We jotted down notes before the scent was revealed to us. (Sandalwood smells like ass, BTW.) When we guessed what it was we were smelling, I was wrong most of the time. Whatever.
Aba also had us use pepper shakers full of coffee beans to cleanse the pallet if weexperienced too much sensory overload.
There are three parts to making this perfume: top notes, middle notes and base notes. We were told tocombine two or three notes in each category. Any more than that, and you’ll probably end up smelling like a sweaty gym sock. That’s my assessment, anyway.
Top notes are the first things you smell when testing a perfume. They’re also the first to fade. Aba saidto think of top notesas those first sparks with a new lover. They’re what draw you in.
We tried these aphrodisiac top notes, whichthe syllabus described as such:
Black pepper: stimulating, promotes alertness, boosts circulation.
Lime: refreshes the mind, relieves anxiety and apathy.
Galbanum: inspires creativity, expansive, encourages deep breathing.
Ylang-ylang: feminine, softening, heart-opening. (Also, this isn’t in the syllabus, but it smells like f*cking heaven. Like, if love had a smell, it’s this sh*t.)
Middle notes are what make you more curious about a scent. They make you want to learn more and get another whiff. They are the focal point of your perfume.We tried these aphrodisiac middle notes:
Rose Otto: Heals emotional wounds, repairs trust and is known as The Queen Of Love. (Clearly, I was using the f*ck out this one).
Jasmine Sambac: dispels guilt, fear and emotional blocks; invites spiritual aspect of intimacy; known as ‘Mistress of the Night (Because jasmine is slutty and blooms only at night.)
Sandalwood: calming, promotes harmony.
Orange blossom: relieves nervousness; encourages one to be present.
Rosewood: anti-depressant and boosts circulation.
Ginger: boosts circulation and have a warming affect on the body.
Finally, base notesprovide the foundation of your perfume. If base notes were lovers, they would stick around even when the other, initial attractions wore off. They’re the smells that linger the longest.We tried these aphrodisiac basenotes:
Labdanum: spicy, warming, intoxicating.
Patchouli: relieves tension, known to inspire libido.
Jasmine grandiflorum: dispels guilt, fear and emotional blocks; invites spiritual aspects of intimacy.
Vanilla bourbon: Invites sensuality and releases inhibitions.
After we had our share of scenting, and after I had wiped my face with alcohol 50times because I couldn’t stop smacking myself in the face with my blotter (I don’t have great depth perception), it was time to make our perfume.
We all starred things we liked after each scent test. I am a very decisive person, so I knew exactly what I was using. I like to keep things simple, so while the other ladies were mixing up earthy-smelling concoctions, I decided to go for a simple, intoxicating and feminine aroma.
To put the perfume together, you go from the bottom up: base, middle, top. You add in the oil drop by drop until you are satisfied with your scent. You don’t want to overpower your notes with too much of something.
My perfume was made of jasmine grandiflorum for a base note, rose otto and orange blossom for the middle notes, and ylang-ylang (or, as I like to call it, what dreams are made of) for the top note.
After I added varying drops of each, both Aba and I smelled my perfume. It was missing something. It was just TOO girly and flowery.
Labdanum! Aba declared. So we added in some spicy, burning, warming AF labdanum. And oh my bonkers, did it work! The scent totally grounded my perfume.
It was a smashing success. I decided to name my scent The Princess Of Sex, because it is both feminine and sexy — like when you were an ultra-girly summer frock and are still super f*ckable.
Per Aba’s suggestion to “be a babe,” I rubbed it behind my ears, on theback of my neck, over my heart and above my belly button.
I was ready to be ravished by the time baepicked me up. I had him smell me.
DOES THIS MAKE YOU HARD!? I asked.
It smells good,” he said. It was not the reaction I was hoping for. I’d just spent two hours of my Sunday afternoon making perfume. I expected a rock hard boner.
IS IT SEXY? I was really looking for confirmation now. I needed to KNOW.
It’s nice, he said. It smells like baby powder. That’s what I thought first.
I was vexed. BABY POWDER? WHAT?!
Yeah, it smells like some kind of combination of flowers and babies,” he said and continued to stroll along, unaffected.
I love the man, but he is clearly insane. This stuff smells like lilacs and heaven. Whatever, bae.
All right, so my perfume didn’t make my boyfriend overcome with lust, but it does smell f*cking GREAT. I’m going to wear it all the time. For anyone curious about essential oils, you’ll definitely learn a lot from this class. I basically have a Ph.D. in essential oils now.
Maybe I’ll quit my day job and become an apothecary, la Romeo and Juliet. JK. Kind of.
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