Most of my classes and courses are virtual and online at www.onlineperfumeschool.com but I do run some live practical perfumery classes in The New Forest several times per year.  Currently the 1 day Natural Perfumery class is by arrangement for private groups only as it has been replaced by my in depth 3 Day Bespoke Perfumery Masterclass. Once per year I also run a collaboration with Perfumersworld on their 5 Day Art & Technology of Perfumery. 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.



Want a bespoke perfume class or training session?

The 1 day Natural Perfumery Masterclass can be booked for groups of up to 6 people. If you would prefer something more bespoke, we can tailor an event to your requirements and it can be either a couple of hours or a full day. 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.

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.

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. I have trained thousands of people in many different aspects of fragrance and product development including retail sales staff, category managers and company directors. I have worked 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 – it’s up to you. Get in touch, let me know a bit about your business, your requirements and I will do the rest.

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Below are snippets of a few of the lovely emails I’ve had from past students

Thank you SO much for the perfume workshop last Saturday! You are amazing! So knowledgeable and generous and such a wonderful lovely teacher all round! I had a great day and learn lots! Thank you for answering all my questions and especially info on the wild rose absolute!


I just wanted to thank you for the workshop on Saturday. I feel I got a brilliant insight into the world of perfumery and am now left wanting to learn more…!


A short note to say how much I enjoyed Saturday’s class and appreciated your immense energy and generosity in giving us oodles of valuable, fascinating info and insights into the world of perfumery.


I just want to say thank you very much for the very inspiring class on Saturday! I loved it so much and I was very sad when it ended….
It was so lovely to see you too. You are such an amazing teacher!!


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.


I would just like to thank you for a wonderful day on Saturday.  I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish… and all smells in between! I will be recommending this to friends as I know they would enjoy it too, the venue, the other attendees your delivery and the content were all fabulous. Lastly I have to say that I love having my own personally created fragrance – and this is definitely something that I shall look into in more detail so thanks very much for the resource info. Once again thanks for an enjoyable and enriching day


I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for such an inspirational day on Saturday. I found it absolutely brilliant and it really helped me to clarify my ideas. It is definitely the area I want to blend my business into and so I am really excited to have made that decision now and can move forward with it



Hi I'm Karen Gilbert
I love sharing what I know and have the unique background of having worked both inside the fragrance industry as well as inside the natural skincare industry since 1990. I have developed and delivered training for companies as well as my own students and built 2 profitable business both on and offline. I have no affiliation with any company and I will always be 100% transparent and truthful – no fluff guaranteed! Over the years I've trained a huge variety of people from all walks of life in fragrance creation. From buyers for huge brands, fragrance professionals, retail staff, bloggers, journalists, small business owners, aromatherapists, herbalists, fashion designers, artists, accountants and the odd neuroscientist - most were complete newbies to perfumery.

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