My first ever perfume workshop

Is behind me. šŸ™‚

I’d say it went rather well considering it was more of an informal meeting of friends and aroma-enthusiasts (no true perfumista except for me).

Spring garden

Spring garden

There was only 8 of us so we could discuss everything around two tables in the museum’s coffee shop where we met.

I am very glad I listened to Undina’s advice and made a little helping card with the flowers to be featured represented in pictures. It was good that I did that because some floral notes were a difficulty for them even with the cards. But all together, I think everyone had fun, sniffed some good perfumes and probabyl wasn’t as excites as me as in my excitement I completely forgot to take a single photo (and I meant to).

So, without further ado, here are my choices for particular floral notes:

1. Dior: Diorissimo

2. Givenchy Harvest Amarige Mimosa 2007

3. Andy Tauer: Zeta which didn’t go well as linden (no on could smell it) so I gave them my back-up choice, MAC Naked Honey

4. Serge Lutens: Un Lys

5. F. Malle: Angeliques Sous la Pluie (that one turned into a clear favourite)

6. Yves Rocher: Lilas Mauve

7. Diptyque: Ofresia

8. Hermes: Hiris

9. L’Artisan Parfumeur: Fleur de Narcisse (I’m rather upset it’s no longer available)

10. Guerlain: Apres l’Ondee

11. Serge Lutens: Bas de Soie (but the hyacinth wasn’t what they managed to tease out)


Turned out Hiris wasn’t a good choice for iris, I had some samples with me that would have worked much better, Iris Ukioye wouldn’t have worked either it turned out, but TDC Bois d’Iris and DSH l’Eau d’Iris would have (we ascertained that afterwards when I gave them those to smell).

I might be doing another one in 2 months it seems – on tuberose. šŸ˜‰

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12 thoughts on “My first ever perfume workshop

  1. Kafkaesque May 22, 2013 at 08:06 Reply

    It sounds like a lot of fun! What a good idea and wonderful way to spread the addiction. Did any of your friends fall down the perfume rabbit hole? šŸ˜› What was it about the Angeliques Sous la Pluie that made it the clear favorite for so many? šŸ™‚


    • Ines May 22, 2013 at 13:38 Reply

      Hmm, I’m not sure, but one friend is definitely on the brink. šŸ˜‰ She isn’t far from forever falling down.
      I have no idea what made ASLP such a favourite as the beginning of it is so very sharp with angelica that many people thought it un-wearable but then it calms down and turns into a fresh, easy on the nose herbal scent which I’m guessing is rather calming to smell.


  2. lucasai May 22, 2013 at 10:44 Reply

    Lucky you! I also attend perfume workshop but it’s not me who organizes them. I go there to listen to the lecture and sniff. It mist be exciting to be on the other side at teach others a perfume lesson! Congrats


    • Ines May 22, 2013 at 13:39 Reply

      Lucas, as many of my choices were niche, I didn’t really give a lecture, I just named them and said a couple of words. The company names didn’t mean anything to most of them so it was pretty much redundant information.
      But I did open their noses to new possibilities… šŸ˜‰


  3. Suzanne May 23, 2013 at 14:20 Reply

    Glad to hear it went well and that you had fun. You sure did assemble some classy scents!


    • Ines May 24, 2013 at 13:33 Reply

      Thanks Suzanne! I did have fun. It seems the other people did too. šŸ™‚


  4. Undina May 25, 2013 at 09:19 Reply

    It sounds like fun! I’m glad it worked out. But I also think that Zeta isn’t really linden šŸ˜‰


    • Ines May 27, 2013 at 09:28 Reply

      Well, if I really do my best and squint at it right, I can see where the linden is hidden. šŸ˜‰


  5. Natalie May 31, 2013 at 15:07 Reply

    Those are all great choices! You gave them a diverse sampling.


    • Ines June 1, 2013 at 18:52 Reply

      Thanks Natalie! I wanted to broaden their horizons as much as I could. šŸ™‚


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