perfume classes: 3 posts

New Spring Classes : White Florals, Violets and Iconic Perfumes

Mimosa, violet, jasmine, incense. Our spring classes will cover different aspects of perfumery, so you have lots of choice. We will talk about the fundamentals of perfumery such as citrus, spices, woods. We will then explore the classical florals like rose, orange blossom and iris. Then, we will delve into opulence and study jasmine, tuberose and incense. Finally, my new series of classes will examine the violet family. We will discuss violet, mimosa and osmanthus. In the violet seminar, we will learn about this ever popular floral note and how it’s used in classical and contemporary fragrances. In the mimosa session, we will discuss powdery and green notes. In the osmanthus session, we will also talk about tea notes and I will explain how the famous tea accords in perfumery are created. In our more technical workshops, we will deconstruct Guerlain L’Heure Bleue and Eau Sauvage and learn what ingredients and accords power these iconic fragrances.

These classes are for students of all levels of interest in perfumery. They teach you how to smell like a professional perfumer, take apart complex scents, and sharpen your sense of smell. Together we will study the fundamental classes of perfume materials and discover how they are used in perfumes. The lectures are designed to improve your enjoyment and appreciation of scents. We will use readily available materials like spices and citrus fruit for these classes (for the violet/mimosa/osmanthus session, I suggest buying alpha ionone, but you can also use readily available violet-scented candy or any violet cologne for the exercises.) The classes are small enough to be offer everyone personal attention and guidance.

Perfume Fundamentals: Spices, Citrus, Woods

Location: Online, Zoom

Date & Time: 1h 30min

Spices February 28th, Wednesday 12:00pm-1:30pm EST/6:00pm-7:30pm CET  To Book $60 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here)

Citrus March 3rd, Sunday 12:00pm-1:30pm EST/6:00pm-7:30pm CET   To Book $60 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here)

Dark Woods March 9th, Saturday 12:00pm-1:30pm EST/6:00pm-7:30pm CET  To Book $60 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here)

3 class series: Spices, Citrus, Woods  To Book $168 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here)

Perfume Fundamentals: Iconic Florals

Orange Blossom March 10th, Sunday 12:00pm-1:30pm EST/5:00pm-6:30pm CET  To Book $60 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here) daylight savings is in progress in the USA, please double check the times in your time zone*

Rose March 13th, Wednesday 12:00pm-1:30pm EST/5:00pm-6:30pm CET To Book $60 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here) daylight savings is in progress in the USA, please double check the times in your time zone*

Iris March 23rd, Saturday 12:00pm-1:30pm EST/5:00pm-6:30pm CET  To Book $60 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here) daylight savings is in progress in the USA, please double check the times in your time zone*

3 class package: Rose, Orange Blossom, Iris  To Book $168 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here) daylight savings is in progress in the USA, please double check the times in your time zone*

Perfume Fundamentals: Opulent Florals and Incense 

Jasmine March 24th, Sunday 12:00pm-1:30pm EST/5:00pm-6:30pm CET  To Book $60 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here) daylight savings is in progress in the USA, please double check the times in your time zone*

Tuberose March 27th, Wednesday 12:00pm-1:30pm EST/5:00pm-6:30pm CET To Book $60 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here) daylight savings is in progress in the USA, please double check the times in your time zone*

Incense April 6th, Saturday 12:00pm-1:30pm EST/6:00pm-7:30pm CET  To Book $60 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here)

3 class package: Jasmine, Tuberose, Incense  To Book $168 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here)

Perfume Fundamentals: Violet Family Florals

Location: Online, Zoom

Date & Time: 1h 30min

Violet April 7th, Sunday 12:00pm-1:30pm EST/6:00pm-7:30pm CET  To Book $60 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here)

Mimosa April 13th, Saturday 12:00pm-1:30pm EST/6:00pm-7:30pm CET   To Book $60 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here)

Osmanthus April 14th, Sunday 12:00pm-1:30pm EST/6:00pm-7:30pm CET  To Book $60 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here)

3 class package: Violet, Mimosa, Osmanthus  To Book $168 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here)

“Create Your Own Package”

6 class “create your own” package  To Book $320 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here)

Deconstructing Classics: Guerlain L’Heure Bleue and Dior Eau Sauvage

Location: Online, Zoom

Date & Time: 1h 30min

Guerlain L’Heure Bleue April 20th, Saturday 12:00pm-1:30pm EST/6:00pm-7:30pm CET  To Book $60 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here)

Dior Eau Sauvage April 21st, Sunday 12:00pm-1:30pm EST/6:00pm-7:30pm CET   To Book $60 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here)

2 class Deconstructing Classics package  To Book $110 per person (if you wish to pay in euro, book here)

For more information, please consult the Perfume Classes page.

New Perfume Classes on Jasmine, Tuberose, Incense and Deconstructing Classics

These winter days are cold and grey, and I would like to light them up with scents. So I propose a new perfume winter training schedule. Rose, Orange Blossom and Iris will return with additional sessions, and then there will be a brand-new series of seminars devoted to opulence–Jasmine, Tuberose, and Incense. We will talk about white florals and what makes this family so evocative. We will discover what warmth and richness means in perfumery and how to attain such effects with specific notes. We will examine different nuances of our favorite notes and learn how to identify them in our perfumes. Finally, we will do various professional-level exercises to sharpen our sense of smell.

Another favorite topic that I will come in seminars next month will be the iconic fragrances. Working with the formulas, based on my perfumery work, we will study Guerlain Mitsouko and Chanel No 5. We will unravel their facets and learn how these fragrances were put together. You will discover insider facts about these fragrances and will be able to compare their different versions.

The class size is small to ensure that everyone gets attention and a chance to interact. The class is run as a lecture interspersed with guided smelling exercises. My style of teaching is personal and interactive. You will have a chance to ask question throughout the class and there will also be an allotted time at the end for your questions on any fragrance-related topics.

These classes are for students of all levels of interest in perfumery.

We will use readily available materials like spices and citrus fruit for these classes (no need to buy essential oil kits; if you already have essential oils, you can use them too.)

Perfume Fundamentals: Rose, Orange Blossom, Iris

Orange Blossom January 27th, Saturday 1:00pm-2:30pm EST/7:00pm-8:30pm CET   SOLD OUT Subscribe for New Updates

Rose January 31st, Wednesday 1:00pm-2:30pm EST/7:00pm-8:30pm CET  SOLD OUT Subscribe for New Updates

Iris February 3rd, Saturday 1:00pm-2:30pm EST/7:00pm-8:30pm CET SOLD OUT Subscribe for New Updates 

Perfume Fundamentals: Jasmine, Tuberose, Incense

Location: Online, Zoom

Date & Time: 1h 30min

Jasmine February 10th, Saturday 1:00pm-2:30pm EST/7:00pm-8:30pm CET  SOLD OUT Subscribe for New Updates

Tuberose February 11th, Sunday 1:00pm-2:30pm EST/7:00pm-8:30pm CET SOLD OUT Subscribe for New Updates

Incense February 18th, Sunday 1:00pm-2:30pm EST/7:00pm-8:30pm CET SOLD OUT Subscribe for New Updates 

Deconstructing Classics: Mitsouko and Chanel No 5

Location: Online, Zoom

Date & Time: 1h 30min

Guerlain Mitsouko February 24th, Saturday 1:00pm-2:30pm EST/7:00pm-8:30pm CET SOLD OUT Subscribe for New Updates

Chanel No 5 March 2nd, Saturday 1:00pm-2:30pm EST/7:00pm-8:30pm CET   SOLD OUT Subscribe for New Updates

Photography by Bois de Jasmin

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.

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