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Design your own Fragrance with The Perfume Studio

Tell me one person who doesn’t love smelling great. Yes, I’m one of those women with an array of perfumes for every mood, occasion or change of season. Do you have a favourite perfume? Now, imagine creating your own bespoke perfume and exuding the aroma of a goddess or god!

Create your own perfume

Design your own Fragrance with The Perfume Studio

From Britney Spears, Pharrell Williams to Beyonce, everyone seems to be making their own eau de sleb. Now us mere mortals can jump on the bandwagon and create our own perfume. And let me tell you, it does feel pretty special. It’s all possible through the BuyaGift experience days, they have over 4000 to choose from and perfume making is just one.

Design your own Fragrance with The Perfume Studio

The Perfume Studio is a fabulous concept which places its clients in control. The opportunity to create your own signature luxury fragrance is quite empowering. From a range of 21 exquisite blends created by master perfumer Francois Robert, it’s a fun and easy process to design your own scent.

Francois comes from a family of renowned perfumers, his grandfather was the creator of Chanel 19 and Francois himself is the man behind Charlotte Tilbury’s Scent of a Dream.

Design your own Fragrance with The Perfume Studio

These fabulous masterclasses are available at various locations around the UK  and last around 2 hours. With a glass of bubbly in hand you delve into the wonderful realm of perfumery. The trained master perfumers offer the chance to sample each sumptuous blend, explain their properties and how each relates to different personality traits.

I found it fascinating how your choice of blend also reveals part of your identity. It’s like a perfume and psychology workshop rolled into one.

Design your own Fragrance with The Perfume Studio

There are so many scents rolling around, after a while it became hard to differentiate. Top tip – keep sniffing the bag of coffee beans, it helps to neutralise your sense of smell before moving onto the next.

Perfume making process

The master perfumers guide help identify the type of note each is blend belongs to, whether it be top, middle or base note. For example top notes make a very impressive initial impact, but don’t last long.

Design your own Fragrance with The Perfume Studio

Mid notes are the most important and help to set the tone, whilst base notes is where the longevity lies and forms the body of your fragrance. You know the lingering aroma on your scarf, that’s your base note.

Design your own Fragrance with The Perfume Studio

Create your own scent

After half an hour of smelling my way through all 21 blends, I finally made my decision with a four blend mix fragrance. For someone who likes staying power, I opted for two base notes – Woody (Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Tonka and Amber) and Mossy (Oakmoss, Patchouli, Orange, Labdanum, Styrax and Armoise). Combined they both gave a rather sophisticated edge to the fragrance. My middle tone came from Neroli (Bergamot, Lemon, Neroli, Mandarin, Rosemary, Green Tea) adding a fresh floral citrus edge and depth alongside the rosemary. Finishing with a top note of Green (Green Teas, Boronia and Aloe Vera), and a zap of freshness like gorgeous freshly cut green grass or raw green bananas. Named Curious of course!

Design your own Fragrance with The Perfume Studio

Curious is best described as a refined, almost masculine fragrance with musky, woody notes and an essence of the exotic. Typical of the type of scents I’m drawn too, I’ve never been the sweet, floral type. With this in mind I chose my packaging to compliment the scent, a 20ml elegant navy atomiser.

Design your own Fragrance with The Perfume Studio

The Perfume Studio’s impressive range of bottles, cases and atomisers in an array of colours relate to the different packages offered. They even have stylish pens with a mini atomiser attached to the top – Very James Bond! Fear not, no matter which package you choose from BuyaGift, you can easily pay the extra if you’re seduced by a bigger bottle on the day. And the cherry on the cake your scent can be registered on The Perfume Studio database and reordered whenever you run out. Your own fragrance for life, how amazing is that?!


This makes the perfect gift and is such a fun and personal experience, I can’t recommend it enough. And as it’s nearly Christmas I have a giveaway! One lucky follower can win a Design Your Own Perfume Gold Experience for One. Head over to my Instagram the Curious Pixie for your chance to win this wonderful experience.

Good Luck!



Design your own Fragrance with The Perfume Studio


  • Bejal 27th November 2018 at 9:17 am

    What a fantastic experience this is. I like the sound of your scent as I’m not really a sweet floral person myself! Also love the idea of being bale to re-order your scent when it runs out-fab gifting idea!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 30th November 2018 at 2:14 pm

      So much fun Bejal. Love the idea your scent goes into a fragrance library too.

  • Laura 28th November 2018 at 2:01 pm

    This really did look like so much fun! Must have been hard choosing with all the different smells!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 30th November 2018 at 2:15 pm

      Really tricky! Then everything starts smelling the same. Thank god for the coffee beans.

  • kerry 1st December 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Ohhh this looks amazing! I did see it on your stories and was very jealous. Like you, I am a huge perfume fan, and your perfume you made sounds right up my street. I love masculine, smoky, woody scents.

  • Michelle 3rd January 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Sounds really amazing creating your own unique perfume. One of my signature scents is lavender and sage.


    • Sima Sthanakiya 7th January 2019 at 10:03 am

      I loved it! I love the scent of lavender, completely relaxes me.

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