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

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


 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


-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.