Month: April 2016

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Have you ever heard that saying, “Spend money not on things but on experiences?” I was extremely pleased to receive for my birthday a SingExperience gift certificate for a perfume creation workshop at Goodman Arts Centre.

The day after my birthday, I booked my perfume making class for the very next day.

I spent my afternoon creating my very own perfume that no one else in the world has – unless of course you visit the same exact Perfume Workshop and steal my secret formula sheet!

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Goodman Arts Centre used to be where LaSalle was located at. Admittedly, it is a little far from where I live, but Mountbatten MRT station is conveniently located near to Goodman Arts Centre and you can easily reach the Mountbatten area via the Circle Line.

Now on to the fun stuff! When I arrived, the perfume workshop instructor/perfumer, Prachi, sat me down and gave me a perfume personality quiz! After my perfume-making class, I realised that Prachi had appeared in Channel News Asia. Not just that, Prachi is also working on making an exclusive Singapore perfume made entirely from orchids found in Singapore. She’s very involved in the whole process, and it’s lovely to see her passion for perfume!

She let me smell the Singapore perfume she had created. And I told her that it smells just like a Singapore hotel.

The perfume smells very classy and worldly, and it is also very localised fragrance, being made from orchids found in Singapore. There will be a feminine fragrance and a masculine one as well. I can’t wait to see it go out on the market, and I am very excited for Prachi. She’s really going places with her perfume business!

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In the personality quiz, you answer 20 fun questions about yourself. It’s a multiple choice answer type of thing, but I did spend some time thinking about my answers.

Prachi told me that the questions will be used as a starting point for the perfume creation. Prachi is really hands-on and informative, and was ready to answer any questions I had for her. No question was too difficult for her either!

So what did the personality quiz reveal? Each type of scent (floral, citrus, fresh, woody, oriental) corresponds with different personality types. From the quiz, it will decipher what kind of personality type and what kind of fragrance you will most likely be a fan of.

For example, floral people are usually more introverted, citrus and fresh people are said to be extroverts, oriental types are the kind to take charge.

So based on my answers, the personality quiz found that I was a person who leaned more towards floral and woody scents, followed by citrus, fresh, then finally, oriental scents.

And true enough, when the instructor checked the notes of my favourite everyday scent, Balenciaga Paris, she found that it was a floral and woody fragrance. So she said that the personality quiz was quite accurate for me!

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The next part involved a lot of smelling. Maybe 450 scents in total!? But luckily I had fun and it wasn’t enough to kill my olfactory senses just yet. It was only later on the perfume creation process when I had to smell several variations of my own perfume concoctions that my nose started to protest a little.

In front of me was a big unfoldable box filled with shelves of various aromas, ranging from the floral to the woody, to oriental to fresh and citrus scents.

Based on my results, I had to pick out several floral scents, a few oriental scents, a few fresh scents, many woody scents, and several citrus scents.

The ratio of fragrances was based on my personality test results – the extent to which I was a “floral” person, a “woody” personality type, etc.

Interestingly enough, this personality test did help create an accurate and gorgeous fragrance that smelled like a real, high-end perfume.

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One of the notes I chose was “Aldehydic Notes” (below).

I told Prachi that this scent reminded me of my Grandmother. Prachi smiled and she asked me, “Does your Grandmother wear a lot of Chanel No. 5?” I was a little surprised. “Yes! How did you know?”

Now  you might wonder, what’s so special about it, I’ve never heard of “Aldehydic Notes”?

Well, Prachi told me that this was what made Chanel No. 5 perfume smell like the famous and memorable perfume that it is. A lot of Aldehydic Notes goes into making Chanel No. 5.

You really learn something new everyday!

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Here are several of the floral scents that I picked out. I still can’t believe my nose went through 450 or so scents.

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Here are some of my favourite “Woody” fragrances! I had to narrow this lot to a select few. Woody notes tend to be base notes. Base notes are the long-lasting part of a perfume, remaining when the top and middle notes have faded away. When you think of woody scents, you think of patchouli, sandalwood, cedarwood.

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This was my first go at making perfume – I made a mistake!

I added too big and too many drops of each scent.. Oops. (I definitely can’t be a chemist hmm). You really have to be patient when you’re dropping each drop of aroma.

I think I’m a little too impatient and have too short an attention span to consider making perfume for a living.

I decided to leave it up to Prachi and her assistant to help..

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These are the top notes of my perfume – top notes generally are citrus scents, but sometimes they can be woody scents like pepper.

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Prachi recommended a website to me, but being a perfume lover, I’ve already heard of fragrantica.com – it’s pretty much a perfume dictionary and encyclopaedia of sorts.

It’s a very detailed and organised website and can show you customer reviews of perfumes and colognes, and what kind of scent each perfume is – is it more woody or more floral, or more oriental, what kind of floral notes are inside – all your perfume questions can be answered at fragrantica.com.

Prachi passed me a Formula Sheet for me to fill in as I formulated what was going to go into my first perfume. We went through 3 Test Perfumes before arriving at our finalised bottle of perfume.

On the sheet I wrote down what types of scents went into each perfume test and how many drops of each scent was to be included.

Each bottle indicated “T”, “M”, “B”, or “A”, so when filling up the formula sheet, I could easily see what would be the top notes, base notes, etc for my perfume.

Without giving away the secret of the number of drops of each scent, this is what went into my perfume:

Top Notes (top notes are the lightest of the notes, and what you smell initially in a perfume) 
Solar Notes
Pear
Bright Asian Fruits
Freesia
Wisteria

Middle Notes (middle notes are the heart of a perfume, and make up most of the perfume)   
Tulip
Magnolia
Aldehydic Notes
Hawaiian Puakenikeni
Yuzu

Base Notes (base notes are the main theme of the perfume and bring depth to a perfume) 
Tiger Lily
Himalayan Herbs
Safraleine & Amyris
Gurjan Balsam
Oud
Nutmeg
Bamboo
Vetiver

Accords Notes (Accords are a balanced blend of notes which create an impression of a scent) 
Ylang Key Accord
Tobacco Accord
Cologne Accord

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Prachi was very helpful and could easily tell me which notes would “ruin” the perfume and make it not smell like a true perfume anymore. One example was “Spearmint”. I really wanted a drop of Spearmint in my perfume, but she did tell me that it would engulf the perfume.

We tried a drop of Spearmint and true enough, it really overwhelmed the entire perfume. for the first few minutes, my perfume smelled solely of Spearmint! When I smelled the perfume, I could not catch a whiff of any of the other top-middle notes.

Only after maybe 15-20 minutes did the Spearmint smell completely fade away as Spearmint is a top note.

Some scents are just so overwhelming, like Eucalyptus, Chai Tea.

I do love these scents, but they’re just a little difficult to mix into a perfume and wear as one.

Ta da! My first test. I liked my first perfume formula the best and decided to go with the sweet floral and woody scent.

What does my perfume smell like, you ask?

It reminds me of floral sunscreen and clean newborn babies!

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Here is a bottle of Eau de Rachel! I believe the perfume bottle is made from crystal. Too cool.

I’m still so excited about having my very own perfume! This is really one of the best birthday gifts ever.

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After all the perfume smelling and perfume creating, I was very hungry as I hadn’t eaten much apart from a small slice of banana bread cake. I headed down to Cafe Melba at Goodman Arts Centre and had a thin-crust pizza with pepperoni, rockets, artichokes, spinach and olives.

There is also a 3 Michelin Star Restaurant in Goodman Arts Centre, and it’s called La Barca. They serve Tuscan fare and even have veal and seasonal truffles on the menu. It sounds very delicious and enticing!

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To sign up for a perfume workshop, do check out Je’taime Perfumery and Goodman Arts Centre!

Je’taime Perfumery
Goodman Arts Centre,
90 Goodman Road
Block B,
#04-10

Tel: +65 9181 4871
Website: http://jetaime-singapore.com
Website: http://www.goodmanartscentre.sg

Bespoke Box SG

As far as I’m aware, Bespoke Box SG is the first of its kind of boxes in Singapore, and so I immediately knew I had to give Bespoke Box SG a try!

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Bespoke Box SG came to fruition with a fabulous idea by three women who understood the pains of girlhood and womanhood. In a world that often frowns upon any mention of periods and pads, this is a welcome and awesome revolution in itself, made by women for women.

In their very cute and spirited yet true words, “To make this period (pun intended) more bearable for our fellow comrades, we curated an anti-PMS kit in hopes of bringing some comfort and fun!”

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What is Bespoke Box SG?

Bespoke Box SG is a monthly subscription service for ladies who have to go through that especially horrible time of month.

Bespoke Box comes in three different subscription plans – 3 months, 6 months, and a 1 year plan.

Needless to say, for most of us, when Aunt Flo comes to visit, we have to endure her for several days. At times, the pain is just so unbearable that you can’t leave your bed.

Personally, the very worst of periods would have my legs feeling like heavy logs of wood, and it feels like I have a rubberband around my waist and I simply feel so drained and lethargic that I literally cannot stand.

So that’s where Bespoke Box SG comes in. On a monthly basis, to put a smile back on your face and to make this awful few days of the month a little more bearable, Bespoke Box SG will send a special box of goodies right to your doorstep once a month!

Not only that, they will send it a week before your period comes! How thoughtful is that?

And for those of us who might not be able to commit long-term, why not get the single month boxes to try out first? There are so many options for you to choose from on their website (www.bespokebox.sg), and they make a great gift idea for girlfriends.

And even better, Bespoke Box SG offers free local shipping! Hurray!

Now to the fun part – Unboxing!

In each and every Bespoke Box SG package are 5 amazing handpicked products curated by the ladies of Bespoke Box SG.

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These range from essential beauty products to feminine hygiene products, delicious snacks, and little artisanal gifts. There will always be something for everyone.

All items in the monthly subscription box comes in either travel size or full size, so you needn’t worry about receiving sample size items. Plus, Bespoke Box SG will always choose the best quality out there, and so rest assured you will get your money’s worth!

My Bespoke Box SG was valued at $37 and retailed at $22. Isn’t it a nice feeling knowing that you’re getting what you pay for? And if you need more reasons to try Bespoke Box SG, you’ll know that you’ll be supporting small local businesses in Singapore by purchasing a box.

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In my kit, I received a cute handmade voodoo doll, a pack of Poise pantyliners, a Sierra Bee’s honey lip balm, PMS tea, a Crabtree & Evelyn Summer Hill Hand Therapy travel size hand cream, a box of Chocolate Pocky, and a Pretz snack!  

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I thought that the chocolate Pocky was really smart to include in the Bespoke Box SG because when you’re experiencing PMS and on your period, nothing tastes as good or is as comforting as chocolate. After all, chocolate doesn’t ask questions!

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The Crabtree & Evelyn hand cream was lovely and balmy, and had a heavenly and relaxing fragrance. I loved it. Plus the act of moisturizing your hands and elbows is so calming. Om!

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The organic PMS herbal tea was a great and thoughtful idea – several amazing tea bags to calm down the senses, put you in a good mood and to alleviate PMS symptoms! Oh, and it’s caffeine-free if you’re allergic to caffeine like me.

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The Sierra Bee’s honey lip balm was simply amazing and really moisturized my otherwise cracked and poorly lips! The honey flavour was really there, unlike others I’ve tried – I could tell there was real honey in the lipbalm. Plus it’s friendly for small bags so it’s convenient when you’re travelling or simply leaving the house.

Sadly, I haven’t yet had the chance to open the Pretz, but I’m sure I will enjoy this savoury snack when I’m having cravings in the middle of the night.

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And I loved that the Poise pantyliners were part of my Bespoke Box. Never underestimate the usefulness of Poise when Aunty Flo might turn up at any moment!! (Oh, the horror.)

I thought the voodoo doll was quite hilarious!!A friend even asked me to give the voodoo doll to them! Hahaha hmm sadly I haven’t figured out any spells… or have had anyone made me so mad that I want to stab a voodoo doll. (Yet.)

So, where and how do I sign up for Bespoke Box SG?!

To sign up, simply follow this easy step-by-step guide below!

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Oh, and did you know – Bespoke Box SG will even calculate your cycle for you? How fantastic is that.

So if you get the year-long subscription, you can just look out for the postman with a Bespoke Box SG in hand and you will know Aunty Rose will be visiting soon and mentally prepare for your period.

Lastly, don’t forget to visit www.bespokebox.sg to shop their monthly subscriptions! (:

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