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Weaving together stories of the history of perfume – from the court of Cleopatra to the salons of Paris - with anecdotes of adventures seeking out the rarest natural ingredients, Alec takes students on a truly special olfactory journey.
With a choice of two courses to follow, you will work with some of the finest natural aromatics available: from the ethereal floral essences of jasmine, osmanthus and gardenia; to the balsamic frankincense and benzoin. You will learn to link with herbs and woods – thyme, chamomile, sandalwood, cedarwood; to mix spices like caraway and nutmeg; and introduce intrigue with agrestic beeswax and hay, maverick patchouli, blackcurrant bud or cocoa.
A gifted and enthusiastic teacher, Alec’s classes provide students of all levels with the opportunity for guided experimentation, lively discussion and access to his unrivalled expertise.
“If the flower fairy is going to fly she needs two wings - one is technical and the other is creative and imaginal. Once these are understood our creative energy is free to play and have fun blending. “
Artisan Perfumery – 5 Day
This comprehensive course offers the unique opportunity to study in depth creative and technical approaches to blending professional quality fragrances. This course is aimed at those wanting to make fragrances for others and to build confidence in all participants, from beginners to experienced perfumers.
Perfume Blending Masterclass – 4 evenings or 2 days
These classes look in detail at the structural rules that determine the performance of natural fragrances. We will blend both simple and complex accords from different aroma families – citrus, balsamic, floral, agrestic etc. before looking at how to blend them together in a seamless way to make finished fragrances. This class will run over the weekend or as an evening class.