Three Training Courses in Natural Perfumery

“A Path to the Heart of Spirit"

Natural Perfumery Course
"When the outfit is donned and the makeup is on, what do you reach for next? Perfume, of course."

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 Proficiency 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: Cedarwood - Himalayan, Frankincense, Labdanum, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla absolute, and Vetiver
Heart Notes: Cinnamon Leaf, Jasmine grandiflorum absolute, , Litsea, Neroli, Rose Maroc, Rose geranium, and Ylang Ylang extra
Head Notes: Bergamot fcf, Black Pepper, Coriander, Galbanum, Lime, Palma Rosa, and ethically-sourced Rosewood (or you may use Ho Wood)

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: 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: $400.00.

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 56 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.

The long-awaited Level Two Natural Perfume Course is ready at last...

"Pyramid of Natural Olfactory Pleasures"

  The ‘Art of Perfumery’ may be older than the pyramids, but there
are always new things to be discovered.

This course expands on the perfuming concepts presented in the Coeur d'Esprit Natural Perfume Course “A Journey to the Heart of Spirit” I'm currently teaching through correspondence. Before considering this course, you should have a good grasp of the basics of perfume creation or you'll become quite lost in this course as it assumes you know what you're doing. Here are the topics you need to know: how to formulate, create accords, infusions, and tinctures; note classification; perfumery terms; methods of extraction; shelf-life and storage; scent profiling; working in a safe atelier; where to purchase supplies; and so on...

We will create five new perfumes in the following families, using my unique 'keys' for creating a great – chypre, citrus, fougere, floral, and oriental perfume. Then we'll compose accords that will offer us deviations featuring fruity, herbal, leathery, leafy, and gourmand/spicy.

There are multiple perfumes and accords to make up and many (over 20) projects to complete and email back to me.

A Table of Contents is available upon request.

A Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded upon completion. There is no exam.

…other topics and experiments include:
o Creating various kinds of alcohol blends for specific Perfume Families.
o Create your own Perfumers Wheel
o Advanced sniffing techniques and evaluations
o Creating your own Natural Perfume Pyramid
o Creating a perfume kit for traveling
o How to do a Perfume Consultation
o Developing a Reference Library of the Classics
o Comparing essences from one supplier to the next
o I offer accord ideas from my own personal work to create – amber, fresh, super green, hyacinth, and musk.
o Working with a gram scale, ultra-sonic unit, heat stand, monclon, strip stand
o Comparing and scent-profiling various essences: Petitgrain, Oakmoss, Lotus, Pepper, Lavender, Geranium, Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, and Vetiver
o Section on fixatives

Advanced Natural Perfume correspondence course $375.00. Please email me your intention to take this course and I'll email you a Registration Form and a PayPal Invoice to pay. Then I'll send out the course and you can begin.

Purchase both levels and enjoy a price break. Only $750.00 for both.

"Aromatically Crafted Perfumes"

Natural Perfume Formulation and Blending … an experiential one-day in-person course in Beginners’ Natural Perfumery

Come and play with me at my Perfume Atelier in Coquitlam, British Columbia as we get out the supplies and craft our own personalized perfumes. What a lovely way to share a day, n'est pas?

We will be working in either Fractionated Coconut Oil or Jojoba Oil, your choice.

Table of Contents
How we detect aroma
Methods of Extraction
21 Essences
Your Safety
Body Chemistry & Skin Types
Scent Profiling
Fragrance Families

This is an introduction into the fragrant world of Natural Perfumery using essential oils to create perfumes for yourself, family, and friends. Hope you'll join me on this olfactory adventure.
One day course (name your date)
From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Investment: $200.00 (includes supplies)
Instructor: Natural Perfumer Lyn E. Ayre, NP
Location: Atelier at Coeur d'Esprit Natural Perfumes
Please email me for a Registration Form and directions to our location.

Please bring along pen, paper, eye-glasses,
apron, water bottle, lunch, snacks.
Avoid wearing anything that dangles ie: jewellery, long sleeves, ties, etc...