I often get emails from prospective students saying “I want to take a perfume class, but I don’t know which one to choose”. It is often hard to advise without knowing your circumstances, experience level or what and why you want to learn about perfumery. This post aims to give you the ins and outs of the different perfume classes and courses I offer so you can pick the best option for you.
I’m a Complete Beginner
If you have read lots but never created a fragrance before then I would suggest you start with The Natural Perfumery Masterclass Online
This virtual masterclass will give you the basics you need to get going. You will get a resources list of materials to buy without spending a fortune and it will give you a system of training your nose, understanding fragrance families and creating accords. This class is for you if you want to dip your toe in the water but are not yet ready for the full Introduction to Perfumery Level 1 which is a guided self study online programme.
I Want To Make Natural Perfume For My Skin Care Products
You might be a complete beginner or you may have created some fragrances for your products before.
a) Want to delve deeper into perfumery and add some Eau de Parfum, Room Sprays or Scented candles to your product line then I would suggest Introduction to Perfumery Level 1 then if you feel you need a bit more help with adapting your fragrances for different bases (we do go into this in module 6 of the course) you can always add on Creating Fragrances for Skincare Products at a later date.
b) Are not interested in becoming a perfumer and just want to make nice therapeutic scents for your face and body products then I would suggest The Natural Perfumery Masterclass Online plus Creating Fragrances for Skincare Products these 2 online masterclasses will give you everything you need in a short space of time without learning all the ins and outs of perfumery.
I’ve Done Some Perfumery But I need Some Practical Help and Advice
I do run live in person classes and private 1 to 1 days throughout the year. If you want to come to a live class there are currently 3 options
The Bespoke Perfumery Masterclass is for you if you want an in depth 3 day practical immersion into fragrance creation. It is a small group and we spend a whole day on the 3 most important areas of scent making which are 1. Materials Study 2. Accords Creation 3. Creating a fragrance to a brief. This class covers both naturals and synthetic materials and it is up to you which you choose to use. This class is suitable for all levels as it is mostly practical and the level of difficulty will be determined by you and what you choose to work on. The group size is small (max 8 people) which means lots of 1 to 1 help. This class is a great accompaniment to Introduction to Perfumery Level 1 and I do offer a bundle discount if you buy both courses together.
If you can’t come to a live UK class then don’t forget that the Introduction to Perfumery Level 1 comes with the bonus of a private Facebook group where I run live Q&A sessions. This is the only course I currently offer that comes with access to live help from me.
After 18th November 2017 I will no longer run my 1 day Natural Perfumery Masterclass Live as a public group class but it is available to be booked as a private individual or private group class by arrangement.
I Have/Want To Start A Business Creating Fragrance To Sell
There are many different places you can start with this depending on your time and budget. I do offer 1 to 1 consultancy but I would always suggest you start with either an online perfumery course or practical in person perfumery class.
Once a year I collaborate with Perfumersworld and offer their 5 day Art & Technology of Perfumery Workshop here in the UK . This course is great for beginners and experienced perfumers alike and is attended by both industry professionals and complete novices. We do cover naturals materials on one of the days but the main focus is on commercial perfumery theory and practice with lots of opportunity to smell and work with aromachemicals. The group size for this class is usually around 24 people with 3 tutors.
If you are starting out and don’t have a huge budget for materials, packaging, product development and marketing but still want to create fragrances to sell I would suggest you start with creating bespoke fragrances 1 to 1 and sell higher end. This will give you the practice and the income to then put into a range when you are ready. You can sell a bespoke fragrance for a lot more than an off the shelf one and you don’t need to invest in the production of 100’s or 1,000 of units of packaging. If you want to do this then The Bespoke Perfumery Masterclass is for you.
In addition to the live classes most of the students in my Introduction to Perfumery Level 1 group have fragrance businesses too and in module 6 we cover IFRA and selling regulations.
I hope that gives you a good idea of the difference in the classes and do please let me know if you have any questions I haven’t covered.
All classes both online and offline can be found here: http://www.onlineperfumeschool.com/