Fragrant Signatures – School of Natural Perfumery

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Some research results say that when choosing perfumes, we prefer those that fit well with the natural scent of our bodies and harmoniously complete it, thus emphasizing our biological signal.

If you want to wear a perfume that will cooperate well with your body chemistry, the task of its creation can be best performed by you, your nose and your brain. The self-created natural perfume is an item well worth including into one’s personal well-being toolbox.

Would you like to learn how to create such a perfume? If so, you’ve come to the right place. The goal of Fragrant Signatures – School of Natural Perfumery is to provide you with tools to immerse yourself in the world of natural fragrant materials and learn how to create your own natural perfumes. People wore such perfumes till the end of the 19th century, when they became too expensive and too complicated to produce, so they were replaced by synthetic fragrances.

You are invited to join the education.

Study Topics:

  • What is natural perfume
  • Short history of using natural fragrant materials
  • Materials used in natural perfumery
  • Scent profiles and classifications of fragrant materials
  • Notes and accords
  • Skin chemistry and the effect of scent on emotions
  • Different forms of perfumes
  • Different creation methods
  • Building bases
  • Safety, Ecology, Sustainability
  • Guidelines for further education

Target Groups:

  • Beginners or professionals interested in natural perfumery.
  • Aromatherapists who want their blends to be as well adjusted to their clients’ individual needs as possible.
  • Everyone who wants to sharpen their ability to perceive, recognize and discriminate scents.
  • Formulators of natural cosmetics who want to improve the scent of their products.
  • Gourmet enthusiasts, sommeliers, winemakers and chefs, because the senses of taste and smell are closely related.
  • All kinds of therapists who want to support their work with an adequate scent background and thereby improve its positive results.
  • Meditation, yoga and mindfulness practitioners.
  • Everyone who love natural scents and wants to get closer to themselves through creative work.

Education consists of three modules.

Module 1

Programme and Schedule:

  • Programme is divided into six sessions, including an introductory session, followed by four weekends of practice (one per month) and follow-up session. After each weekend of practice, students are given tasks that they should master by the next meeting. In addition, students will have to complete a final assignment prior to the follow-up session.

Introductory Meeting (2-3 hours)

  • Before the start of the education, participants should prepare their starter kit that includes a perfumer’s palette with 21 fragrant materials, purchase Fragrant Signatures – Manual for Creating Natural Perfumes, and get other equipment necessary for an in-depth and independent work at home. At this meeting, the students will be instructed how to prepare their palettes.

First Weekend

  • Introduction
  • Fragrant Materials
  • Sourcing, Selecting and Storing Fragrant Materials
  • Working with Fragrant Materials
  • How to Evaluate Scents
  • Notes in Perfumery
  • Base Notes Evaluation
  • Discussion: Impressions and Personal  Preferences

Second Weekend

  • Classification by Scent Groups
  • Accords
  • Evaluation of Middle Notes
  • Discussion: Impressions and Personal Preferences
  • Perfume Formulation Method by Jean Carles
  • Base Accord Creation

Third Weekend

  • Discussion: Experience of Creating the Base Accord / Olfactory Impression
  • Skin chemistry
  • Perfume Evolution
  • Top Notes Evaluation
  • Creating a Middle Accord
  • First Impressions of the Middle Accord

Fourth Weekend

  • Discussion: Experience of Creating the Top Accord / Olfactory Impression
  • Filling in the Perfume Formula Form
  • Balancing Accords – Trials and Selection
  • Perfume Creation
  • Perfumes’ Classification by Concentration
  • On Possible post festum Interventions
  • Questions and Concluding Discussion

Follow-up Meeting:

  • Approx. 1.5 months later, after the period of perfumes’ maturation.
  • Before this meeting, a final assignment should be handed in, which consists of:

1. completed questionnaire
2. a paper on the given topic
3.
2 ml of created perfume
4. completed perfume evaluation form

The content of the meeting:

  • Discussion about the creative process carried out
  • Guidelines for further work

Details about the Education:

  • Before the start of the education, each student will receive a starter kit. It consists of 21 fragrant materials for the perfumer’s palette, and several useful items that facilitate the work at home.
  • It is necessary to purchase the manual Fragrant Signatures. You can order it here. By entering AROMATERAPIJA20 into Discount Code Box, you will get 20% discount on the price of the manual.
  • Everyone should also prepare 40 (10 ml) amber glass bottles with pipettes / caps, small labels, a sufficient amount of blotters, and a thick notebook for recording olfactory impressions, thoughts, ideas….
  • The entire education is held interactively, without prerecorded videos, in real time and with the constant support of the mentor. This is why, despite the online form, the education is still very personal and enables the formation of close contact within the group. To acquire this type of knowledge, working in a group is of crucial importance, because a lot is learned by listening to the impressions and opinions of other participants (a-ha moments!), and discussing them.
  • The created perfume is unique, and represents your personal, specific fragrant signature. Its formulation was influenced by your physical, mental, psychological and spiritual needs, which shape each person’s olfactory preferences. You can wear it as your only and forever perfume that will accompany you at every step and in all life situations. Or you can modify it over time and adapt it to your changing needs. And, of course, you can create a lot of other perfumes whenever you decide so, as this education prepares you to that.

Education includes:

  • working in a small group and in real time
  • starter kit: carefully chosen fragrant materials and equipment
  • interactivity and tasks for individual work at home
  • careful mentoring throughout the entire perfume making process
  • certificate of completion

Duration:

  • Live online: 47 teaching hours.
  • Individual work at home: minimum 30 hours.

Language:

  • English

Location:

  • online event via ZOOM

Group size:

  • To ensure the quality of work, a maximum of 10 people can be accepted to the group. When places are taken, you will be put on the waiting list, just in case a place becomes available at the last minute. Thank you for your understanding!

Price:

  • 950,00 euros

Enrollment:

  • Invitations to enroll are sent on average twice a year, and training takes place when a group of interested parties is formed.

Information and Registration:

Note:

  • After completing Module 1 participants are trained to create alcohol perfumes and can finish their education at this level.

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Module 2

This module is intended for those persistent and curious who want to learn further, improve their art of composing natural perfumes, and refine their creations.

Those who already have experience in the creation of natural perfumes do not have to pre-complete Module 1, but they will need to demonstrate (during the introductory interview) that they possess the knowledge required for the Module 2 level of education.

Note: In order to be able to work with a larger amount of fragrant components, students are expected to have Module 1 palette materials on hand.

Details about the Education:

  • Before the start of the education, each student will receive a learning kit. It contains 20 fragrant materials for the perfumer’s palette and several useful items that facilitate the work at home. Students will be instructed how to prepare their palettes.
  • Everyone should also prepare 40 (10 ml) amber glass bottles with pipettes / caps, labels, a sufficient amount of blotters, and a thick notebook for recording olfactory impressions, thoughts, ideas….
  • The entire education is conducted interactively, without prerecorded videos, in real time and with the constant support of a mentor. That is why, despite the online form, the education is still very personal and allows for close contact within the group. To acquire this kind of knowledge, it is crucial to work in a group, because one learns a lot by listening to the impressions and opinions of other participants (a-ha moments!), and discussing them.
  • During this module you get to know several creation methods and decide on the one that you think will best suit your perfume plan. 
  • In the final part, during the follow-up meeting, you can discuss with the mentor your impressions and any dilemmas related to the creation process you went through.

Programme and Schedule:

  • Programme is divided into five sessions, including four weekends of practice (one per month), and a follow-up session. After each weekend of practice, students are given tasks that they should master by the next meeting. In addition, students will have to complete a final assignment prior to the follow-up session.

First Weekend

  • Discussion about previous experiences in creating natural perfumes
  • Evaluation of the first group of fragrant materials in the palette
  • First impressions, discussion
  • Theory: work with „difficult“ materials, different dilutions, other forms of perfumes

Second Weekend

  • Impressions after getting to know the first group of materials in detail
  • Evaluation of the next group of fragrant materials
  • Impressions, discussion
  • Theory: precise measurement (working with scales)

Third Weekend

  • Discussion after a detailed introduction to the second group of materials
  • Evaluation of the last group of fragrant materials
  • Olfactory impressions, discussion
  • Theory: bases / doppelgangers

Fourth Weekend

  • Impressions about the last group of fragrant materials
  • Base creation experience
  • Theory: different approaches to perfume creation
  • The decision on the method of creating the perfume (EdT)
  • Practical work: creating a perfume using the chosen method

Follow-up Session

Before this session the participants should submit final assignment consisting of:

  1. a paper on the given topic
  2. 2 ml of created perfume
  3. completed perfume evaluation form

The content of the session:

  • Discussion about the applied methods of creation and the formulated perfumes.
  • Suggestions for further work: maintaining creative competence, care for personal ecological footprint, sustainability etc.
  • Short individual interviews with the mentor.

Module 2 includes:

  • Work in a small group in real time
  • A valuable class kit to continue learning about natural perfumery
  • Interactivity and tasks for individual work at home
  • Careful mentoring throughout the perfume making process
  • Certificate of completion

Duration:

  • Live online: 25 teaching hours.
  • Individual work at home: minimum 30 hours.

Language:

  • English

Location:

  • online event via ZOOM

Group Size:

  • To ensure the quality of work, a maximum of 8 people can be admitted to the group. When places are taken, you be will put on the waiting list, just in case a place becomes available at the last minute. Thank you for your understanding!

Price:

  • 950,00 euros

Enrollment:

  • Enrollment is announced once a year. The education is held when a group of interested parties is formed.

Information and Registration:

Authorship:

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Module 3

There is a possibility to organize Module 3 for those who want to learn how to create natural perfumes for other people. This module is organized by agreement, when a group of interested parties is formed. The method and details of this part of the education are agreed upon at the scheduled meeting.

Note: For any additional questions, please use the contact form.