Perfume Making Classes

Perfume Making Class, Make Your Own Perfume

Natural Perfume Blending, Part One

Smell is the most neglected of our senses yet it has an instantaneous power to penetrate our consciousness invoking memories and emotion. Odors are ethereal and elusive yet can strongly attract or repel.

As a concerned consumer, you are choosing organic food, seeking out sustainable products and opting for eco-friendly packaging. But what about the fragrance you wear? That signature scent is likely composed of synthetic materials (as most commercial fragrances are), mass-produced, packaged and shipped around the world in the millions of units.   Natural perfumery is a much different process that uses only essential oils and precious absolutes that are extracted from plants. Like fine wine, subtle differences can be found from the same plant from year to year depending on soil conditions and climate meaning that it is not an exact science but a creative alchemical process.

In this sensory workshop we will examine the artisanal art of natural perfumery.  Students will gain a basic understanding of the sense of smell, the history of perfume, the advent of synthetic ingredients and the return to naturals.  Perfume ingredients and formulation will be explored and each participant will leave with two bottles of their own bespoke perfume.

No prior knowledge of perfume making is required.  Students should bring a notebook to class, all other materials will be provided.

Alchemologie Studio
Park Slope, Brooklyn

Saturday, September 9th, 1:00 to 4:30pm  

Saturday, October 7th, 1:00 to 4:30pm

(Please be aware that tickets to this class are non-refundable.) 

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Classes in November and December will be posted soon

Private classes are also available by request.  


Natural Perfume Blending, Part Two

For those students who have taken the first Natural Perfume Blending course and would like to study further I'm now offering Perfume Blending, Part Two. The original kit of 50 or so oils will be added to with some rare and precious oils such as orris root, hay absolute, tuberose, yuzu and pink pepper. A more in depth look at formulation and the concepts of locking and burying, originated and concieved by Mandy Aftel, will be explored and there will be specific assignments to deepen your understanding of blending and perfume creation, as well as sharpen your sense of smell. 

Alchemologie Studio
Park Slope, Brooklyn
Saturday, October 21st, 1:00 to 4:00pm

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Studio Classes

These classes are offered to students who have taken Natural Perfume Blending, Part One. It is preferable (but not absolutely necessary) to have taken Natural Perfume Blending, Part Two as well.


Violet Natural Perfume Workshop

Violet Perfume Making Class

This studio class is for students who have already taken parts one (and preferably two, but not absolutely necessary) of Natural Perfume Blending.  Capturing the elusive violet has been a challenge to the perfumer for centuries.  The unique, sweet fragrance of the flowers is because of the predominance of ionones which temporarily desensitize the receptors in the nose. Ionones were first isolated from Parma violets in 1893 which enabled the extensive production of violet fragrances. In the morning session of this two part workshop you'll be using the naturally isolated alpha ionone and other materials such as orris root, cassie, violet leaf absolute and boronia to develop your own violet accord. The afternoon class will be devoted to creating violet perfumes with the accords you created in the morning.  Both classes are recommended but can be taken individually.

Violet is one of my favorite notes.  My mother wore Yardley April Violets when I was growing up so it has a lovely motherly scent memory for me.  I have a vintage sample of April Violets along with many other classic, natural and modern perfumes to share with the class including my favorite, Borsari's Violetta di Parma.

Alchemologie Studio

Park Slope, Brooklyn
Saturday, December 16th

Violet Accords - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Violet Perfumes - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

(Please be aware that tickets to this class are non-refundable.)

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Oriental and Amber Perfume Workshop

Amber and Oriental Perfume Making Class

This studio class is for students who have already taken parts one (and preferably two, but not absolutely necessary) of Natural Perfume Blending. In class we'll explore the genre and sample many perfumes from some of the best natural perfumers working today. We’ll delve into the discoveries of the early explorers along the Spice Route and learn about resinous frankincense, rich vanilla bean, piquant saffron and voluptuous sandalwood. I've gathered some precious oils to work with such as frangipani, cananga, cubeb, cinnamon leaf, mace, tolu balsam, copaiba, styrax and copal bark. The process harkens back to a time several centuries past when these materials became available (long before synthetic scent molecules were invented in laboratories). Each participant will leave with two bottles of perfume ($25 to create a third perfume, time permitting). 
 

Alchemologie Studio
Park Slope, Brooklyn
Saturday, November 18th, 1:00 to 4:30pm

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Fougere Natural Perfume Workshop

Fougere Perfume Making Class

This studio class is for students who have already taken parts one (and preferably two, but not absolutely necessary) of Natural Perfume Blending.  Fougere is a fragrance family that came into fashion towards the end of the 19th C.  The word means fern, which makes it a fantasy category seeing how ferns don't really have a fragrance. Fougere's are meant to smell like the forrest floor and, to my understanding, must have three ingredients:  lavender, oakmoss and a coumarin note (found in tonka bean, hay, sweet clover, etc.). Often herbs like geranium, linalool rich rosewood and more assertive notes like patchouli are added but it's the careful consideration of the other ingredients that makes the fougere your own.

In class we'll explore the genre and sample many perfumes including the original Fougere Royale and Jicky - the vanguards of the classification -  along with samples from some of the best natural perfumers working today. You'll be choosing from materials like tonka bean, sweet clover, concretes of lavender, geranium and clary sage, several lavender absolutes and essential oils, cedarmoss, cassia and ho wood.  You'll have the opportunity to create two perfumes.  $25 extra to make a third, time considering.

Please bring a notebook to class, all other materials will be provided.

Alchemologie Studio
Park Slope, Brooklyn
Saturday, September 23rd, 1:00 to 4:30pm

(Please be aware that tickets to this class are non-refundable.)

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Green Natural Perfume Workshop

Green Perfume Making Class

This studio class is for students who have already taken parts one (and preferably two, but not absolutely necessary) of Natural Perfume Blending.  My love of topiary led me explore the Green perfume classification.  Think meadows and green grasses. Green perfumes are categorized by snapped leaves, mown grass, new shoots and vegetation.  Notes like galbanum, vetiver, basil, rosemary, pine, juniper, fir and petitgrain are used to create light, summery and refreshing fragrances. The floral heart is toned down and there is usually a quiet earthy base.

I've gathered some lovely perfume materials to work with in class including galbanum, rhododendron leaf, laurel, juniper absolute, myrtle and tarragon absolute (among others). I also have samples of vintage classics Guerlain Vetiver and Balmain Vent Vert, as well as samples of some of the best natural perfumers working today. You'll have the opportunity to create two perfumes.  $25 extra to make a third, time considering.

Please bring a notebook to class, all other materials will be provided.

 

Alchemologie Studio
Park Slope, Brooklyn
Next class to be determined. Please write to julianne@alchemologie.com if you're interested!

(Please be aware that tickets to this class are non-refundable.)

 

Gift certificates are available for classes and personal consultations. Inquire at  julianne@alchemologie.com

 


 

Class Reviews


After much research to find a natural perfume making course, I was so excited to come across the class offered by Julianne in New York City.  I read a little about her through her website and blog (which is so wonderful) and knew that I had to take a class from this passionate perfume artisan! It was worth every minute of the 5 and a half hour drive from Cape Cod; I even took part two the following day after being so inspired to learn more. Julianne is warm, kind, and lovely as a person and teacher, not to mention filled with so much knowledge. I recommend her class to all who are either curious, seasoned, or merely interested in a "green" way to add a bit of this elegant art form into their life! 
-Eva Oseva, Lic. Esthetician, Cape Cod, MA

Julianne was wonderful, she was extremely informative, made the classroom feel very comfortable and was very approachable. She had a wide array of scents for us to try, and explained the blending process in a logical and easy to understand way. 
_student at 3rd Ward

"Julianne is a great teacher and it was exciting to be able to experiment.  It was a great class."

"Thorough, entertaining, informative."