I wasn't looking forward to going back to work yesterday. Not after such a long weekend of complete rest and away from all the work stress and drama that I was making up in my head. But I got in and received a reminder email about the Perfume Workshop* I was due to attend in the afternoon! YAYYY!! Thank god the morning was pretty relaxed - the stylist is coming next Monday for the final fittings so this week is/was expected to be super busy - or I would have had to cancel my place but the break in the day was such a saviour.
* For the christmas season, Inditex hold a series of workshops - from jewellery to social media - and a charity run too for all employees. You have to register for whichever you want to participate in and (except for the run) names are drawn to pick who gets a place on the workshop. I was the only one from our department to get a place on anything and Loreto too - she did the workshop for this afternoon's slot.
One of the girls I met on the fabric course last month, Yunchi, was also doing the workshop and I think we might have been (ok we were definitely) the only two people who couldn't actually understand what was going on - it was all in Spanish.
Firmenich, is the Swiss perfume company who were behind the workshop and also the perfumers who create the fragrances for the most of the world's luxury brands. Chloé and Chanel and Kenzo and Cartier and Yves Saint Laurent and so many more have their perfumes created and developed by Firmenich. I only realised that they're kind of a big deal after yesterday - it's so crazy that there could be a single company responsible for almost all branded perfumes in the market today and yet they're so unknown to most people.
There was a short presentation at the beginning going through the core notes and bases etc. and then we split into small groups. We were given one of ZARA's perfumes for women and were tasked with creating a new, fresher, summer version of the fragrance, Oh boy, it was SO FUN. We got given these weird, thin-fabric jackets to wear - like protective overalls except only the top half - and tiny glass bottles to mix our fragrances in. We used pipettes to measure our mixes but Yunchi and I didn't realise we were supposed to keep track of our formulas so in the end I just did whatever and kept my own perfume concoction for myself.
As we finished, we were given a gift bag of the original ZARA perfume - one full size bottle and another travel size - and little stationary things and it was so cute and such a lovely early christmas present! I went back to the studio unable to smell anything other than sweet scents for the next hour or so but hell did I care - I was so high on the excitement of receiving the unexpected freebie - it's made this short work week even better.