Art of Botanical Perfume Online Course
One of the worlds most beloved courses on botanical perfume is back and open for registration! It will stream 24/7 with downloadable files from anywhere at anytime, on your desktop, mobile device or tablet with lifetime access. A specially designed, essential oil kit created with Eden Botanicals, is sent out when you sign up.
The Art of Botanical Perfume is a pre-requisite to some of the future advanced online courses and is now open a select number of new students. The first two modules will be available beginning on June 21, 2018.
Below you will find a basic outline, I'm currently putting together more information and a FAQ page, in the meantime please use the contact page or email me if you have specific questions.
The ART OF BOTANICAL PERFUME is a seven module, comprehensive course that includes several videos, handouts for each lesson in a pdf format, a slide show that is used with the essential oil kit and a student forum where you can ask questions as well as share with other students in our community.
The course begins with an introduction to the craft of botanical perfume as an essential component to our modern day lives since it holds the seeds of Alchemy, Herbalism, Aromatherapy and the Arts—while still serving the Earth and positively affecting change in the human being. Throughout the seven module program the course shows the student how artistry of the creation of natural perfume contributes to a sustainable way of life that is part of organic farming as well as the evolution of humanity’s spiritual consciousness. Perfume making is a fine art that goes beyond reading books and putting together suggested scent-pairings; it’s about truly experiencing the complexity and nuances of volatile essences, understanding what they mean to you and where they came from; as well as the comprehension of how to create a fragrance based on your own personal aesthetic. By the end of this course you will have a foundation to create unique botanical perfumes, a template to continue building your skill set and the foundation to continue in the program with other upcoming classes.
- 1. What is Perfume & Introduction Module: Have you ever wondered where the word “Perfume” came from? In this module the word is defined and there is an overview of the different palettes currently used to create perfume, knowledge on the complexities of this ancient practice establishing understanding of its depth before proceeding to the history of the industry.
- 2. History of Perfume Module: The “wholistic” telling of this story begins with the first aromatic molecules which came from the conifers. Discovered by the First People who noticed mood shifts and decreased insects while burning this plant material, the history of humanity has progressed in unison with our utilization of fragrance. In this module we explore how the crafting of perfume stems from ancient fragrant preparations that were used for spiritual rituals and physical remedies. We look at the multifaceted world-wide uses of scent from India, China, the Middle East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome providing insight into how this art form has changed and progressed through the ages.
- 3. Tools & Raw Materials Module: An artist, of any sort, cannot do anything without their tools and supplies. In module three we look at the basic tools and raw materials you will need before fashioning your own perfume. Terminology and words such as “Pipette” and “Stirring Rod” are defined, as well as why you need beakers, funnels, blotter strips and more. Also in this module you will learn about essential oils; absolutes; extracts and concretes; high proof alcohol and how to make tinctures, infusions and an enfleurage.
- 4. Fragrance Families & Types Module: In this module you will learn about the basic fragrance families and types of perfume. These basics help better understand the scents you will be experiencing during this course and into the future. The language of perfumery is very complex and by the end of this module you will understand the difference between “fragrance families”, “types”, “descriptives” and “notes”.
- 5. Olfactory Awareness Module: In this module you will be exercising and building what I refer to as "olfactory awareness." This is something you can practice every single moment of your waking life, with every breath…and in turn it will help you develop mindfulness. I will provide step-by-step instructions on how to dive deep into the wonders of your olfactory SUPER POWER, enabling you to experience scents rather than just learn about them. In this section of the course, you will be creating a notebook of what how you personally experience a scent and create from that authentic and individual resource. The process of experiencing scent without predetermined concepts, helps you create much more innovative fragrances. Your own distinctive sense of smell is your SUPER POWER, it will enable you to craft heavenly scents unlike any that have been made before. You will become empowered by your own experiences, and not be forced to conform to predetermined conceptions of scent.
- 6. Artistry Module: In this module you will understand that there are many paths of learning and creating. We will apply right brain and circular thinking to keep us in a creative mode. Once you have learned the basic language of scent and how to categorize an aroma (Module 5), and then begin to tap into your own unique interpretation of scent (Module 6) we move into personal artistry and aesthetics. This is where your unique imprint, your muse, will step forward to be an instrumental guide in your work in perfume, as well elsewhere in your life.
- 7. Orchestration Module: In this final module you will construct your own unique perfume using the basic top, middle, and base note structure with suggestions on how to make modifications based on supplied formulas. Guidance on perfume concentrations, proportions of aromatic compounds and the different carriers are available; and what these carriers mean for the end result of the scent. We also delve deep into Alchemy and how the processes relate to creating botanical perfume. In the final lessons of this module you will orchestrate a distinctive perfume with all the knowledge gained.
This course has been meticulously developed based on my own experience of learning to make perfumes from taking a variety of related classes. In the nineties when I became interested in botanical perfume it was at a time when there were relatively no classes being offered, and the ones available were very rudimentary and/or not very empowering. Thus, I put this journey together to give the student a birds eye view of the aromatic landscape of plant perfume and then begin to establish where and how they fit in.
As mentioned above, the course includes a kit that was developed with Eden Botanicals. The twenty five little bottles are labeled with a number instead of the essence name and arrives with a rectangular legend. The kit will be used in Modules 5 for the "Olfactory Awareness" exercise and them in Module 7 for the creation of their unique perfume, the "Magnum Opus" of the course.
Students in countries other than the US will be charged shipping on their kits, the rate is calculated by Eden Botanicals and does not include any custom fees that may be incurred. These are the countries we are currently accepting students from, with an estimated shipping cost for the kit below:
- United States (free shipping)
- Canada $45.15 / UPS - Canada Standard
- Great Britain $34.72 / DHL - International Express
- Australia $37.10 / DHL - International Express
- United Arab Emirates $50.11 / DHL - International Express
- Hong Kong $33.89 / DHL - International Express
- Japan $34.39 / DHL - International Express
- Kuwait $50.11 / DHL - International Express
- Malaysia $37.10 / DHL - International Express
- Netherlands $34.72 / DHL - International Express
- New Zealand $37.10 / DHL - International Express
- Saudi Arabia $50.11 / DHL - International Express
- Singapore $33.89 / DHL - International Express
- Taiwan $33.89 / DHL - International Express
For more details about the course reach out to Roxana via the contact page or e-mail.