Events: Bisou Bon Bon Perfume Tea Party at Betjeman and Barton

**As promised, here’s a new post! I’m back! ❤ So happy to have time to write again!**

A couple of weeks back, I was so fortunate to be able to attend an event organised by The Butterfly Project where I, along with several other beauty bloggers, learned the basics of making perfume while indulging in oh-so good tea and desserts. Definitely my kind of party. 😉

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

The venue. ❤

I’m so, so happy to see Betjeman & Barton in Kuala Lumpur. Prior to being told the venue for this event, I was not aware that this French company was present in this part of the world.

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

But quite frankly, I’m not surprised to find a Betjeman & Barton branch thousands of miles away from Paris. After all, they’re one of the most trusted brands for tea and has been around since 1919. I’m happy that they’re here in KL as I just love their tea selection!

Which has a wide variety, by the way. 😉

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

See? I wasn’t kidding when I said there’s just so much variety. 😉 And of course, what’s a tea party without some sweet treats to enjoy your warm cup with?

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

Tell me. How can I choose just a few to stay true to my dream diet? I want them all!

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

If you’re a huge tea lover as well (yes, I love me a cuppa at least once a day), you can also purchase teapots and even tea sets here as well so you can host your own tea parties at home.

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

After doing our rounds at the shop, meeting the other participants of the event, and taking photos, we all settled down to listen to Shelby – the woman behind Bisou BonBon – to learn the steps on how to make our own, signature scent.

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

The Butterfly Project’s Tammy (Don’t you just love her tutu skirt? I’d kill for a pink one!)  introduces Shelby to the small, eager crowd. 😉

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

Cheat sheets!

What’s great about the experience is how Shelby patiently guided each one of us on how we can make our own perfume based on the scents that we like. While we did get a cheat sheet containing the number of drops per ingredient we should use, it was all up to us to decide which particular scents to use.

We were given absolute freedom in choosing but we always had Shelby around to ask whether a certain mixture will be too overpowering or whether certain oils may end up smelling like Tom Yum soup. 😉

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

Bisou BonBon’s travelling all-natural perfume bar turned us into perfumers/chemists for a day.

We were each given 2 bottles. One for mixing and curing the oils and another one to hold water which will be added to the perfume after it has cured (more on this later).

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

The first step: Measure two millilitres of oil and add pour it into your curing bottle.

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

Why so serious? 😉 Tip: It’s easier when you put the graduated cylinder on a table and you squat beside that table till your face is the same level with it. That’s how you measure it accurately. I did it after putting in a couple of drops after this photo. 😉 (Photo credit)

Step two: Choose your base notes and put 15 drops of it into your curing bottle. You can have just one or mix up to a maximum of three scented oils.

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

For my base notes, I just used two – 10 drops of Sandalwood and 5 drops of Rose.

Next, choose up to 3 middle notes and put in 9 drops into your curing bottle.

For my middle notes I used 6 drops of Chamomile, 2 drops of Lavender, and 2 drops of Rosemary.

Finally, for the top note add 6 drops of up to 3 scents of your choice.

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

I used 4 drops of Clary Sage and 2 drops of Tea Tree.

When choosing scents for your base, middle, and top note, always keep in mid that the top notes are the first scents you will be able to smell upon spritzing perfume on to your skin. As the scent settles in through the day, you’ll be able to smell your middle notes, and towards the end of the day (after wearing the perfume for hours) that’s when you’ll catch a whiff of your base notes.

So it’s nice to have scents that go together and do not overpower each other. Personally, I like clean-smelling powdery scents. I also like floral scented perfumes but nothing too sweet. So as you can see in my choices, I kinda stuck to the safer options. 😉

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

We then added 20 millilitres of alcohol into the curing bottle before tightly sealing it. Our smaller bottle was also filled with water.

The perfume we made could be used after letting it cure (basically leaving it sealed and in a dry, not-so-hot environment) for at least two days. However, Shelby recommends to let our bottles cure for 6 weeks before using them.

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

Labels where we can put the name of our perfume. I still don’t know what to name mine! Maybe after I’ve opened it, a name will pop into my head. 😉

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

Spray bottles for easier use. 😉

After all our hard work (not really, it was all fun!), it was time for some tea and desserts and great conversations with our new found friends.

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly ProjectI believe the tea that they served was called Pouchkine and is Betjeman & Barton’s bestseller. Normally, I’m all for sweeter, fruity variants but I really loved this one. It’s smooth and a bit ‘Russian’ when it comes to its taste. It also has a calming aroma. I’m not gonna lie – I had about 3 cups of this baby that day. I told you guys I love me some good tea. 😉

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

Oreo Mousse de Fromage.

I love, love, love this cheesecake. Definitely a classic. It’s light yet still very creamy. It’s not too sweet and there’s just tiny kick (barely noticeable) of sourness that I really love on cheesecakes. Plus, it’s got Oreos in it. What’s not to love?

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

(From L-R) Green Tea Macaron, Raspberry Macaron, Orange Chocolate Cake, Pure Milk Chocolate, Pure White Chocolate.

The next plate was a collection of macarons, chocolates, and a slice of cake. I’m a fan of combining chocolates with orange and citrusy flavours so I guess it goes without saying that I loved that cake. The texture is also to die for.

The macarons, meanwhile, are bursting with flavour. I love macarons and make it to a point to have some the last time I was in Paris. The ones that Betjeman and Barton served tasted like they were straight out of a Parisian bakery bought on a warm, sunny day. They’re not too sweet (like other macarons I’ve tasted in Southeast Asia), making sure that the flavours are not the least bit overpowered by the sugary taste.

The chocolates are smooth and really creamy. It’s hard to stick to just one piece! I ate the white chocolate and my husband who came to the venue when the party was over (but of course I was still sitting, eating, and chatting with people because I eat so slow and talk too much) got the milk chocolate.

I basically popped it into his mouth as he was trying to get out of eating it due to his recent dieting but he liked it anyways. Haha! And normally, Alvin loves dark chocolate and would rather stay away from the milky ones. But he says the creaminess of it made him love it anyways. He said that it was too sweet for him though.

There was an area set-up at the venue where we can pretend that we’re in a coffee shop in Paris! So cute! But come to think of it, being in Betjeman and Barton actually is the next best thing to having tea along Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

Group photo with the girls! (Photo Credit)

Betjeman & Barton, Tea, Perfume Making, Afternoon Tea, Bisou Bon Bon, Paris Theme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Butterfly Project

My perfume goodie bag! 😀 I’ll let you guys know by March 14 (6th week!) how it smells and if I finally have a name for it!

Betjeman & Barton is located at:

Lot G220, Ground Floor,
1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama City Centre Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
betjemanbarton.msia@le-monde.com.my
Want to have a perfume bar at your next party?
You can contact Shelby of Bisou BonBon through:
bisourose@yahoo.com
That’s all for now! More later – promise! 😉
Love,
Carol
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