''Perfumers are chemists no more than is the painter who manipulates chemical colors. In itself, composing a perfume has nothing to do with chemistry. The Compositeur must not let himself be influenced by systematic thoughts. Only by considering each odor by itself and in its rapport with the other odors, without any preconceived idea, will he make the best use of it" - Edmond Roudnitska
For decades, perfumery has been considered as the best kept secret of a handful of masters more commonly known as 'noses'. It was thought that one needed to know those secrets in order to create a perfume. Indeed, if you prefer to create a synthetic perfume i.e. one composed with a high percentage of aromachemicals, a few years of studies are required to discover the 4000 or so molecular ingredients that are added to modern perfumes. But the trend has recently reversed back to pre-1920's perfumery, the era when the focus was on creating a perfume based on a limited palette of no more than 400 ingredients and as executed by such master perfumers as Jean-Louis Fargeon, John Bayley or Gellé Frères. In the Art of perfumery, creativity and intuition are playing an important part; they are the essence and the Nose needs to be able to blend raw materials in a way that creates a harmonious work of art.
The Certificate in Perfumery Art course teaches you the A-Z of creating perfumes using such ingredients as essential oils, absolutes, waxes, tinctures, infusions and natural isolates. It focuses on learning to harmoniously blend those ingredients through developing and enhancing your own sense of smell and a methodical approach to constructing a perfume. It takes you back in times when perfumes were used for medicinal and alchemist's purposes before becoming a luxury then a product for everyday life. The focus is on naturals and on unleashing the Artisan Perfumer in you.
Duration of learning programme
Total number of learning hours
70 weeks x 10 hours
Certified by CPD UK