Mary-Kate Olsen recently told me that her latest olfactory venture—two fragrances under the Elizabeth and James umbrella—was partly inspired by her (and her sister Ashley’s) love of oils. MK revealed that she gravitates toward sandalwood and amber—both of which conjure up images of Woodstock and dousing one’s self in these pungent liquids in lieu of a shower. However, when the advice comes from an Olsen, the concept immediately sounds more “bohemian chic” than “dirty hippie.” But if you have ever Googled “fragrance oils,” you’ve likely found earthy-looking, brown glass bottles that are far from sexy and sophisticated. Not to mention, the question of how you combine them so that the scent you create doesn’t smell like a novice nose did the mixing immediately presents itself.
Leave it to Fred Segal to bring this bespoke concept to the masses. The Cali company is launching The Blend, a set of ten black, color-coded rollerballs filled with different base notes, ranging from citrus to spices. When layered, the oils form thousands of different fragrances. But if you don’t have the creative genes of an Olsen and need direction, the kit comes with recipe cards to get you started—each indicating the number of circular swirls to apply on your pulse points to create a warm or zesty eau. And once you find your go-to combo, transporting the vials is simple and spill-proof.