The Process of a Bespoke Perfume Maker

How we Produce Our Bespoke Perfumes

The company began experimenting in 2012 with pressing coconut oil and black seed using a manual pressing machine from the Netherlands. Amyris then moved onto operating electrical machines with ingredients including almond oil, black seed oil, flax seed oil and mustard oil. Another machine was imported so that we could use coconut oil. We then moved onto using the distillation process so that we could utilise essential oils which was really the start of our journey into making bespoke perfumes. Now, as a bespoke perfume maker, we can create all kinds of perfumes and fragrances.






How Our Perfumes are Created

The creation and production of perfumes is a complex and arduous process. Perfumes are made using essential oils and fragrance oils. Essential oils are more expensive and number in the hundreds, whereas fragrance oils number in the thousands as they are created synthetically. Essential oils are obtained through a distillation process and this is what causes a higher cost. For example, one of the most expensive oils is Bulgarian Rose essential oil, which requires tons of rose petals to create one litre of rose oil. Geranium leaves can also contribute to the unique aroma of Bulgarian Rose essential oil which contributes to the cost.

Because of the expense involved in using essential oils, advances in science and chemistry allowed for the creation of fragrant oils. These are oils created in the laboratory which derive from petrochemicals. Fragrant oils are very cheap to produce and can mimic any smell. As a bespoke perfume maker, we can produce fragrances using either/or both ingredients.



Bespoke Perfumes and Fragrances sold by perfumer Amyris Fragrance. Dry ingredients to be distilled.


The Notes of Fragrant Oils

Both of fragrant and essential oils are divided into three categories or notes. There are top/hard notes, middle/heart notes and base notes.

Top / Hard Notes

For example, some top/hard notes include bergamot oil, cinnamon oil, clove oil, petitgrain oil and pink pepper oil. These can be smelt immediately upon the first application of the perfume and consist of small, light molecules that evaporate quickly. Because the user can smell these notes first, they are extremely important in the selling of the perfume. The ingredients that create this note are strong and explosive but disperse quickly. Citrus and ginger aromas are also common top/hard notes.

Middle / Heart Notes

Common middle/heart notes include almond blossom oil, red apple oil, cucumber oil and rose oil. These scents will arise when the top/hard notes have evaporated. The middle/heart note forms the main body of the perfume and emerges during the middle phase of the diffusion process. The middle/heart notes can often disguise the initial fragrance of the base note which normally takes some time before becoming agreeable. Lavender and rose are common aromas, and are often discoverable about twenty to sixty minutes after the application of the perfume.

Base Notes

Lastly, the aroma of the base notes will come into effect. These scents are constructed of large, heavy molecules that dissolve slowly, and they will often only be discoverable about thirty minutes after the perfume has been sprayed on. The scents from base notes are can be particularly musky and can lost as long as twenty-four hours on the person. Common oils that form base notes are agarwood oil, angelica oil, caramel oil, vanilla oil, rosewood oil and oak moss oil.

Bespoke Perfumes and Fragrances. Bergamot essential oil top note.

Bespoke Perfumes and Fragrances. Rose essential oil middle note.

Bespoke Perfumes and Fragrances. Vanilla essential oil base note.






Perfumer selling Bespoke Perfumes and Fragrances.

The Structure of Our Perfumes

Generally speaking, there is a common rule of thumb which most perfumers abide by. So, perfumes will generally consist of 30% top notes, 45% middle notes and 25% base notes.

  • Perfumes: 15-30% oils and the rest is dilutant. There are a number of dilutant products in the market but we use perfumers alcohol.
  • Eau de Parfum:  8-15% oils, the rest is dilutant.
  • Eau de Toilette: 5-8% oils, the rest is dilutant.
  • Eau de Cologne: 3-5% oils, the rest is dilutant.






Using Perfumes in a Safe and Responsible Way

Perfumes are created using a number of oils which are very volatile. These oils are also very flammable and it is very important to take the utmost care when applying perfumes and fragrances to your body. Always follow the instructions on the perfume packaging and remember these important rules:

  • Wash your hands before and after using perfume.
  • Keep perfumes away from pets and children.
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke when handling fragrances.
  • Use perfumes in a well-ventilated room.
  • Keep the lids on bottles when perfumes are not in use.
  • Store your fragrances in a cool, dark place and away from direct sunlight.
  • Always keep fragrances away from an open flame.

For more information about our bespoke perfume maker services, please contact us.

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