Perfume Classes

 

 

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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.

Creating Colognes: formulating with CITRUS, GREEN, FRESH and UNISEX compositions - Providence Perfume Co.
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Creating Colognes: formulating with CITRUS, GREEN, FRESH and UNISEX compositions - Providence Perfume Co.

Creating Colognes: formulating with CITRUS, GREEN, FRESH and UNISEX compositions

$450.00

 

 Intermediate level class

Did you know the term "cologne" originally referred to a citrus scent? Most assume the term cologne refers to a scent marketed for men, but the true definition of a cologne is a light scent, typically formulated with fresh citrus notes and approximately 5% essence concentration.  Popularized over 100 years ago, colognes are still popular and universally easy to wear a century later.  Natural essences lend themselves perfectly to creating bright sophisticated colognes but the challenge lies in longevity and fixation of these volatile essences.  In Sessions 1 and 2 we will learn how to create beautiful natural colognes redolent of citrus, petitgrains, flowers, woods and herbs with perfumer Charna Ethier.  

If you love clean, fresh or citrus forward scents this is the class for you.  It is particularly challenging to create all natural citrus based colognes and consequently we will focus on balancing these fleeting essences through our formulas. 

Attendees will have access to a wide variety of essences to create their fragrances and we will focus on the nuance of essences.  Fixation and sillage of cologne composition is integral and we will discover methods of fixing volatile aromas.  

Session #1 runs Saturday May 6th, 2017 from 10:30 am-5:00 pm with a short lunch break.  Session #2 runs Sunday May 7th, 2017 from 10:30 am -2:00 pm.

This two day workshop will cover:

-eau fraiche formulation

-historical formulation and usage 

-cologne formulation

-eau de parfum formulation

-raw materials

-photosensitivity of citrus oils

-distillation methods and usage (i.e. why a CO2 distillation of black pepper may be more desirable in a particular formula.)

-variations on the cologne style of perfumery

-distinguishing characteristics of essences

-writing formulas

-fixation of volatile citrus accords

-dilutions

-storage and preservation of volatile oils

-distinguishing characteristics of materials

Attendees will focus on four distinct styles of cologne formulation: the CLASSIC cologne, the CITRUS forward fragrance composition, the GREEN/FRESH Cologne and the FLORAL forward Cologne.  

Session 1: Students will create their own versions of a CLASSIC and CITRUS style of cologne to take home and will receive an individual fragrance consultation and evaluation.

Session 2: Focus on formulating two distinct styles of cologne: the GREEN fragrance composition and the FLORAL fragrance composition.  Students will create their own versions of both styles of colognes to take home.

Please note all classes are non refundable. We are happy to offer travel recommendations and information on lodging etc. for students who fly into Rhode Island for perfume class attendance.  Please note classes are held at our perfumery located at 13 South Angell Street, Providence RI 02906.

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Creating Oil Perfumes and Solid Perfume Balms April 22, 2017 - Providence Perfume Co.
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Creating Oil Perfumes and Solid Perfume Balms April 22, 2017 - Providence Perfume Co.
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Creating Oil Perfumes and Solid Perfume Balms April 22, 2017

$325.00

 Beginner level class

 EARTH DAY NATURAL PERFUME CLASS

This Introductory perfume class focuses on creating oil based perfumes and solid perfumes utilizing organic oils and exotic butters and waxes.  Oil based perfumes are rapidly increasing in popularity and many prefer the long lasting moisturizing fragrance perfume oils provide.  Formulating perfumes using oil as a carrier presents it's own unique challenges and attendees will learn the proper ratios of top, middle, and base notes necessary for creating balanced perfume oils.  Topics will include carrier oils, formulation, scent classification, essence dilution, reputable suppliers for sourcing ingredients and packaging, botanical materials unsuitable for oil perfume formulation, storage, and aging of perfumes and essences.  Students will create two oil based perfumes and at least three solid perfumes to take home. 

We will also learn how to create solid perfumes using floral waxes and butters.  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 at least four completed solid perfumes of their own creation.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a notebook and pen for note taking.  Please note that classes are NON-REFUNDABLE.  Early registration pricing is currently in effect, class price subject to change.

Class is held from 10:30 am-4:00 pm Saturday April 22, EARTH DAY at Providence Perfume Co., 13 South Angell Street, Providence RI 02906.  Class will break for lunch mid-day.

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

$75.00

= 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

 

This class is being offered on multiple dates in March, April, and May 2017  Please choose the date you wish to attend from the drop down menu. Note ALL classes are NON-REFUNDABLE, and first come first serve.  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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Annual Mother's Day Custom Perfume Event May 14, 2017 - Providence Perfume Co.
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Annual Mother's Day Custom Perfume Event May 14, 2017 - Providence Perfume Co.

Annual Mother's Day Custom Perfume Event May 14, 2017

$125.00

Looking for the perfect Mother's day gift?  Look no further.  Our annual Mother's Day Custom Perfume Event sells out every year, if you're interested in attending book your space now!

Celebrate Mom while creating a custom perfume together.  Join us on Mother's Day, Sunday May 14th to create a custom perfume, just you and your mother.  Book your space at our custom perfume bar and enjoy tea, mimosas and light canapé while creating your own signature natural perfume together.  Each attendee will create her own take home all natural fragrance.  A perfect FUN mother daughter event that holds special memories.  Price includes mini perfumery lesson, refreshments, and two custom perfumes: one for Mom and one for daughter/son/husband.

Please choose an available time slot from the drop down menu to reserve your space. Reservations are non-refundable. We are regretfully unable to accept walk-in reservations day of the event.  First come, first serve.

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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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MAY 20-21, 2017: Weekend Natural Perfumery Intensive Course - Providence Perfume Co.
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MAY 20-21, 2017: Weekend Natural Perfumery Intensive Course

$825.00

 Beginner level class

A weekend long series of workshops focusing on Natural Perfumery: May 20-21, 2017.  Our most popular perfumery class, this intensive course sells out each season. Please note early registration pricing is currently in effect, and prices are subject to change.

Class 1: Introduction to Natural Perfumery Part 1 Saturday May 20th 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.

IFRA, rules and regulations.

Importance of notekeeping (formularies, impressions, revisiting.)

Top, middle and Base Note Classification Weighing/Measuring 

Labeling and Aging

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 over $300.00 worth of materials including:

-2 liquid perfumes

-1 kit of 10 essences (to take home after using in class.)

-1 accessory note kit

-1 tincture for perfumery use

-approximately 4 + solid perfumes

-formulation notebook for recording perfume mods

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

Class 2: Creating Solid Perfumes Using Exotic Waxes and Butters Saturday May 20th, 3:00 pm-4:30 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.


Class 3: Marketing/Branding/Sourcing/Promotion 101 Saturday May 20th, 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 May 21st 10:30 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 bases


-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.  

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

 



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