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    Default How does one become a parfumer? Schools?

    Where do you start?

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    I cant' answer you question, but welcome to the basenotes.

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    Default Re: How does one become a parfumer? Schools?

    I don't claim to know the answer to this question, but my guess is that you either need a diploma from a well recognized academy of perfumery or a close association with an already successfull perfumer. If you are judged to be very talented and slilled by virtue of your independent studies, you may not need any academic credentials to break into the field. I would imagine you have to live relatively close to a center of perfumery or a pefumer to possibly find work in the field, but in these days of telecommuting you may be fine wherever you are.
    It may be helpful to find out how other leading perfumers have made their way into the field. In the perfume "Directory" (top left of page), most of the reviews state the name of the perfumer who created the formula for the fragrance being reviewed. You might google some of the names you see there and see what you can find out about them.
    Last but not least, read, read read! The more you know about a field that interests you, the better prepared you will be to take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves. There are many wonderful books on the subject, which I haven't read yet, and many interesting articles and interviews on BN which I have read. One expert who's name comes to mind and who has written porportedly good stuff on perfumery is Luca Turin.

    Welcome to Basenotes!

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    Default Re: How does one become a parfumer? Schools?

    Hello MadameParfum, and welcome to Basenotes!

    if you want to make perfumery your profession, the main school is ISIPCA (Institut Supérieur International Parfum, Cosmétique, Aromatique Alimentaire) in Versailles, France. Here's the adress and a link to their website, where you can obtain more detailed information:

    Institut Supérieur International Parfum, Cosmétique, Aromatique Alimentaire

    36, rue du Parc de Clagny
    78000 Versailles, France

    Tel: +33 1 39 23 70 00

    Fragrance manufacturer Givaudan has a perfume school of their own, and so does Prodarom (an manufacturers association in France). Find links to their sites in my bookmarks:

    If perfume is just a hobby, here are some training institutes:

    Cinquième Sens
    Training institute, Monique Schlienger

    18, Rue de Montessuy
    75007 Paris, France

    Tel: +33 47 53 79 16
    Fax: +33 45 55 29 39

    Cotswold Perfumery
    One day courses, max. 10 participants

    Victoria Street
    Bourton on the Water
    Gloucestershire GL54 2BU, England

    Tel: +44 14 51 82 06 98
    Fax: +44 14 51 82 17 17

    Creative Perfumers - School of Perfumery
    Two full days, or five evening courses

    21 Arlington Street
    London SW1, England

    Tel: +44 20 7629 8468

    Studio des Fragrances
    Create your own fragrance; duration approx. 2 hours

    5, Route de Pégomas
    06131 Grasse, France

    Tel: +33 4 93 09 20 000
    Fax: +33 4 93 70 36 22

    For perfume marketing:

    Parsons School of Design
    Cosmetics & Fragrance Marketing and Merchandising Division
    Midtown Campus, New School University

    560, 7th Avenue
    NY 10018 New York, USA

    Fashion Institute of Technology
    Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management
    State University of New York

    227, West 27th street
    NY 10001 New York, USA

    Tel: +1 212 217 5714

    Last edited by Marcello; 25th February 2007 at 11:18 PM.

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    Default Re: How does one become a parfumer? Schools?

    Marcello said it very well.

    Of course one needs a proper degree and apprenticeship and ISIPCA is the golden standard. In fact it is the only "official" revered school.
    Some famous perfumers hint that they have been self-taught but they did study with other noses in their younger years. No parthenogenesis in art, you see......

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