Maya Njie, artist and self-taught perfumer joins forces with Champagne Charles Heidsieck for an immersive workshop. The session will start with a Charles Heidsieck champagne tasting and pairing masterclass. Guests will then explore the parallels between combining a bespoke scent and blending complex champagnes like Charles Heidsieck cuvées. Participants will also discover how aromas and the olfactory sense unlock our understanding taste. As part of the workshop, Maya will instruct guests in creating their own customised perfume, inspired by the notes contained in Charles Heidsieck champagnes such as rose, peach, vanilla, almond, ginger and blackcurrant as well as musk, bergamot, vetiver, sandalwood and ambergris.
Trained in surface design and photography, Maya Njie began experimenting with sense of smell while studying, as an added medium to her visual art. Inspired by an old family album, she set out to capture – by way of scent – these symbols of her ancestors’ familial life, frozen in time within their frames. After graduating and further experimenting with the olfactory world, Maya gradually taught herself perfumery, blending scents which created demand among friends and colleagues.
A unisex perfume brand with a clear focus on premium, artisanal blends, Maya Njie Perfumes boasts scents which are deeply rooted in Maya’s Swedish and West African heritage. Her formulas are developed in-house, using a variety of essential oils, aroma compounds and resins. With care and precision – skills Maya hopes to bestow on her masterclass guests – the blends are mixed in very small batches and bottled individually by hand.
Following the workshop, guests will have the chance to take home their own unique, hand-blended perfumes in a bespoke pipette bottle with accompanying atomiser vials. Guests will also receive a Maya Njie Discovery Set (5 x 2ml vials) to take with them – a great way to explore her perfume range at their own leisure.
Thursday 13th September, 6pm to 10pm.
Caravan Fitzrovia, 152 Great Portland Street, London W1W 6AJ.
£75 Tickets; https://bit.ly/2vpQIUm