Last updated on March 5, 2019
1. Dream about your signature scent
2. Pick the base note
3. Choose the additives
4. Quantify the additives
Ki Young brought us each a 50ml perfume bottle that was approximately 40ml filled with the woody base note. He asked us to put 40 drops of the additives we had picked. We were to decide how many drops of each additive to include in the perfume.
Keep in mind that top notes evaporate first and base notes last. Since we already had the woody base note, I divided the six additives into top and middle notes, and portioned them accordingly. That is, I put more drops of my middle notes (vanilla, amber and fig) than my top notes (rosewood, white musk and tobacco).
5. Tweak and tinker
Do not freak if the first blend of scents doesn’t turn out well. Mine smelled disorganized or unbalanced, but after adding more of the middle notes (vanilla and amber), it smelled much better. Remember, you can always add more drops, but can’t take out what’s already in there.
When you’re done, name your scent. I named mine firewood, which is what the perfume smells like. And voilà! Enjoy your perfume!
GN Perfume Studio (website): 19 Bangbae-ro 42-gil, Bangbae-dong. Other locations in Myungdong and Itaewon; 070-4521-7737. $35 for 30ml, $50 for 50ml bottle.
What’s your favorite scent? Comment below!