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Monday, 2 March 2015

Love is in the Air

Love is in the Air

This Valentine's day was slightly different, actually pretty much different from the way we celebrate. It wasn't with hubby nor with my other family members. With my colleague you might say ? Nah... not quite right either. 

This time it was with a bunch of working professional women, who got together on Valentines for a day of fun, laughter & excitement. Some were total strangers & some whom I've known like forever... 

The event themed love is in the air, was held at Betjeman & Barton in One Utama. 
More than a century old name, Betjeman & Barton is a French tea house that serves the finest tea called Pouchkine. It has a recipe that originated 40 years ago. It had a favorable aroma that kept us wanting more & more.

Betjeman & Barton at One Utama

One of the finest tea served at Betjeman & Barton - Pouchkine

While guests enjoyed sipping on their 'magic potion', we were introduced to Dr. Shelby Koo, founder of Bisou Bon Bon. The bubbly young entrepreneur was proud to introduce her perfume bar. A bar that boast all ingredients to make a magic elixir that is both interesting & unique in its own way

Shelby Koo founder of Bisou Bon Bon
Source : Fb Shelby 

Perfume Bar by Bisou Bon Bon

I was curious beyond imagination. I've not seen a perfume bar before let alone in making one myself. 

A doctor by profession, She loves beauty, fashion and ventured into a line that is totally a different spectrum all together. She gave us a lil introduction on how we can make our own perfume that can be kept for own plessure or given as a gift of love.

In order to make one, one should understand the 3 basic notes. The top, middle and the base note.
These are group of scents that can be sensed with respect to the time after the application of a made perfume.

Top Note 
 What you sense when you first apply to your pulse points
Shelby described it as the first smell that dances around you ! Now every time I use my perfume Im going to think about the top note dancing around me.

Example of Top notes for perfume

Middle Note
Is what you perceive much later during the day. The smell are all based on the theory of evaporation. Which one evaporates first or much later.

Example of Middle notes for perfume

Base Note 
Is what you perceive at the end of the day 

Example of Base note for perfume

A simple step by step guide was given to us to ease the perfume making journey. It was very informative & I enjoyed choosing the essential oils for my perfume. This is what I chose 

Top note - Bergamo & Mandarin essential oils
Middle note - Lavender, Palmarosa and Juniperberry essential oils
Base note - Neroli & Frankincense essential oils

Once I've completed all steps, Shelby took the perfume I created & smelt it. A few seconds later she said Im a very friendly and easy going character ! I was amazed. She has so much passion for this field and senses your character by the perfume you create. She was right about my friend's character too.

This event was also the pilot project for Tammy Lim, the first President of WeVents. She took over from the founder Jeanisha Wan. She is a very friendly and bubbly, inspiring many Malaysian bloggers out there including me. She personally welcomed each & every guests on the day of the event, not many would do that !

She will be organising many more events, so stay tuned !

If you would like to read the other WeVents event & About Tammy Lim and Jeanisha Wan click here

1.The Retro You

2. The Real You

More photos from the event

A very cosy place at Betjeman & Barton

Betjeman & Barton's merchandise

The beautiful girls who ushered us in 

Tammy Lim, the first president of WeVents introducing Shelby Koo, founder of Bisou Bon Bon

My friend, Puja trying to choose a middle note for the perfume

Me trying to choose a Top note for the perfume

Stay tuned to this blog, If you're keen to know more about Betjeman & Bartons. That will be another post :)


  1. Lovely blog Mena..keep it up!!!!

  2. looks like a very cozy launch event! would love to try out those scents as well

    1. It was very cosy...... would have stayed on longer just to sip that tea !

  3. I've never heard of a perfume bar, but that is really unique and cool! I like that it's with essential oils, too. I think these creative bar type businesses are the new thing now because I recently heard of something similar but with lipsticks. I hope her business is successful!

    Autumn | It's Autumn's Life

  4. I'd love to visit a perfume bar one day and make my own scent. It seems so fun!

  5. Seems like you had a lot of fun. I would love to try some of those scents!

  6. I would love to try some of those scents. Would also love if they have loads of testers that they sell. Giglove,
    - Heena,

  7. I read of this amazing tea shop on another fellow blogger's blog. :) Lovely place, and I dropped by to check it out the other day. I have to say I absolutely love everything about it! :D I would love to try making my own scent someday. :) Thanks for sharing :D

    Gig Love,
    -Siew Hui,

  8. Such a good pampering session, to be surrounded by all kinds of perfume!~ I'll really love to attend this kind of event..


  9. Ivr always wondered what the top end and middle note mean. Ive seen places where they personqlise perfume for u but Ive never tried it. Maybe I will now

  10. That first bottle is simply gorgeous! This seems like such a lovely event :) x
    | Life as a Petite || Fashion, Crafts & Lifestyle Blog |

  11. Lovely post! It must be so much fun to customize your own perfume. Hope I get the chance in near future. ^_^

  12. happy belated valentine day...making perfume is so so fun!

  13. What cute packaging, that bottle is so cute. I really want to go to a perfume bar. Maybe one day. Looks amazing.

    The Life of Leeshastarr

  14. id love to visit and customise my own perfume one day

  15. such a great moment and unique theme for this event! i love the bottle design is so cute.

  16. I hope that someday I may customize my own perfume as well. Maybe even bottle it in something as beautiful as Love is in the air.

  17. That's such a fun event you were part of! I for one would love to make my own perfume. I'm sure you chose the best notes :)

    GIG Love

  18. I love the packaging! That's such a pretty perfume bottle! =)

  19. never heard of a perfume bar before! it sounded like a lovely event and definitely will make a memorable v day!

  20. oh my goodness! that bottle at the beginning is so freaking beautiful!

    GIG Love,

  21. Oh wow a perfume bar sounds very intriguing! I would love the chance to create my own perfume!

  22. I know yhis yoo. But cos i am not fancy about perfume so didn't get myself to join. Happy that you have a lot of fun there.

  23. What a lovely event! It's awesome that you learned stuff about perfume making. The place looks very cozy and peaceful, too.

  24. Lavender! My Fav! The perfume looks so pretty hope the smell is nice too :)