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Published February 7th 2013
If you want to get laid, don't wear floral
It's always fun having a mid-week catch up with your girlfriends but have you done the dinner and drinks thing to death? Well… it's time to wake up and smell the perfume. Book in for an evening Perfume Masterclass at Libertines — a boutique parfumerie located just off James Street, on Robertson Street in Fortitude Valley.
Most of us have some idea of what fragrances we like but scents can change when they come into contact with our skin, so finding the right perfume can be difficult, even for the most discerning nose. Approximately 1000 to 1500 new perfumes are released around the world every year, so let the experts at Libertines help.
Stepping inside Libertines is like walking into the French boudoir you always dreamed of. From black polished wood floors and ornate architraves, through to the gorgeous chandelier centrepiece and rows and rows of shelves brimming with intricate perfume bottles adorning beautiful cabinets. This is the type of place you visit when you're not looking for just any perfume — you want a statement fragrance that turns heads in the street and helps you find your mojo that seemingly went MIA. What you may not realise is that 9 out of 10 perfumes sold in department stores are solvent based. Solvent based perfumes frequently cause skin reactions and sneezing, but the perfumes in Libertines are au natural — which was a big selling point for me.
On arrival you'll be greeted by the friendly faces of Natalie Wilton, Boutique Manager, and Gai, an Aromatherapy Specialist. You'll be given a glass of bubbly and asked to fill out a little card with your details, including your preferred fragrance — so they tailor the evening to your tastes.
During the masterclass you'll find out where perfume originated — and I'll give you a clue — it wasn't France. You'll also learn where musk is derived from (and then wish you could unlearn it!) and find out how you can make thousands of dollars like one lady who stumbled upon an ingredient used in perfumes while visiting a beach in Brisbane. Other interesting things you'll cover include 'bespoke' fragrances, how diet can impact fragrance, the layers in perfume that create complexity, and what fragrances have the biggest impact on the opposite sex (yep, you're in for a very tongue-in-cheek evening).
As with wine tasting, perfumes are also classified according to a fragrance wheel which categorises scents into the following groups: floral, oriental, woody and fresh notes. Natalie and Gai will present you with a selection of fragrances and give you swatches to smell. You'll be asked to short list four of your favourites and later in the evening they'll apply those perfumes to your skin. Once the scents have had time to settle, Natalie will come around personally and smell the perfumes to see which one she thinks suits you best. Natalie actually does wedding styling where she hand picks matching fragrances for brides and grooms (a very cute idea) — so she is a genius at this kind of thing.
Libertines run 'singles' nights once a month to cater for individuals or small groups who want to learn more about fragrance. There were 10 participants on the night I attended, aged from about 30. If you can organise your own group of 8 to 12 people, Natalie is happy to hold private classes on Tuesday through Thursday evenings. It costs $39 per person to attend, which is redeemable in store on any perfume purchases priced over $169. To book in for a class contact Libertines via phone or email. You can also check out them on facebook.
It's a known fact that a woman can never have enough perfume, which is how I justified my latest purchase… happily bagging myself a bottle of the aptly named Lady Vengeance by Juliette Has a Gun… because in case you didn't hear… I'm bringing sexy back!