Perfume Classes For Beginners

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the Make A Perfume Oil Masterclass and The Make A Natural Perfume Masterclass recently and thought I would address it in today’s newsletter. First off, the short masterclasses were all filmed live on zoom with interactive Q&A and the back catalogue are all available now as recordings inside the Online Perfume School membership dashboard. They are designed to be stand alone classes and to be compatible with each other – so its not a case of either/or but which one to do first.

What’s the difference between Make A Perfume Oil Masterclass and The Make A Natural Perfume Masterclass?

For anyone starting out the Make A Natural Perfume Masterclass should come first. In this class we go over the basics of creating a natural perfume using pre diluted materials using my simple method for creating accords and blending materials even if you are not sure how much of each to use. In this class we make a Chypre fragrance, but it is more about the technique than the formulation and you can use this class to create any fragrance by swapping out the materials for your own choices.

If you want to explore modifying this fragrance with synthetics, we do that in the follow-on class Exploring Aromachemicals plus we also create an aldehydic type floral using a slightly more advanced method. If you already bought the Make A Natural Perfume Masterclass you will find a link to add this on in your masterclass dashboard. If you didn’t, then you can choose to add it to your order at checkout.

I decided to create the Make A Perfume Oil Masterclass as I had lots of you saying that you couldn’t find perfumers alcohol where you live OR you wanted to work in an oil base. Although the techniques in the Make A Natural Perfume Masterclass can be applied to oil, you will need to work with undiluted materials and dilute some of the tricky ones in diluents other than alcohol (as oil and alcohol don’t mix). Read more about diluting materials here 

In this class, we discuss all the different types of base material you can use for oil perfumes including natural silicone replacers to make a non-greasy dry oil spray. You will also get my suggestions for body oil and a rollerball base.

During the demo section we make a natural white floral fragrance using a traditional pyramid structure and by creating separate accords along with some possible aroma chemicals to modify if you wish to explore mixed media fragrances.

We also talk about how fragrance and materials performance differ in oil vs alcohol. This class is great for anyone wanting to work with undiluted materials or for those wanting to create perfumes in bases other than perfumer’s alcohol.

Both classes come with a resources guide and workbook plus a spreadsheet with the fragrance formula we make in the class for you to modify. The spreadsheet removes the need to do your own percentage and ratio calculations and everyone who has used it has found it invaluable when scaling up their fragrance experiments.

Want to make your own perfume?

In the Create Your Own Perfume Starter Guide, you’re shown exactly where to buy the best perfumery materials & equipment PLUS the essential steps to get started with making your own scent.