Guys, I think I might have just stumbled across the next big thing in fragrance. Blending your own perfume is certainly no new concept, but essential oils are hard to come by and expensive, not to mention they take years to learn and master. So instead, how about a $51 foolproof materials and tools kit that makes anyone a perfumer, regardless of previous experience or knowledge? Do I have your attention now? Think Mother’s Day and Christmas gifts, think birthday party activity for kids, think your own personalized bottle of perfume for less than the price of a pair of jeans. Like I said, this is big.
Demeter Fragrance Library is no stranger to innovative products, but this takes their expertise to a whole other level. In June I wrote about their new Foolproof Blending Trios, which offer their signature Pick Me Up colognes in sets of three (1 oz each) that are especially curated to play nice in any layering combination ($45*). This autumn they’re kicking it up a notch with the addition of the Foolproof Blending Tool Kit, a $6* optional add-on that comes with an empty bottle and pump, droppers, a funnel and blotters that can be used to mix up a totally original juice. Not interested in the dozens of Demeter Trios that cater to every taste? That’s fine, use the Tool Kit and whatever scents you have at home to get creative. The possibilities are endless, and the price is unbeatable.
For the purpose of this review I requested three scents from the permanent collection called Jasmine, Lavender and Gin & Tonic respectively. You too can choose personalized sets like this from the My Foolproof Blending Trio option on the official website (link below). In hindsight I wish I would have picked a more “deep” scent instead of two florals in order to create a traditional perfume pyramid (maybe Sunshine, a light vanilla gourmand), but they’re called Foolproof for a reason so I thought, what the hell. Jasmine is a very fresh and clean take on the traditionally heavy floral, it has the essence but is only a fraction of what I want in a true jasmine scent. Lavender, traditionally used in aromatherapy for stress relief, takes on a very herbal edge that reads rather animalic with an off-putting metallic aspect, again not what I was expecting. And Gin & Tonic is a fun Old Spice-type, very masculine and fresh with an old-fashioned feel. An odd trio for sure, the trick was going to be making them work.
I begun by spraying each scent on a blotter and combining them in different pairings (Jasmine and Lavender, Lavender and Gin & Tonic, Gin & Tonic and Jasmine, and all three together). It quickly became apparent that not all Pick Me Up colognes are created equal: Jasmine was the strongest in any pairing, followed by Lavender, and Gin & Tonic came in last each time. Next I took to replicating those blends on the skin in a 1-1 ratio, which proved a little more exciting. On the skin they play different than on paper, and I began toying with the ratio to come up with different possibilities. What I settled on was 1 part J, 1 part L, and 3 parts G&T. It was a fabulous blend, now the trick was to bottle it and see if it would translate. Professional perfumers spend years learning what ingredients will cancel each other out or bring out the best in each other, but I only had one chance to get it right.
The mixing process was as fun (and as messy) as any childhood craft project. Using the provided droppers I poured each part into the empty bottle (note that 4 of the 6 fragile droppers broke during use, which was a little discouraging) and gave it a good shake. I sprayed the concoction and lo and behold, my skin A) did not melt off, and B) smelled as good as the paper blend. The experiment had been a success! In about an hour I went from three seperate fragrances to an original blend I call “Faun’s Meadow,” inspired by the drunken goat-men of Greek mythology, dancing in a field of flowers. It features the floral notes in a most masculine manner, and is truly something I will enjoy wearing. When people ask, I can even say I made it myself. Decorating the bottle with stickers was an added bonus.
So in conclusion, the My Foolproof Blending Trio and Foolproof Blending Tool Kit get a big thumbs up from me. I will gladly order several more kits in the future for more fun adventures in blending. I encourage you to take risks in your fragrance layering journey, and have fun with it. It is, after all, only perfume. Foolproof sets to keep in mind as you begin your search: Edible (Vanilla Cake Batter, Strawberry Ice Cream, Coconut), Herbal (Parsley, Provence Meadow, Green Tea), and the scrumptious-sounding Chocolate (Chocolate Mint, Moonbeam, Dark Chocolate). These are subject to change with time so jump on it!
*Prices true at time of writing.
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