Perfumery Goals

Oct 6 / M.J. Nightingale
Are you interested in creating your own signature perfume?
Well, before you start haphazardly blending together a bunch of scents, let's talk about the importance of having an objective...

Think about it like this: you wouldn't start driving your car without a destination in mind, right? You could end up somewhere incredible... or you could end up driving off a cliff. The same goes for creating a perfume. You need to have a goal in mind and decide what you're trying to achieve. Try to be like Goldilocks and get it just right, for your taste or your customer.
But how do you do that? Well, it's all about knowing your materials and having the right ingredients in the right quantities. Just like when you're making an apple pie, you need to know what type of pastry, apples, and spices to use. Too much of one ingredient and you've ruined the whole thing.
So, when you're creating a perfume, think about the type of scent you want to achieve. Do you want a spicy floral scent or a sexy perfume with animalic notes? Once you have a clear objective in mind, use tools like mood boards or mind-mapping to keep you focused.
When I created Drama Queen, I knew I wanted a therapeutic scent that could be worn daily, but also appreciated by others. By putting my ideas into words and pictures, I was able to stay focused on my objective.

But what happens if it's not working out? Don't be afraid to take a step back and look at your inspirations and materials. And remember, if it's a complete disaster, you can always start again.

So, don't put all your ideas into a single scent. Concentrate on one perfume at a time and start with minimal ingredients that match your objective. And most importantly, have fun and enjoy the creative journey!
Don’t put all your ideas into a single scent. Just as a designer can’t put all their ideas into a single dress!

Keep an editing eye on your creations. If you have some fabulous ideas, make notes and keep them for another time and another perfume.
Concentrate on one perfume at a time and start with minimal ingredients, that match your objective.

You can always add, you cannot take away.

If it’s a complete disaster, then start again. At least you’ll have discovered what didn’t work!
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