Learn to make perfume

Most of my classes and courses are virtual and online at but I do run some live practical perfumery classes in The New Forest several times per year. The 1 day Natural Perfumery class is suitable for beginners and as a “make your own perfume” experience day. For the more serious student I run an in depth 3 Day Artisan Perfumery Immersion. 

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. 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.
Karen Gilbert

The Artisan Perfumery Mastermind

This best selling online perfumery training has helped independent artisan perfumers worldwide to get started, become more confident in their perfumery skills and launch their own perfumes.

This course runs over 14 weeks and can be studied at your own pace. It comes with ongoing membership to a private Facebook group with live Q&A sessions and is the only place to get my ongoing 1 to 1 help without becoming a private client

The Artisan Perfumery Immersion

A 3 day practical perfumery course that will take you from idea to finished fragrance. The perfect class for all budding Artisan Perfumers no matter what your experience level.

All live classes take place at Karen’s Perfumery Studio In The New Forest
(7 miles south of the medieval cathedral city of Salisbury) The studio is 20 minute taxi ride from Salisbury station

The small group size guarantees 1 to 1 help for individual projects

The Natural Perfumery Masterclass

A 1 day natural perfumery class at Karen’s Perfumery Studio in The New Forest where you will create your own signature scent using high quality natural materials. 

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.

Self Study Online Perfumery Courses

These short masterclasses are perfect if you want to get started right away. If you are a complete beginner then I would suggest you take the Natural Perfumery Masterclass before the Creating Fragrance For Skincare course. They complement each other and are perfect if you are just dipping your toe in the water of creating professional perfumes. (there is a discount for booking both at once which is applied at checkout). My book Perfume The Art & Craft of Fragrance is a good companion to all my courses and the Setting Up Your Home Perfume Studio will help you figure out the bits you need to get started. For those who want to start selling their creations and offer a bespoke perfume service, The Bespoke Perfumery Masterclass will guide you through the logistics.

Want a bespoke perfume class or training session?



The 1 and 3 day classes can be booked as private sessions for up to 12 people. You will learn about the ingredients used in perfumery and get to make your own fragrance to take home with you from a vast range of raw materials either naturals only or both natural and synthetic. If you wish the event can be tailored to a specific theme – get in touch and let us know your requirements!



Are you organising a one off event or away day for your company or clients? A perfumery talk or interactive experience is a great way to engage your staff or say thank you. Events can range from an hour to a full day depending on numbers and budget. We can organise everything from a small group session to an evening event or a team building day – the choice is yours. Get in touch, tell us your ideas and we will put together a package for you.



Fragrance is all around us and many businesses will either use scent to enhance the customer experience even if they do not sell fragranced products themselves. Karen has trained thousands of people in many different aspects of fragrance and product development including retail sales staff, category managers and company directors. Working with companies of all sizes, from start ups to multi national corporations to develop both internal training or one off events for specific clients. A training package can be developed especially tailored to your or your clients needs and can range from a couple of hours to a whole week. Get in touch and let us know a bit about your business, your requirements.



Do you need a fragrance expert for your product launch or to provide expert comments for the press? If so get in touch

Karen has worked with a variety of PR companies for multinational brands in fine fragrance, home fragrance, beauty products, laundry care, as well as food and drink brands looking for help with sensory events.


Thank you for an interesting and inspirational day!

I would just like to tell you how much I enjoyed last Saturday’s Perfume Workshop. It was very interesting to hear more background information about the vast world of fragrance. Also, I realized I made several beginners’ mistakes (which I read about before, but still….), like when you have a particular brief, knowing which ingredients to use to accomplish making the fragrance you intended to make, and not something totally different… Practice practice…. It will be fun to explore the fragrance families and to recognize the differences and possibilities. Thank you for an interesting and inspirational day! It opened a whole new world of looking forward to learning so much more.