Hello everyone, and welcome back to another Singaporean article! On this shiok Sunday, I’m rounding up 3 perfume workshop experiences that you can opt for in Singapore. I’ve personally visited and tried all the workshops mentioned in this article, and have enjoyed all of them.

If you haven’t tried a perfume workshop before, you’re missing out.

Whether you’re a perfume enthusiast or simply looking for a fun date night idea, attending a perfume workshop – whereby you get to craft a personalised bottle of perfume – will make for a great experience. In addition, you will be supporting homegrown brands during these tough COVID times.

Alright, let’s delve into the listicle!

1) Maison 21G

Maison 21G specialises in “tailor-made perfumes”, allowing customers to create their own unique scent at an affordable price.

Me attending Maison 21G’s perfume workshop (which they call private creation atelier) at ION Orchard.

Who they are: “We’re a House of Scent Designers. Come inside and feel empowered to experiment with the finest ingredients. With us, you’ll be able to unlock your soul scent. Free of all toxins and hazards, this is a scent of your own. Made by you, for you.”

My opinion: I love Maison 21G – they are undoubtedly one of my personal favourites on this list. Their Duxton road boutique is welcoming and beautifully designed, though they do have a new ION outlet (pictured above) as well. At Maison 21G’s perfume workshop, participants can learn about the history and art of perfume making, as well as get the opportunity to bespoke their own scent. I find their online personality quiz – whereby they recommend specific ingredients based upon your personality and needs – to be pretty cool, and it’s definitely a unique selling point for the brand. Maison 21G also offers free engraving (both text and pictures) on each of their perfume bottles, so they make for great gifts as well. For those interested, I chronicled my experience of attending a workshop at Maison 21G’s Duxton outlet here, and at their ION outlet here. Between the two, I preferred the Duxton experience as engraving services are only offered there.

What you get: 1 hour perfume workshop experience, with a customised 30ml bottle of perfume to keep.

Prices: Maison 21G’s perfume workshop starts at $150, though there is a special student price (<21 yo) at $120. As Maison 21G is an official partner of Wah So Shiok, readers can quote the promo code “WAHSOSHIOK21” upon checkout to enjoy 21% off all perfume workshops bookings online, while the promo code “WAHSOSHIOK” grants readers a 15% off all Maison 21G products from their online store.

Where to book: Interested readers can book their appointment online here.

2) Jetaime Perfume Workshop

One of the first perfume workshops in Singapore, Jetaime Perfume Workshop offers its workshop in both Mandarin and English, and possesses an impressive 5.0 perfect Google review rating.

Ms. Xin Ying of Jetaime Perfumery conducting the perfume workshop.

Who they are: Jetaime Perfumery is actually the sister brand of Singapore Memories, a local brand offering Singapore-inspired perfumes and room fragrances. Established in 2014, the brand was one of the first to offer perfume workshops to the local market.

My opinion: Personally, I found Jetaime Perfume Workshop to be an intriguing experience, and really enjoyed smelling all the bottles of perfumed oils and coming up with a unique concoction that is based upon my personal taste. I learnt that perfumery – like watchmaking, tailoring and shoe-making – is a complex and intricate field, and I’m glad to have had a small insight into the world of perfumery. At two hours long, I would say that it’s a tad more detailed than the other two perfume workshops on this list. You also get the most amount of perfume to bring home here, a whopping 120ml in total. It’s a value for money pick, though some aspects of the workshop (such as the paper personality quiz) felt dated at times. The locations aren’t the most accessible as well, with one outlet located at Goodman Art Centre in Mountbatten and the other at Sentosa. For those interested, I wrote about my experience at Jetaime Perfume Workshop here.

What you get: 2 hour perfume workshop experience, 2 perfume samples of 10ml, and 1 customised perfume bottle of 100ml to keep. Name engraving is available for free if the workshop is booked a week in advance.

Prices: A couple workshop at Jetaime Perfume Workshop is $125 per pax (or $250 total). At the present moment, the brand does not offer perfume workshops for just one person, only for 2-5 pax. As Jetaime Perfume Workshop is an official partner of Wah So Shiok, readers can quote the promo code “WAHSOSHIOK” upon checkout to enjoy 10% off the workshops online, as well as 10% off all perfumes and room scents from their sister brand Singapore Memories. I’ve previously reviewed their line of perfumes here, and their offering of room fragrances here.

Where to book: Interested readers can book their appointment online here.

3) Scent by Six

Describing themselves as an artisanal fragrance label, Scent by SIX positions itself as the perfume brand for “trendy, adventurous and soul-searching individuals”, with that mission also translating to their perfume workshops.

Me attending an online perfume workshop with Zac of Scent by Six.

Who they are: “A cocktail mix of emotions and memories, SIX’s fine fragrances are inspired by destinations and immersive spaces aimed to appeal to your wanderlust.”

My opinion: In response to the current COVID-19 precautionary measures (whereby only 4 people are allowed in their physical store at any point of time), Scent by Six launched their online Zoom Perfume Workshop, whereby participants can experience the hands-on joy of creating their own perfume from the comfort of their own homes. I find the concept innovative – I don’t think there are any other local brands offering online perfume workshops at the moment. Of course, physical workshops at their Bugis Junction outlet are still available upon prior booking if you prefer an in-person experience. Furthermore, Scent by Six’s perfume workshop is priced at only $40 – that’s less than half the price of the previously mentioned workshops. If you like the idea of a perfume workshop but are on a tight budget, Scent by Six is the perfect choice. Granted, you only get to bring home a small 10ml bottle of perfume, but if you’re more interested in the experience itself, then Scent by Six is a really affordable way to get into perfume creation. For those interested, I wrote about my experience attending the brand’s online perfume workshop here.

What you get: 1 hour perfume workshop (either online or physical), with a 10ml bottle of customised perfume to keep

Prices: For those interested in the perfume workshop (either online or in-person), you can email Scent by Six at hello@scentbysix.com and include “WAHSOSHIOK” in the subject line to enjoy the workshop at a special price of $44 (U.P $49)! And if you’re interested in any of Scent by Six’s perfumes, you still can use the promo code “WAHSOSHIOK” to enjoy 10% off all of their perfumes online. I previously reviewed the Ujong 2065 (pictured above) and the Biei – you can read that review here.

Where to book: Email Scent by Six at hello@scentbysix.com to book a timeslot.

Conclusion

A perfume workshop is a great way to spend a nice night out with your significant other. Due to the current COVID restrictions (<5 in a group), workshop experiences now feel more intimate as well. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a romantic event – even if you’re attending a perfume workshop with a bunch of friends, it will be a blast as well. Alternatively, if you have always been interested in perfumes and the concoction of fragrances, then attending a perfume workshop is a great first step to enter the world of perfumery. Learn about perfumes, have a fun time with your partner or friends, and support local brands at the same time – what’s not to like?

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