art of perfume class: 2 posts

7 Rare Vintage Perfumes : The Perfume and Wine Class

As preparation for the Art of Perfume and Wine class that I’m teaching in April in France (more details here), I thought I would write about 7 vintage perfumes that have been influential for the evolution of perfumery and that we will smell in their original versions. There will be over 50 different perfumes in this course, but these 7 are among the most essential to learn.

Guerlain L’Heure Bleue 1912

Many perfumers will name Guerlain as the most influential perfume house, especially in its period when Jacques Guerlain was the head creator. L’Heure Bleue is a textbook example of a classic as well as of a symphonic perfume.

We will, of course, smell other Guerlain classics, from Après L’Ondée and Mitsouko to Chamade and Chant d’Arômes.

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The Art of Perfume and Wine Course Program : April 2018

I’m going to teach a new perfumery course in France, April 18-22, 2018 (booking details via The Art of Perfume website.)

Who is this class for? Anyone interested in perfumery. Because we are trying to keep the class small, it offers lots of individual attention and guidance.  If you want to learn about perfume in a thorough manner, acquiring professional vocabulary and techniques, this is also the right class for you. Since it will take place in Burgundy, a region renowned for its wine, we will study how flavors and fragrances interact. In other words, if you want to deepen your appreciation of wine and aromas, this is the class for you.

Will we smell vintage perfumes? Yes, and more in my previous classes. I have several vintage gems to share that I haven’t had a chance to show before.

How does this class differ from the other Art of Perfume classes? The emphasis of this class is to help you build your own scent vocabulary and to help you understand the relationship between scents and flavors. It’s also going to be individually tailored to make sure that all participants leave with the type of practical knowledge that’s most important for them.

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