Why not come to one of my live practical perfumery classes in London or The New Forest. I have a range of options from a 1 day Natural Perfumery class, a full practical weekend where we also study the building blocks of commercial and niche fragrances and a full 5 day class where we create a perfume each day from one of the main fragrance families. All classes are suitable for beginners or more advanced students and they are designed to follow on from each other or as stand alone workshops. Many people buy the one day natural perfumery class as an original gift (instead of a bottle of perfume) for a loved one or as a treat for themselves. All my classes are very in depth with lots of industry insider tips as well as lots and lots of hands on practical experience. Many students who have done classes with other teachers and are still stuck find that even after the 1 day class it all makes sense and falls into place. I tend to tailor each day to the experience level of the group so each class is a unique experience.
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1 Day Natural Perfumery Class
The 1 day Natural Perfumery class takes place at either the beautiful Carey's Manor in The New Forest or the London location of Les Senteurs Perfumery (see below for individual dates). The day will start with learning how to smell properly and training your nose like a professional. This is a really important step before you start creating. I will demystify fragrance families for you and reveal how a fragrance is blended with top middle and base notes. You will learn how to create accords with a palette of natural materials including precious oils of Rose, Jasmine and Neroli and then blend them into a finished fragrance which you will take away with you in a 30ml atomiser bottle. Come along with lots of imagination and a refreshed nose as you will be smelling and blending lots! This class has been attended by men and women from all walks of life from fashion designers to neuroscientists and accountants to beauty business owners. All levels are welcome especially those with no prior fragrance experience – this is a beginners level class but very in depth. You will also take away a set of comprehensive handouts and resources to buy materials should you want to take things further. Although we will be working with naturals only on the day I will talk a bit about the role of synthetic materials and have some on hand to smell if you wish – so feel free to bring your questions along. I look forward to seeing you in class!
The Art & Technology of Perfumery 5 Day Intensive Course with Perfumersworld
I am really excited to be hosting this workshop in the UK for Stephen and the Perfumer’s World Team for the 6th year running! This year we have a fabulous space on the edge of the New Forest (15 mins drive from Southampton central). Hanger Farm is an 18th Century Barn that is now used as a gallery and arts centre.
Read more about the course HERE Workshop price includes lunch every day and refreshments, all materials PLUS a free copy of the fantastic Perfumer’s World Software! (I use this myself and it is invaluable) “PerfumersWorld” will be holding a 5 day workshop in The Art and Technology Of Perfumery in the UK for a small group of participants commencing Monday 17th July 2017 through Friday 21st July 2017, 10 am to 5pm. Mr.Stephen V. Dowthwaite (a perfumer with 40+ years experience) and the PerfumersWorld Team will present the course
I loved doing Karen Gilbert’s perfume class. Karen has brilliant knowledge from a previous career working with scent and how to combine them to create a personal perfume that no one else will have. Karen has a relaxed and friendly teaching style. There is nothing not to like about doing this course. - Deborah, Deborah Green Acupuncture
What I loved about the workshop is that it was all hands on – from smelling classic perfumes, comparing different top, middle and base notes, to blending our own bespoke scents. Getting to smell oils and essences that I knew the names of but had never smelled individually – such as musk and ambergris – was fascinating. - Geraldine, Horsham, West Sussex
Karen’s perfume class was lots of fun. She is very knowledgable and could answer all our questions. Karen has a very pleasant and easy teaching style and was good at keeping us all focused. We were able to all make our own solid and spray perfumes with Karen’s expert help on hand. What’s not to like. I have taken other classes with Karen and thoroughly recommend this class and all her classes – I had a wonderful time. - Lynn P, London (Attended the 2 day artisan perfumery workshop)