Friday, December 30, 2011

Teaching Natural Perfume

A selection of natural oils
My Natural Perfume Blending Workshops at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn have been a joy to teach.  It's was enormous fun to introduce students to a selection of essential oils, absolutes and concretes and guide them towards blending their own fragrance.

For most of the students it was the first time they had a chance to smell some of the more exotic and rare oils that a natural perfumer uses.  Ambery labdanum and earthy oak moss were favorite bottom notes for the group.  They swooned over sultry jasmine sambac and orange flower concrete, rich and complex honey and spicy aromatic clove absolute.  Head notes of pink grapefruit, fir needle and black pepper peaked their interest for top notes. 

The January and February classes at 3rd Ward have filled up already but there is a link to get on a wait list for future classes.  I'll also be teaching at Observatory Room sometime this spring.  I've discovered that I love teaching!


  1. Very nice Julianne.
    What were their fav notes? :)

  2. Thanks Bellatrix! I think the orange blossom concrete was the one they swooned over the most. Maria, you don't need my classes, you're talents are beyond my remedial teachings. The last solid sample you sent me was divine!