The post is written by L’eau-L’eau, Odette Toilette’s events assistant and fragrance writer. Anyone doubting the veracity of her name should be assured that L’Eau-L’Eau is indeed on her birth certificate.
When I heard that Le Labo were offering a floral fragrance workshop at Liberty as part of their Lys 41 and Ylang 49 launch, my curious nostrils couldn’t resist. Over the course of one and a half hours, Le Labo co-founder Eddie Roschi had us smelling all possible raw ingredients of the floral family (lush jasmines, spicy nerolis, you name it) along with some surprise guests like oakmoss and patchouli, before we arrived at the label’s new concoctions, the potent white floral Lys 41 and chypre floral Ylang 49, which together have been described as ‘imperfect twins.’
The events you’ll find on this website tend to veer away from explicit ingredient training – a deliberate decision on our part to offer other angles on fragrance. But so many people who come to our nights ask us if we know of any chances to brush up on raw materials. The afternoon of floral sampling from Le Labo is a nice example of a brand offering this sort of education for perfume enthusiasts. Beyond that, people also regularly ask where to go to learn about making perfume – we regularly make these two recommendations for UK-based hobbyists, and for readers, here they are:
1. Orchadia’s Advanced Perfume Training - a remote, home-based course which explores the biological mechanisms of smelling, history of perfume, raw ingredients and fragrance composition and creation. A combination of both theoretical and practical techniques, participants are given sample kits with 20 key notes to take home with them. This is great if you want to learn in your own time and enjoy receiving gooies in the post.
2. If you prefer something even more hands on, book yourself a place in one of the workshops run by IFF veteran Karen Gilbert. Whether you want a one-day introduction to grasp perfume-making basics, create your own scent with synthetic and natural materials in an artisan perfume-making weekend workshop or study and learn the elements of all fragrance families during an intensive five-day masterclass, Karen has many options. Her Perfumer’s World collaboration in September is set to be a serious bootcamp.
3. For ordering materials to play with at home (use caution!) Olfactik is a good place to start. Whether you’re an ehtyl maltol or hexyl butyrate kind of guy/girl, this expansive online source has all you need to get dabbling. Just read those Materials Safety Data Sheets before you enact George’s Marvellous Medicine.Read More