Notes on Perfume Makers' Club Resources

(See Join The Perfume Makers' Club for listings of all resources.)

Technical resources

Understanding bottles & closures

Purchasing bottles, caps, spray pumps, and overshells requires at least a minimal knowledge of the technology by which a bottle — your bottle — will be stoppered — with a "closure," either a cap or spray pump. For a personal project you might even use a glass stopper or a cork but in all cases the closure must fit the bottle to prevent leakage. Retailers do not want to open a box of your perfume and find that some bottles are leaking and haver spoiled the whole lot.

Bottle necks come in a number of "finishes." "Finish" refers to the type of neck and its size. Ignorance of basic bottle technology can lead to costly purchasing mistakes.

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Universal product codes (UPC and EAN)

Merchants who scan purchases at checkout require barcodes. Many merchants will not accept your perfume unless the box is barcoded. As scanning becomes near universal, so to will the requirement for a barcode on each box of perfume you sell. Product coding systems for the US and Europe (and most of the rest of the world) differ. We explain barcodes, how many you will need, and how to obtain them. When your boxes are printed, you'll want them to be printed with a barcode. Otherwise you may find yourself going box by box, applying the barcode on a sticker.

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Filling & assembly

When all components of your perfume are ready for assembly, who will put them together for you? For my own projects the work is usually done right in my studio but I can do it here only because I work with bottles that do not require special machinery to "cap" (set the pump or cap onto the bottle.) If I opted to use other popular bottles I would require the services of a filling house to cap the bottles. Alcohol too is an issue that can be solved by a filling house. If your fragrance supplier gives you only the "juice," you or your filling house will need to supply the alcohol and mix the juice and alcohol in the proportions you have designated. It's good to understand the capabilities of a filling house and what a good filling house can do for you.

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Perfume development cycle

What it takes to take a perfume from concept to market. Regardless of the size of your project or the size of your budget, the steps are the same and each has to be covered if your project is to be a success.

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The more you expect to sell, the more care you give to the selection of a name. You want a name that helps sell the fragrance but there are also technical considerations. When you do it right, the name alone can become an important asset of your business.

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Different budgets allow for different packaging solutions. Regardless of your budget it is helpful to be aware of the many technologies for decorating your package exist as well as the technology involved in the creation of original packaging.

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Fragrance development

To sell your own perfume or cologne, you first have to develop it or have it developed for you. If you have the skill, you can develop it yourself. Otherwise you will need professional assistance. (You can learn a lot about developing a fragrance on your own through the home study PerfumersWorld Foundation Course or through a PerfumersWorld face-to-face Workshop.)

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In addition to the name you give your fragrance, there are a few other bases for your labeling to touch on. The exact requiements vary depending on where you intend to offer your fragrance for sale. For the US, requirements are generally simple. For the EU, labeling is more complex. Canada too its own requirements.

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Government interactions

When you develop and sell your own perfume, you are engaging in research & development (R&D), manufacturing, and marketing. Various agencies in the US, and EU, and elsewhere interact with entrepreneurs such as yourself offering assistance, guidance, and, at times, financial assistance. If you are developing your fragrance with the help of consultants and outside services, they can guide you. We also offer some helpful information on governmental interactions.

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Phil Goutell

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Philip Goutell
Lightyears, Inc.