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Signature scents

Always dreamed of wearing your own, bespoke fragrance? Here are four renowned perfumers offering that very service

1. MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN

5 rue d’Alger, 75001 Paris Metro Tuileries, Paris

Francis Kurkdjian, the ‘nose’ who formulated Jean Paul Gaultier’s iconic Le Male fragrance, has been creating bespoke perfumes under his own name for private clientele since 2001. A telephone conversation is all that it takes to shape the project initially. This will lead to a first meeting which is used to evaluate the use and purpose of the fragrance while subsequent gatherings are used to fine-tune test formulas. The result can take three months or can have an open-ended completion time.

Custom fragrance from £6,850 for a 30ml and 60ml EDP; 00 33-14277 4033

2. MILLER HARRIS

14 Needham Road, London W1

The creative process begins with a personal consultation with Miller Harris’s founder, Lyn Harris. Following this initial meeting, further consultations see preliminary formulas created over a course of three to six months. This finally leads to your own individual eau de parfum fragrance delivered in a hand-engraved bottle with a name or message etched on the glass.

Bespoke fragrance created by Lyn Harris (perfumer and founder) £8,000 for 100ml EDP; 020-7629 7750

3. ILLUMINUM

41 Dover Street, London W1

For those who don’t have the patience to wait six months, master perfumer and founder of Illuminum, Michael Boadi, offers a ‘Synthesis’ service that cuts the waiting time to just four weeks without foregoing any of the expertise.

Synthesis bespoke service from £7,500 for 3 x 100ml extrait concentration and 2 x 30ml pure perfume; illuminumperfumelounge.com

4. FLORIS

89 Jermyn Street, London SW1

The Floris Bespoke Perfume Design experience begins with a full consultation with the in-house perfumer to determine the ‘profile’ of the perfume and the direction in which to take its formulation. Using rare and precious oils and floral essences, the perfumer will custom blend an exclusive and individual fragrance, which will take six months.

Bespoke Perfume Design £2,750 for 100ml EDP and five repeat orders; 020-7747 3600

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