Bespoke Fragrance FAQs

Face to Face : Our Perfumer will be sitting across the table in person. The periods of visit are predetermined as per the perfumer’s travel schedules.

Virtual: The Perfumers will chat with you over the internet. Here the consultation timing has greater flexibility and can be fixed at short notice. Since there is optimum utilisation of perfumer time the virtual consultation is much cheaper.

The process of bespoke perfume creation is an extremely gradual and complex. Since this is something that most clients would like to hold on to for a very long period, we don’t rush it. We want to ensure it is as perfect as it can be. From the consultation to the final perfume, which is ready for use takes a minimum of 3 months.
Anything you want really! The name, the label design, the box and even the bottle! This is your kid in the candy shop moment.
We take the payment at two stages. First part when the project is initiated, second part when the samples are ready for trial. The split is usually 70% and 30%
Through Bank Transfer, Credit/Debit Card electronic payment. Whatever suits you best.
Yes, the composition is yours to re-order whenever you want. You can even gift it to family and friends. It is something that you can even ‘will’ to your next generation.
Once created it costs only a fraction of the first bespoke fee. The price varies depending on the ingredients used.
That’s easy. Just drop us a note at hello@3003bc.com . We’ll take it from there. You should get your bespoke fragrance within 3 – 4 weeks. Your original perfumer will make them for you.
Of course, If there is someone special you want to share this perfume with then simply let us know.
Our perfumers are very particular about the authenticity and quality of the ingredients. They draw upon long tested sources to create your perfume. You can be rest assured that your perfume will contain the best ingredients there are in the world.

Due to ethical reasons we avoid use of natural animal products.

It is really difficult to put a number. Depending on the interpretation it could contain up to 30 ingredients. Our perfumers are not limited by a number. Whatever composition needs to be made they will do so.
The reason for an extended interaction is for the perfumer to get a clear understanding of your personality, fragrance preferences, usage occasion etc. With their years of experience and over countless sessions with many clients they have honed this skill.
We will never give your composition to anyone else, unless you want us to share it with someone.


How to apply fragrance

Fragrance Families

10 Unique fragrances


Fragrance FAQs

“Fragrances, like wine and music, are grouped into families. Each is superb in its own right, but usually there will be one or two that you prefer. There is no unanimous agreement on the exact number and categorisation of families. Some experts divide them into four main families and sub families under each one, some say it is 6 some 7 and others 8. While there are many different classifications proposed by experts around the world. We have chosen to focus on the seven most accepted groupings. Within each family there could be certain sub-categories.

Fresh
Floral
Aldehyde
Oriental
Cyphere
Fougére
Woody

These families are formed by an analysis of the constituents and the way they combine with each other to release the fragrances. Some are more male while some are definitively female. A couple of them encompass both male, female and unisex perfumes.

The individual elements in a perfume are called notes, e.g. jasmine, rose, sandalwood, and the many other flowers, herbs, spices and woods that are used to create perfumes.

Together, combining these individual notes, perfumers around the world have created some of the iconic fragrances that we have grown to love. The language of perfumery synonymous  to that of music.

In classical perfumery the perfumer will arrange his ingredients/notes in a pyramid shape.

Top/Head Notes are what you experience as the perfume touches your skin;  these are usually lighter – citrus, herbs, fruits etc. and can last up to 30 mins

The Middle/Heart Notes are what follow the top notes and tend to be floral – lavender, jasmine etc.  These notes can be sensed after 20-30 mins of application however sometimes they may appear at the start of the fragrance. They can last up to 2-3 hours.

Finally, the Base/Fond Notes, these are generally the heavier smelling notes, e.g. sandalwood. musk, oak moss.  They have a direct relation to the staying power of the perfume. These notes can be sensed up to 8-10 hours (depending up on the concentration). The smell of some of the expensive perfumes (using Oud) can be experienced up to 24 hrs.

A Perfume is composed – literally composed, with different notes – to create a complex blend, from different raw materials…

These include natural materials, distilled or extracted directly from flowers, barks, seeds, roots, fruits, herbs woods etc. Perfumers also use synthetics – man-made molecules, including the famous aldehydes. Chanel No5 is the first perfume to have been made such and the one that changed the perception of synthetic material. Violet cannot be extracted from the plant so is bound to be synthetic. Musks are also bound to be synthetic else the animal has to be killed for this to happen.

A perfume may contain 12, 20, 30 or more different materials. However you need to remember that more does not mean better. The key is how the different ingredients harmonise together.

These acronyms are used to describe the strength or concentration of essential oils in a fragrance. They vary from fragrance to fragrance, but below is a guide. In general, the higher the percentage, the higher the price – but be aware that different concentrations (Perfume, or Eau de Toilette, etc.) may also have different notes in them, and not simply be weaker or stronger.

Extract/solid perfume – 20-30%
Perfume – 15-25 %
Eau de Parfum (EDP) – 8-15%
Eau de Toilette (EDT) – 4-8%
Cologne (EDC) – 2-4%
After Shave – 2-4%
Soap – 2-4%
Body cream/lotion – 3-4%

It is an Opinion!

Mostly marketing, to categorise it, bit like body cream for women and men. However, what is clear is that certain heavy smelling perfumes are a hit with men who want to cast off a more masculine impression. Similarly, floral perfumes are very popular amongst women due to its light and gentle smell. Unisex fragrances fall in-between.

Now a days the niche perfume makers are challenging the status-quo by creating wonderful fragrances that can we wore by everyone.
Our recommendation, try it out, experiment and wear something that resonates with you and represents the unique you.

Usually, a Parfum or Extrait, the most concentrated form, should last for eight to ten hours; an eau de toilette, for three or four hours, sometimes longer if it is more concentrated. It normally varies from person to person. It also depends on the environmental conditions. i.e. warm/cold day, you are outdoors Vs indoors etc.
The heat helps diffuse and magnify the aroma of fragrance. The “pulse points” on the body are the perfect activators for perfume.The skin is especially warm there because of good blood circulation.  Fragrance should be applied to several pulse points for instance, at the base of the throat, the small of your back and your navel, on your wrist. Some woman are also known to have applied fragrances at the back of their knees.  If you prefer to have your fragrance trail you, apply it at the nape of your neck – just on the hairline – the heat and movement will diffuse the fragrance.
Spray about 20cm away from your skin. An even spray over a wider area will help your fragrance last longer than a generous amount in a small area.
We will suffer from olfactory fatigue. So even though we are still smelling something, we may not be registering or identifying it as much as we did on first contact. It’s the same reason why don’t identify our own home’s unique “smell” unless we’ve been on holiday – or at least away from it for several hours. So while your brain isn’t necessarily feeding back to your conscious mind, the information that you are wearing fragrance, you can be rest assured others are enjoying it. To overcome odour fatigue, have a fragrance wardrobe – alternate fragrances from day to day or for different occasions (day or night), so your olfactive receptors remain alert.
A In hot weather, you may find your fragrance seems ‘stronger’ or more overpowering. This is exactly why brands sometimes offer lighter versions of bestselling scents, for the summer. Some people prefer heavier more full-bodied, scents in the winter – but again, this is individual. We have full bodied fragrances that we rediscover at around the time when we reach for our sweaters, jackets, tights, switching to lighter perfumes for the warmer months. Just do what feels right for you, personally – in fact, follow your nose…

Summer heat increases the impact of odour. The hotter the weather, the more rapidly the “notes” of a fragrance leave the skin. The answer: a lighter fragrance re-applied more frequently. Winter tones down scent; in cold weather the fragrance molecules “lift” more slowly and the top, heart and base notes develop more gradually. That’s why you can wear a more potent fragrance in colder weather.

Yes, this is called layering. You can combine multiple perfumes from your cupboard to crate something unique. In fact you can have fun switching your mixes. You can stir up a concoction for day, night, party etc. Why not unleash your creative genius?
Usually 3 to 4 sprays on your pulse points should be enough. Light and fresh perfumes evaporate quicker than others. A periodic re-application will keep you smelling fabulous all day long.
Store your perfume bottles in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight.

An open bottle of perfume should last up to 18 months when stored correctly, however, it also depends upon the type and ingredients of the fragrance.