KUKA-aromateque is Myanmar’s first perfume studio, where guests can make their own personalised eau de perfum under the tutelage of (the very lovely) perfume designer Ana Cecilia Cervigni.
KUKA-aromateque offers two courses, a 2 hour session where you have access to 50 different ingredients from which to make your own bespoke eau de parfum, or a longer 4 hour session where you can choose from an overwhelming 170 different fragrances to construct your dream eau de parfum with.
My friends and I opted for the shorter 2 hour session, which was great value at $60 including 35mls of your bespoke scent (which Ana Cecilia can recreate for you to purchase again once it has run out)
I found this process really interesting, and it was helpful to keep returning back to my notes as we began to work our way through the vast selection of scents to choose from, as it helped me keep my focus as to what the ultimate scent should smell like.
The 5 of us doing the class all had a different goal, from my friend who wanted to make a fun perfume suitable for a night on the town, to another who was making a scent for her partner, and a teacher friend who wanted something light and suitable to wear at school, that wouldn’t overwhelm her young students (so thoughtful!)
My target was to create something fun yet sultry, that would remind me of the scent on the breeze on a hot summer night (can you tell I am missing being able to travel yet?) After listening to each of our objectives, Ana Cecilia pulled out some additional fragrances for us to choose from, without telling us what they were or who she had selected them for and it was fun to try and guess who she had in mind when smelling them.
Ana Cecilia had explained that we needed to choose 3 different parts of the perfume we were making; the heart of the perfume (something that would be the main body of the fragrance) the top notes (those scents that hit you immediately when spraying your perfume but then dissipate relatively quickly) and the base (the scents that remain with you for hours) and we were advised an to how many different components we should pick for each section of our fragrance
Final eau de parfum in hand, we were told to leave it in the fridge for 5 days to allow the scents to bond to each other and develop, something that was harder to do than you might imagine as I loved my perfume so much, but sure enough it was fascinating smelling it over the coming days, and seeing how it developed and changed in the bottle.
We had such a fun afternoon, I absolutely adore my fragrance (so much so, a month in it is nearly finished!) and I would highly recommend booking a session with Ana Cecilia in order to create your own bespoke eau de parfum too.