When it comes to bridal showers, most of us have experienced the obvious. Martini bar? Check. Karaoke? Been there, done that. Pole-dancing lessons? So five years ago.
So here’s a fresh idea we’re thrilled to share with you: a custom perfume bar.
Torontonians Kirsten Menkes and Ashlee Firsten are the founders of Aromachology, a perfume company that gives people the opportunity to create their own unique scent — one that’s a direct reflection of their personality.
Here’s how it work: Kristen and Ashlee show up your shower (or any event, for that matter) with a mobile perfume bar consisting of five base fragrances. Each guest completes a 10-question “scent profile” that’s used to determine her personality and resulting “base fragrance” (there are five in total, including sophisticated and sensual floral, bold and brisk woodsy, and exotic spicy oriental). Then, they select three of 15 enhancement scents (such as courageous, seductive, uplifting, inspiring and spontaneous) to complete their one-of-a-kind creation.
Once everyone has created her scent, the Aromachology women prepare each guest’s blend in either a bottle (100mL), travel spray (5mL) or a little keychain sampler. At a bridal shower, guests will often purchase a bottle for the bride and treat themselves to a smaller travel spray.
I asked Kirsten if people ever have trouble deciding what scents they like. Her immediate response? “The nose knows.”
Photography by: Catherine Lash