Perfume Classes

 

An offering of natural perfumery classes taught by award winning perfumer Charna Ethier.  Classes are marked Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced with symbols to help guide students into the appropriate level perfumery class.  Classes marked Beginner to Advanced receive certificates of completion.

Novice level class.  These are the most basic classes we offer and are intended for those who are seeking a fun introduction to scent. These classes assume no experience or background in perfumery or essential oil usage and are not recommended for those who have taken previous classes.  

Beginner level class. Classes intended for those who wish to begin their journey into the art of natural perfumery.  These classes are the foundation of the methodology of perfumery and are comprehensive in nature, exploring various aspects of scent, fixation and essence identification.

Intermediate level class. These classes assume a working knowledge of perfumery and are intended for those who have studied and completed beginner level classes.  These Intermediate classes concentrate on formulation both in concept and design, and are heavily based in hands on creation and balancing of fragrances.

Advanced level class. The focus of these advanced level courses  are refinement and deconstruction of scents. Exploration of accord building and elevated methods of perfume construction are some of the key elements. Attendees must have completed both beginner and intermediate level courses or have a very strong background in perfumery.

For additional information on our perfumery classes, please visit our Perfume Classes page under the About Us tab. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions regarding our classes.

Basic Perfumery Classes Spring 2017 - Create Your Own Custom Perfume - Providence Perfume Co.
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SOLD OUT Basic Perfume Classes 2018 - Create Your Own Custom Perfume

$100.00

= Novice students only

Would you like to learn more about the basics of perfumery?  Always wondered what top notes are or how one creates a fragrance?  Do you love the idea of creating a chemical free perfume that you make and take home?  This fun introductory class is for you and your friends!  Attendees take home a natural perfume of their creation as well as a supplemental hand out.  (Please note this class is intended for those with NO background in perfumery.)

Classes are held at our perfumery, located at 13 South Angell Street, Providence RI 02906

 

Note ALL classes are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE, and available on a first come first serve basis.  Attendees must register prior to attending the class. Class price is for one attendee only, but multiple reservations can be purchased at once. 

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FOUGÈRE & CHYPRE Formulation: Weekend Session September 17-18, 2016 - Providence Perfume Co.
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FOUGÈRE & CHYPRE Formulation: Weekend Session September 17-18, 2016 - Providence Perfume Co.

FOUGÈRE & CHYPRE Formulation: Weekend Session November 3-4, 2018

$575.00

 Intermediate / Advanced level class

Chypre and Fougère styles of perfume are the most misunderstood, yet most lauded formulations.  From Guerlain's Mitsouko to Chanel No. 19, these predominantly green scents are sophisticated renditions reminiscent of the island of Cyprus and fern traced back to 1882 with the creation of Houbigant's Fougere Royale.

In Session 1 on Saturday, we will focus on fougère formulation, with a concentration on various lavender, moss and coumarin rich essences.  Attendees will create two variations of these classic masculine formulations.  The first will be the CLASSIC style Fougère fragrance followed by a MODERN interpretation where additional materials such as vetiver, bergamot, geranium, wood and mint will be introduced.

In Session 2 on Sunday, CHYPRE formulation will begin.  Again attendees will begin by formulating a CLASSIC Chypre, followed by a more challenging feminine forward Chypre formulation.  The focus will be on creating balanced blends highlighting oakmoss, bergamot, patchouli, and labdanum.

Session #1 runs on Saturday November 3rd from 10:30 am-5:00 pm with a short lunch break.  Session #2 runs on Sunday November 4th from 10:30 am -2:00 pm. This two day class will cover:

-raw materials

-variations on the fougere style of perfumery

-variations on the chypre style of perfumery

-pronounced differences between these fragrance categories.

-historical references and examples of heralded chypre and fouler fragrances. 

-writing formulas

-scaling formulas

-the "big six" notes for formulation: lavender, moss, patchouli, bergamot, coumarin, labdanum

-dilutions

-accord building

-distinguishing characteristics of materials i.e. the scent profile of lavender  absolute vrs. lavender essential oil and how they present differently in fragrances.

Attendees will create at least five perfumes over the weekend. This class is heavily focused on actual perfume blending and is hands-on with access to a wide variety of perfumery materials.

Students will create two versions of FOUGÈRE styles of perfumes to take home and will receive an individual fragrance consultation and evaluation.

Session 2 attendees will focus on two distinct styles of CHYPRE perfumes.  Students will create their own versions of fragrance to take home.

Please note all classes are non refundable and non-transferable. Early registration pricing is currently in effect.  Prices subject to charge. We are happy to offer travel recommendations and information on lodging etc. for students who fly into Rhode Island for perfume class attendance.

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Perfume Formulary Notebook - A Guide To Accurately Recording Perfume Formularies - Providence Perfume Co.
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Perfume Formulary Notebook - A Guide To Accurately Recording Perfume Formularies

$16.00

This handy notebook for perfume formulation is formatted to assist the at home perfumer with accurately recording perfume formulas.  The formulary notebook was created in response to perfumery student feedback and requests for an easier, simpler way to track and organize perfume formulas. In addition, the notebook serves as an educational tool that allows for tracking perfume changes through the aging and revision process.

The guide includes a brief introduction by perfumer Charna Ethier, with recommendations for perfume mod creation, aging, revision and detailed instructions on how to use the formulary notebook for recording perfume formulas.  Formatted pages allow for easy and accurate recording of perfume formulas by weight/grams or drops with notations for initial impressions of scent, impressions post aging, and revisions.  The notebook includes space for recording up to 100 perfume "recipes" and is protected from accidental spills by a clear waterproof cover. 

5.5" x 8.75", spiral bound

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Weekend Natural Perfumery Intensive Course- OCTOBER 13-14, 2018 Quick shop
Weekend Natural Perfumery Intensive Course- OCTOBER 13-14, 2018
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SOLD OUT! Weekend Natural Perfumery Intensive Course- OCTOBER 3-4, 2015 - Providence Perfume Co.
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Weekend Natural Perfumery Intensive Course- OCTOBER 13-14, 2018

$850.00

 Beginner level class   &  Intermediate level class

                               

A weekend long series of workshops focusing on Natural Perfumery: October 13-14, 2018.  

Class 1: Introduction to Natural Perfumery Part 1 October 13th 10:30 am-2:00 pm


WHO SHOULD ATTEND?  Anyone Interested in learning how to create a well balanced natural perfume from an award winning perfumer.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?  Natural perfumery is an art tracing back thousands of years.  Once forgotten, Natural perfumes are now the fastest growing market segment of the perfume industry.  Whether you want to learn how to make natural perfumes for yourself or have dreamed of launching your own line of fragrances, make sure you sign up for this workshop early as it's expected to sell out.
 
Students will learn about: 

The components of natural perfumes: essential oils, absolutes, floral waxes, concretes, and alcohols.

The vernacular of scent.

Importance of notekeeping (formularies, impressions, revisiting.)

Top, middle and Base Note Classification Weighing/Measuring 

Labeling and Ageing 

Proper storage of perfumes and perfumery materials 

Accessory notes requiring dilution 


WHAT WILL I ACHEIVE?  A basic working knowledge of the art of natural perfumery.


WHO IS TEACHING ME?  Your instructor, the fabulous Charna Ethier is the nose and founder of Providence Perfume Co., an award winning natural perfumery specializing in luxurious botanical fragrances.  After spending years working for large beauty and fragrance companies such as Aveda, she desired to create her own line of 100% natural fragrances.  Her perfumes have been featured in numerous magazines and print publications such as W magazine, The Los Angeles Times and Parent.  She has appeared locally on The Rhode Show, and her Fifi award nominated fragrances have received critical acclaim throughout the fragrance industry.


WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE?  Under Charna's guidance, workshop attendees will create and take home:

-2 liquid perfumes

-1 kit of 10 essences (for use at home.)

-Valuable handouts containing reputable sources for ordering supplies, as well as formulation guidelines

Class 2: Creating Solid Perfumes Using Exotic Waxes and Butters Saturday October 13th, 3:00 pm-4:45 pm

Solid Perfumes have remained popular for centuries.  Portable, moisturizing, discreet and fragrant these perfumed balms gently scent the skin while providing hydration.  The wax and oil base allows these balms to wear close to the skin but last for hours.  Excellent as gifts and easy to make, solid perfumes are the perfect introduction to the art of natural perfumery.  We will be making our own solid perfume balms using a bevy of beautiful natural ingredients.  We will discuss the properties attached to each essence.  Attendees will learn how to formulate their own solid perfumes utilizing pure floral waxes such as jasmine and rose, butters, beeswax and oils and will leave with three to five completed solid perfumes of their own creation (depending on time.)

Attendees are encouraged to bring a notebook and pen for note taking.

(Brief break for coffee and fresh air)

Class 3: Marketing/Branding/Promotion 101 Saturday October 13th, 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm

Now that you've created your own amazing perfumes how to you sell them?  How do you get them featured in national magazines?  How do you build an online presence?  Little budget with big goals?  No problem!  
Deemed a one woman marketing dynamo on a budget, Charna Ethier (founder and perfumer of Providence Perfume Co.) has quickly garnered national attention for her fine fragrances.  She will share her secrets for creating an attention grabbing brand without breaking the bank.


Invaluable information on the following topics will be shared and discussed:


-wholesaling your product

-sourcing packaging suppliers

-sourcing packaging

-reputable suppliers for packaging/branding/printing
-creating a pricing structure
-selling your products online
-creating custom products for salons, spas, boutiques and clients
-incorporating social media marketing
-do's and dont's for social media interaction
-the best way to get your product in the hands of magazine editors
-the symbiotic relationship between critics, perfumers and bloggers
-how to market your perfume to achieve the greatest exposure
-photography and graphic design standards
-how to choose an e-commerce platform
-graceful self-promotion


This class is packed with invaluable information that is rarely shared with such forthright honesty and humor.  Attendees will leave with a personalized marketing action plan and a clear concept of where they want to take their fledgling, pre-existing or concept stage business!

Class 4: Introduction to Natural Perfumery Part 2, Sunday October 14th 10:00 am- 2:00 pm


This class will focus on more advanced perfumery techniques.  Topics include the following:


-accessory notes

-creating accurate dilutions by weight or volume

-filtering methods

-tips on creating perfumes with sillage

-troubleshooting formulations

-differences between alcohol and oil carriers

-tincturing botanical material

-INCI nomenclature

-correctly labeling perfumes 

-fixation methods

 

A large part of the class will be spent on accessory notes, unlocking their power and learning to harness their potency.  Students will also create their own take home tinctures and receive an accessory note kit for further evaluation at home.

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Please note that classes are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE.  Early Discounted Registration pricing is currently in effect for this class.

Attendees flying into Providence, please feel free to email us and we can provide information on location, travel, and lodging.  

 



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