Some of us love wearing a scent that marks us as being part of a tribe, whether that’s well-heeled women wafting in clouds of Le Labo Santal 33, sophisticates scented with Chanel No.5 or the more bohemian among us who plump for Byredo Gypsy Water.
However, if the thought of smelling your scent on somebody else in the lift fills you with horror, you’re in luck. The Experimental Perfume Club has launched a bespoke blending bar in Harvey Nichols where you can tinker with top notes to your heart’s content.
The Perfumer’s Nest will allow you to play around with the brand’s signature scents, called “Layers” – including some exclusive to the store – until you find your perfect blend, with thousands of potential combinations. The service takes about ten minutes, and starts at £95, and you can go back and get a refill of just the scent for £42 when you start to run low.
Experimental Perfume Club founder Emmanuelle Moeglin started the brand in 2016 with the goal of making fragrance fun again. “We believe in providing unique olfactory experiences alongside our fragrances. Bespoke perfumery allows our customers to take an active part in their fragrance choice,” she explained. Some of the scents available for blending include crowd-pleasers like fig, neroli and jasmine, as well slightly more obscure notes like bergamot and spices.
If you can’t make it to Harvey Nichols, you can still create your own special scent at home with EPC. Meanwhile, Harrods Salon de Parfum offers a range of bespoke and semi-bespoke options from the likes of Penhaligons and Ex Nihilo.
A fully bespoke service, where you meet with a nose over a period of months and have them essentially create a unique fragrance fingerprint for you might set you back as much as £25,000 – but should you be feeling flush, Roja Dove or Azzi Glasser, perfumer to the likes of Kylie Minogue and Helen Bonham Carter, will be very happy to see you.