Every time I guide a client in composing her own signature fragrance, I feel so privileged to be taken along the scent journey of her life: roses from her grandmother’s garden, salty surf from weekends at the beach with her girlfriends, peaches from the pies she bakes with her children. Having my guest tell me about the fragrances she’s worn before and select the ingredients that smell the best to her gives me an idea of what she may want in her custom perfume. But that’s only the starting point.
With each ingredient I put on a tester strip for her to waft, she decides whether it’s right for her here and now. While we discuss why certain essences are used, where they come from, and how safe they are, I guide my guest in combining the ones she likes the most and evaluating how to make the blend succeed. I walk her through how a perfume is composed and what role each section plays in it so that she understands how the choices she makes affect the outcome of her own scent. And with each layer of her custom perfume—from base to heart to top—we come closer and closer to the final elixir that, when she spritzes it on her way out the door, makes her exclaim with a huge smile on her face, “It’s just…me!”