We wanted to know how to make perfumes. It has actually been years since that idea sprouted but I guess we never had time because we were very busy. Finally, this rainy season in Quezon City (July-Sept) we finally got time. (Or we opted to have time?) Maybe, with all the rains outside, we wanted to have an indoor activity where we can learn and (perhaps) start a new business venture. Yes, business venture… as doing travel blogs alone is a bit expensive. Why not develop our brand of perfumes and sell… and get rich?
If you want to hide under the scorching sun or the moody rains of Quezon City or just want to try something new, we recommend you try BC Fragrance’ perfume making workshop.
Here are the 9 Things to Expect on your Perfume Making Experience in Quezon City, Philippines!
1.) How do we smell?
How do we smell? It obviously starts with our nose where olfactory nerves deliver messages to the brain. As per scientific research, our brain can recognize nearly 10,000 unique odors. We just need to smell as many odors as possible.
2.) Learn from the Expert
‘I really want Filipinos to be creative on making their own fragrances.’- Bernadette Lim
Your teacher will be Bernadette Lim, a perfume addict and perfume collector by passion and a Perfumer and Certified Fragrance Specialist by profession. She has studied in New York and Thailand about Fragrance and Perfume Making.
3.) Basic Fragrance Knowledge
You will know how perfumes are made through processes such as distillation, expression, maceration and enfleurage. You will also be given a chance to smell different fragrances and categorise those to olfactive groups: aldehydes, aromatic, citrus, green, soft floral, heavy floral, fruity, spicy, gourmand, woody, marine, leather, and oriental.
Trivia: Like weak humans who become stronger with the test of times, a weak scent of a perfume becomes stronger over time.
4.) Overflowing Lunch
There will be a lunch break not only for your nose but your tummy! And I guess the food sufficed our gluttony. Like that calderata which overflowed on its bowl.
5.) Selecting your scents
You have to select your top, middle and bottom notes. A perfume is like a music having three sets of notes. These notes are created purposely with knowledge of the evaporation process of the perfume. I selected fragrances which can be found locally here in the Philippines.
6.) Formulating your own perfume
We formulated our compound for a parfum ( which is 20-30% concentration), eau de parfum (which is 15-20% concentration), eau de toilette (which is 8-15% concentration), and eau de cologne (which is 3-8% concentration)
7.) Branding your perfume
I branded mine ‘The Prince of Sta. Cruz’ as we have sampaguita plantations in my town which I think can produce and export Sampaguita fragrance. Now prince? Because I think I am a prince in my own humblest ways. My girlfriend branded hers as ‘Liz#1’
8.) Receive your Certificate of Completion of the Course
Yes, something to boast and upload on Facebook? Or maybe tell your grandchildren.
9.) Bring Home your Creations
You can bring home your creations!
If you guys are interested on making your perfumes, you can check the calling card on above picture. Or visit their company’s website here: https://shop.bcfragrance.com/workshops/
Perfume making? Now you’re talking. I’ve done this in Grasse in France, the home of great perfumiers and it was an amazing experience. I could have stayed in the village for days instead of the few hours I was there.
Wow that’s nice! I hope I can also visit France ❤️🌹
Most of the pics are ‘broken links’ for me.
Like the other commentator, I’ve done this in Grasse/France before. It’s worthwhile to go there, as you’ll also see the fields of plants out of which most of the perfume ingredients are made.
Is the course in Q.C. in English or Tagalog? And which are the local plants used for perfumes?
Hi Luis, it is Taglish (Tagalog-English) but pure English is also fine as everyone can understand English as people who normally attend the workshop are socialites… The instructor speaks very fluent English