Tatler tries fragrance making (With Gin)
Lessons on how to make fragrance from gin? G&T lover Katie Thomas worries slightly about smelling like an alcoholic, but goes along anyway..
I have a wonderful relationship with gin. Always have. We go to garden parties together and curl up cosily together in front of the fire. It really is true love. So the chance to take our relationship to the next level was a no brainer. Granted, combining the botanicals from my beloved spirit and conjuring them into a fragrance might make me smell like an alcoholic but, if it means gin and I may never be apart, I'm sold.
I head to the Hoxton Hotel terrace, where Bombay Sapphire has set up camp for the summer with another company called the Gin Garden, which sounds like my kind of outside space. There's gin on tap, east London hipsters learning how to make the ultimate G&T (the secret is in the ice, apparently) and a host dressed in blue, with crazy wild hair and a bow tie. And it's raining.
But I'm handed a goblet of gin and tonic the size of a small child, and the soggy evening immediately brightens (in spirit at least).
To the perfume workshop. It's led by Sarah McCartney of bespoke perfume company 4160 Tuesdays. She is dressed head to toe in floral prints, right down to her Converse. With Sarah as our trusty guide, we travel the world via the medium of scent. And not just any scent, but scent of the botanicals that make up gin. Sadly, we can't drink them. Perfume-making isn't as easy as gin-drinking. We have to analyse each botanical and work out which ones we want to use in our own gin-based fragrance...More