Smell Training and Perfume Making Kits

Update: I have a last-minute opening in the Citrus workshop on Wednesday. You don’t need any essential oils for that class, just citrus fruit and easy-to-find spices. The seat has been taken. Thank you for your interest! If you’ve missed this round of registration, please subscribe to receive updates about new workshops.

When I first started planning my perfume classes, I decided that for the fundamental series, I will offer the option of using common spices and fruits as study aids. My belief is that anything can be useful to training our sense of smell, as long as we follow the proper technique, smell consciously and practice regularly. You can create a box of spices and study them, noting their different nuances. Even after a week of diligently smelling your spices, you will find your sense of smell much sharper.

Once you learn the basics, you can consider investing into a smelling kit. I researched a few reputable options, compare them and made the guide below. Some of the products I mention are available in the US, others in the EU. Either way, I hope to give you a few choices. And to repeat, these kits are not necessary when you first start out with your perfume explorations, but they become useful if you devote more time to unraveling notes and accords.

An excellent option for the UK residents. Experimental Perfume Club offers affordable kits priced at £55 with 15 different perfume ingredients, both natural and synthetic. The amount you receive is large enough to train your nose and to experiment with making accords.

De Herserij (Benelux/EU)



  • Robin Alexander: You are doing an online perfume-making class, right? When is that scheduled for? December 18, 2023 at 9:43am Reply

    • Victoria: I don’t have a date yet, but I’m planning it for mid to late January. We will start with a simple cologne accord and then elaborate on it. December 18, 2023 at 9:54am Reply

      • Marium Khan: Any info on that please ? Is that already booked ? December 18, 2023 at 10:11am Reply

        • Victoria: Not yet! I will announce it first via my newsletter and then on Bois de Jasmin. December 18, 2023 at 10:19am Reply

  • Joan Rosasco: I think the Osmothèque in Versailles had a kit, maybe still do. December 18, 2023 at 11:26am Reply

  • Julia: I have been wanting to buy a kit for the longest time. This is so helpful, thank you! December 18, 2023 at 12:51pm Reply

    • Victoria: Glad that my timing was good! Hope that you find something you like. December 18, 2023 at 2:24pm Reply

  • Barbara: What is the difference between your newsletter and bois de Jasmin? December 18, 2023 at 2:46pm Reply

  • Inma: Hello,

    Here Seville oranges are being haversted in the streets. I think about this community when I walk next to that and I imagine a perfumery class just in that place (woods, citruses, leaves and ground in the city) December 21, 2023 at 9:19am Reply

    • Victoria: How lovely! I can just imagine it. 🙂 December 22, 2023 at 2:30am Reply

  • Vivienne: Do you have any recommendations for perfumery kits from suppliers in the Southern Hemisphere? I live in New Zealand. December 21, 2023 at 1:00pm Reply

    • Victoria: I Will have to research this! December 22, 2023 at 2:29am Reply

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