We are halfway through the Perfumersworld 5 day course here in London and the students are really getting stuck in creating their first fragrances. One of the questions Steve asked everyone on their first day was: “How long does it take to become a perfumer?” Of course the answers from the group varied and I’d […]
I often get asked what materials to buy as a starter kit for beginning perfumery and although there are many companies who do kits I’d suggest that you don’t go all out and buy everything right away. Perfumery is an expensive business and I know only too well that you can buy lots of things […]
I today’s post I made a quick video to help you navigate the IFRA standards when making perfume to sell in the E.U. I’ve included some great tools to make it easier for you.
I always get asked lots of questions about the terms Top, Mid and Base notes in perfumery as they cause a lot of confusion in modern perfumery. It was much simpler in the old days when perfumers were creating in a classic pyramid structure and not using the vast quantities of “linear” aroma chemicals they […]
I haven’t done an “inspirational tips” post for ages and I thought I’d share this info graphic I stumbled on this week from Vishen Lakhiani of http://mindvalleyacademy.com Being in flow is something that’s vital for you to be satisfied with your life and career. It’s especially relevant for entrepreneurs as we tend to get caught […]
We often think of violet notes as being sweet, sugary and slightly powdery. The sweets Parma Violets come to mind and the scent associated with them is slightly old fashioned. Most people are quite surprised when smelling the natural violet leaf absolute as it’s very green, wet and mulchy – really different from the […]
In the 1920?s Coco Chanel challenged the view that “nice girls” should smell like flowers with her now iconic fragrance. At a time when women were cutting their hair and raising their hemlines the combination of flowers, vanilla and musk in a perfume may have gone unnoticed. It was the overdose of fatty aldehydes in […]
Green notes add a sharper freshness and naturalness to many types of fragrance from floral to fruity and chypre. Cis 3 hexenol is a very powerful material reminiscent of freshly cut grass and should be used sparingly in fragrances. I found a great infographic about this on a chemistry site called Compound Interest – for […]
A recurring theme I see at the moment is people wanting to know how to create fragrances for room fragrances, whether that be candles, room sprays or reed diffusers. I’ve had a few emails this week asking if my classes will teach people how to do that so I wanted to spend some time on […]
With the exception of Osmanthus and Blackcurrant Bud Absolute, the majority of fruity notes used in perfumery are created using synthetic materials (although it is possible to find some natural isolates now). Gamma Undecalactone (C14) is used for a peachy/apricot effect with other materials such as Raspberry Ketone, Benzaldehyde (for cherry) and Allyl Amyl Glycolate […]
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- Victoria: Hi Karen, I love your book and I´m slowly working...
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