A do-it-yourself project book
Why not make your own?
Here I have some resources for you. They could help you develop an interest in having your own perfume. They could help you go about creating your own perfume. You can view some of my creations here.
In the course of working with perfume, perfumery students, and marketing companies I have developed the following guides. Many have found them helpful. Perhaps one could be of help to you.
- How To Launch Your Own Perfume Company: A Simple Business Plan
This strategy involves becoming a source of perfume. Rather than establishing a "brand" and selling your creations under your own brand name, you develop a businesss that provides product to perfume entrepreneurs. One advantage of this business is that, rather than having to "front" the money needed to market a new perfume, clients pay both your costs and some percentage of your profit in advance, before you undertake their projects. Selling and management skills are required but the results can be a fine, full-time or part-time business.
Making sure your perfume can make money
You may have the right scent, you may have the right promotion, but without the right markup you will not make money. Large markups are what make perfume profitable. First you must cover production costs, then promotion costs, then discounts to retailers and wholesalers. But then, if you've done it right, you have a generous profit. The lessons we learned developing our first fragrance continue to guide us. We documented what we did, step by step, so we could do it again and so others could do it too. The guide is called Creating Your Own Perfume With A 1700 Percent Markup! It is available here as an instant download in pdf format or as an photo-illustrated softcover edition at Amazon.
Creating your own perfume from dropper bottles: Methods, mechanics, and mathematics
If you are developing your own perfumes, likely you are working with dropper bottles, squeezing out a few drops of this and a few drops of that until you have a fragrance you are proud to call your own ... and proud to share with others, either as gifts — or for money!
Now, if you want to "scale up" your project and produce a quantity of bottles, you come up against a production hurdle. Dropper bottles are slow! Creating your own perfume from dropper bottles: Methods, mechanics, and mathematics takes you through the simple but important steps that allow you to use professional measurements and produce many bottles of your fragrance in a fraction of the time.
Phil's Perfume Production Checklist
Picture this: money is being poured into your project when you discover a small but important step you missed in your planning. Now you face a big mess-up that will burst your budget, delay production, and make you look incompetent with your investors.
In the rush to "strike while the iron is hot" it's easy to overlook "small" but important details that can boomerang on you with big, nasty consequences.
My Perfume Production Checklist can save you from this embarrassment and make your work more professional.