Perfumery: Materials, Bridges and Accords

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Taught by Eliza Douglas

Eliza Douglas is fascinated by all things fragrant. She went to perfumery school in France and currently works for a niche perfumer in New York. She has a passion for the raw materials of perfumery, (the quirkier the better) and loves to share her knowledge and debunk the many myths that float around the industry. She is also the Vice Treasurer for the Academy of Perfumery and Aromatics, the American branch of the Osmotheque in Versailles. 


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Pick and choose: Each session individually is $40, while the set of all four is $140

Classes will revolve around a special single raw material. We'll explore its facets and smell materials that have similar facets forming 'bridges' between them. These accords can be the building blocks to creating perfumes. Famous accords in fabulous perfumes will be sampled to deepen an understanding of how these materials work together and within a scent.

A good part of the session will be devoted to blending with the focus on creating accords that center on the material of study. It will be exciting, exploratory and fun!

Week One, May 4: Vanilla Absolutes from Madagascar ('Bourbon' vanilla) and Tahiti. An exploration of this key ingredient, found in almost every perfume.

Week Two, May 11: Geranium Bourbon. The finest of the geranium oils, this is one of the most important essential oils in perfumery, creating a fresh, rosy, floral link.

Week Three, May 18: Vintage Patchouli. A refined perfumery ingredient, found in many classic fragrances, it creates magical and surprising effects.

Week Four, May 25: Rose Otto, a beautiful and irreplaceable ingredient, it is soft, fresh and rich, working harmoniously in the heart of a fragrance.

You can sign up for all four classes simultaneously or pick and choose individual sessions. 

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