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Health, Beauty & Fashion

Create your own scent

A bespoke scent is a luxury. Here's how you can get yours.
The Straits Times - October 5, 2012
By: Gladys Chung
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Create your own scent Visit the Sifr Aromatics perfumery at 42 Arab Street to concoct your signature scent. -- PHOTO: SIFR AROMATICS


At this home-grown perfumery opened in 2009 by Mr Johari Kazura, 37, you can choose from 300 ingredients, such as essential oils and aromatic compounds, to concoct your own signature scent.

You can find anything from the regular lavender and patchouli extracts to high-grade oud oils (aromatic resins from wood) that cost up to $1,000 for 10ml.

The scent customisation sessions are by appointment only and take about 90 minutes each. A bottle of parfum (a perfume with the highest concentration of oils) starts from $100 for 12ml, while a 50ml bottle of eau de parfum starts at $100.

You can also choose to have your bespoke juice stored in vintage or artisanal perfume bottles from Europe and the Middle East.

Sifr Aromatics has its roots in the 79-year-old Jamal Kazura Aromatics store - owned by Mr Kazura's father, Jamal - which has outlets in North Bridge Road, Arab Street and Bussorah Street.

Call 6392-1966 or visit for details.


Based in Bali's Ayana Resort & Spa, L'Atelier Parfums et Creations lets you create your own scents.

Choose from more than 300 essential oils, blends or absolutes - an aromatic oil extracted with a solvent - to create your own fragrance. French perfumer Nora Gasparini, 35, who owns the two-year-old perfume atelier, will also take you through the processes of perfume making and acquaint you with the raw materials of fragrances.

A three-hour workshop, which includes a 30ml bottle of your creation, costs US$125 (S$153). Subsequently, you can have fresh supplies of your scent delivered to you at US$45 (S$55) for 30ml on top of a delivery fee.

The mother of one, who has lived on the Indonesian island for the past three years, also has a mobile perfume studio. She will visit you at home to offer the same service.

E-mail her at for a quotation.

Visit for details.


Get the master French perfumer who created iconic scents, such as Jean Paul Gaultier's Le Male; Elie Saab's Le Parfum and For Her by Narciso Rodriguez, to make you a signature juice.

The price starts from 8,000 euros (S$12,700), depending on the raw ingredients used, and the process takes at least three months.

This includes phone conversations and, if possible, meetings with perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, 43, who will tell you how the components come together and how the combinations smell on your skin.

The final product will be delivered to you in two flacons, with its name or a message engraved in gold, silver or metal. The customised scent formula will belong to you.

Approach the staff at the Escentials store at 03-02 Paragon or e-mail for inquiries.


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