Monday, May 12, 2008

Natural Perfumery Course

My first order of business is always: DO NO HARM, which is why I include the following statement and I make it up front.

When making natural perfumes, we are dealing with the wondrous, powerful, and generally medicinal plant essences. Please refrain from taking this course if you are: have major internal organ damage, have severe breathing or skin allergies or sensitivities, or your health is otherwise severely compromised.

Those who are pregnant or lactating and those who are waiting for their supplies to arrive, can complete and email the following paper projects for the correspondence course: 1 on Anosmia, 4 on another descriptor for rose oil, 6 on descriptive words or phrases, project 16 on tincture and infusions, project 19 Passion for Perfume, project 25 philosophies; half of the following: 3, 8, 12, 14, and 21 on accords. The reading, gathering of supplies, and preparation of a safe Atelier can also be accomplished while you are waiting to begin the course.

"Attention Professional Registered Aromatherapists"

Work from home to earn your Continuing Education Credits. Achieving a Certificate of Completion for this six-month correspondence course in Natural Perfumery may satisfy the requirements for the 24 CEC's that you need to maintain your professional membership.
Check with your association for more details."

Natural Perfumery Course
~a path to the Heart of Spirit~
Introduction to the art of Natural Perfumery.
We will be covering twenty-one oils/absolutes; various bases;
scent profiling; the language of natural perfumery; formulation;
accords; scent-similars; tinctures; macerations; and many other aspects.
Specific assignments are given for each of the six sections.
In order to attain a Certificate of Completion for this course, you will
need to do these twenty-six assignments and reports, sixteen perfume samples,
and the final proctored written exam, and practical exam. The exam can be taken six months after you begin your studies. This is an in-depth course and there is no need to rush.

Perfumery Course Goals & Objectives
At the end of this perfumery course, you will know how to make perfume in various bases. You’ll be given recipes for all of these bases, and some of my perfume formulations I've created for this course. You will know where to get top quality oils, absolutes, concretes, and attars. You will learn the vocabulary needed to describe the scents you are creating and sniffing.

You will learn how to create vertical and horizontal accords, preparing parts of future perfumes in advance of needing them. Learning about tincturing, infusing, and maceration will be included as part of the course, as well. Some plants do not yield up their scent so you will also learn how to make a doppelganger of the desired scent.

We will not spend much time on the history of perfume though several links are included in the resources section. It has been romanticized and theorized about in books, magazines, and on the internet, and you may read this material at your leisure. It is all very interesting, exciting, and wonderful to know where we’ve come from, as a population of people who have loved perfumes since the dawn of man. However, for my course, I am opting to leave that aspect of writing to those more deeply involved in it. I just love to make perfumes and I want to share that with you.
Creating a natural perfume today is quite different from how it was created a hundred years ago simply due to the myriad botanical ingredients that are now available to us. We live in a time that is ripe for the making of our own household, bath, and beauty products. We are very fortunate, indeed.

In this course, we will simply concern ourselves with the art of making perfume, the science and chemistry behind it will be included in the resource section. Again, there are many great books that one can study about the structure of essential oils, and botanical components. There is a reading list included in the courseware.

The book called: The Scent Trail provides a wonderful olfactory journey into the origins of some of the materials we will be using in this course. It is recommended reading, though there are no projects or exam questions arising from it. See my review for The Scent Trail Review

You will learn how to work with the energy of the substances you are holding: their colour, viscosity, tenacity, scent profile, and how they operate with one another. We will create a Scent Song as we look at the work of Piesse. There are several supporting .pdf files that I can email to you for further learning. We will create a perfume for use in spiritual rituals.

The profiles of the twenty-one oils and absolutes covered in this course are given in three parts: aromatically, therapeutically, and spiritually. This includes safety information, as it is key to a wonderful product. Here are the essential oils and absolutes we will be covering in the course so you can go ahead and begin to order them. It's easier on the budget when you don't have to do it all at once. As well, if you look at my links page, you will see many tried and trusted suppliers to get you started. Make sure none of these essences are diluted in jojoba as they won't mix with alcohol if they are. You want 100% not a 10 or 20 % dilution. Purchase small amounts (2-10 ml) to start. You will be making your own dilutions.

Base Notes: Ambrette Seed CO2, Frankincense, Labdanum (Ambriene 1), Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla absolute, and Vetiver

Heart Notes: Cinnamon Leaf, Jasmine grandiflorum absolute, Lavender absolute, Litsea, Neroli, Rose Moroc, and Ylang Ylang extra

Head Notes: Bergamot fcf, Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Coriander, Galbanum, Palma Rosa, and Rosewood

Registration and Investment
All students must complete a Registration Form, which I will send upon receipt of payment.

The Course: I am offering an in-depth, correspondence course on the basics of natural perfumery, so you can work at your own pace. The manual is well-written, professionally edited, with good photos, tables, and interesting assignments and experiments. I am also available on the phone, at no extra cost, for those students who are more auditory in their learning patterns. There is on-going email support, again at no further cost.

If you would like to order this informative and aromatic course, please email with any questions you may have. It can be ordered through the PayPal on my website at There is always a lot of solid information in my courses. You will need to purchase supplies, essential oils, and absolutes, so when you email, request the Supplies/Suppliers List.

The Investment: Going green? Great. The entire manual comes to you via email and we can save a lot of trees by using this method. Just think, very shortly after ordering your course, it will be in your email. Unless we are away, this happens in less than 48 hours. All projects can be sent to me by email and so can the Exam. Investment: $350.00

The Exam: I don't offer the proctored exam until the six-month point as there are 26 projects and 16 samples to complete and send in. This doesn't happen overnight. There should be no rush to complete this course. The exam consists of 57 questions. There are no multiple choice so no option for guessing the right answer. You need to know your material before you write the exam. It takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete this exam and you will need a Proctor to be with you. There is a form they will need to fill out attesting to the fact that you did the exam from memory. When you request the exam, you will need to let me know where to mail it to your Proctor. You will then sit the exam at their home or office.

Return Policy
This is a correspondence course and as such may be started at any time convenient to you. I do not offer a refund once the course has been emailed out as, by that time, you have the full course material hence all that you need, and that I have put my heart into creating, to learn the art of perfumery.

Thank you.

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