After sniffing my way through a selection of perfumery accords (or blends) I made notes of each one – from first impressions (smells like a fresh spring morning or your granddad smoking a pipe) to olfactory notes. Next up, a Tinder-style rating occurs of each smell to find my “signature”. I’m drawn to the warm, oriental and woody scents. “It’s quite, er, sensual,” I giggle (explains eventual sexy Hitchcock film reference). I’m converted. I won’t be giving up Chanel altogether but this is a suitably me; a welcome addition to my beauty cupboard. The entire unique olfactory experience is also very fun and instructional.
“All sessions will carry an educational purpose,” Emmanuelle Moeglin, founder of Experimental Perfume Club, tells Hunger. “The one-to-one consultation with our perfumer focuses more on the creation of one’s bespoke fragrance whereas masterclasses are more about the learning process and the olfactory journey before creating a fragrance.” Bespoke beauty in the past has been too expensive to put most off, but with an hour and a half workshop for £95 it’s more accessible to the general public.