Forget big name brands or run-of-the-mill scents. These Singapore perfumers are mixing up something unique.
We’re huge fragrance fans here at Honeycombers. From aromatherapy candles to long-lasting scents to last through the hot weather, we’re all about smelling good – even more so if it’s in support of our local makers and creators. Want to create your own distinctive scent, or shop for a hand blended fragrance? Check out these local perfumers…
A frequent player in Singapore’s flea markets and bazaars, Code Deco fuses luxe materials with immaculate craftsmanship. Perfume expert Gauri Garodia sits at the helm of the brand, and her decades of experience shows in her polished scents, which boast sophisticated blend of complex notes. Code Deco’s complex formulas are not motivated by trends; a quick look at its official website proves this – scents are categorised according to moods like ‘debonair’ and ‘fiesty’.
If you’re a frequent shopper at Naiise, you’ve probably seen the signature golden bottles of Bespoke Parfums on its shelves. We’ve got several members of the team pledging their love for this brand and for good reason too: its scents have impeccable staying power and area steal, considering its affordable price of $38 per 50 ml bottle. All of the brand’s perfumes are hand-blended, and made with raw, ingredients. The range includes everything from woody, spicy male fragrances to fresh, feminine scents.
Shop Bespoke Parfums from Naiise, Locations in Orchard Gateway, The Cathay and I12 Katong
Scent by Six
Started by Giuvadan (a famed fragrance company) alumni Jason Lee, Scent by Six aims to evoke specific memories through its scents. Take its 27°F BIEL perfume – its combination of coriander, orange blossom, sandalwood and cedar brings to mind the shedding of autumn leaves on a mountainscape – or 123 Tribeca, which conjures up images of New York with its exciting blend of lemon, orange peel, rosemary and lily of the valley.
Oo La Lab
The folks at Oo La Lab take the process of scent creation very seriously. I should know – I personally sat down with founder Terry Jacobson, for a personalised bespoke perfume making session. Sign up for a workshop to create your customised scent from 27 notes, or shop for a readymade one online.
Book your Oo La Lab fragrance design and mixology workshop here or shop online
The story behind this brand is as magical as its scents. Founder Freda grew up surrounded by vials and vials of scents, thanks to her perfumer father. All of her perfumes are hand blended in smaller batches, and made without phthalate: a damaging, yet common ingredient found in fragrances. Formulas are also made with quality, organic ingredients where possible.
Freda ‘D Parfum, OUE Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way, Singapore 068815
There’s no denying that Sifr Aromatics is a perfume institution; these guys are a family biz, which goes way back to 1933. Located at a shophouse in Arab Street, the store religiously sources for sustainable ingredients for its perfumes, which fuses old-world classics with modern aromatics.
Sifr Aromatics, 42 Arab Street, Singapore 199741
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