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What is Natural Perfume

- What is Natural Perfume?

Natural perfume, as defined by the Natural Perfumery Institute (NPI), is the use of pure and natural aromatics from the land, sea and soil, along with select animal essences, such as beeswax, ambergris and others, professionally combined to produce a beautiful, luxury liquid perfume. There are accessory products in natural perfumery, such as solid perfumes, incenses, candles, soaps and other body and bath products, and natural perfume blends are used to fragrance them.

Natural perfumers are dedicated to seeking out the finest natural aromatics, and never using synthetic fragrance aromachemicals or synthetic or chemically-denatured alcohol (except where the law does not permit the use of undenatured alcohol). Natural isolate aromachemicals, obtained by fractional distillation of essential oils and absolutes are used in natural perfumery, as are tinctures, infusions, and other extracts.

- Why study Natural Perfumery?

People study natural perfumery to so that they may quickly and expertly understand the complex and demanding art of natural perfumery. With a a systematic study, under the instruction of an experienced and successful natural perfumer, the student can save not only time, but expensive mistakes with the aromatics. You will also learn many of the classical methods of blending, and the art and science behind the discipline.

The NPI natural perfumery course is designed to create active perfumers, as defined by Anya McCoy, which means you will be adept in all phases of perfumery basics. You will start by learning how to work with the best aromatics from initial dilution and evaluation experiments. By the end of the sixth module, the student will know how and why they used the specific aromatics, in the precise measurements, to create their perfume for certification. In other words, you will be guided so that you may avoid pitfalls, confusion, and questions about what are the best techniques for blending.

- What supplies do I need for the 1-year course?

$320 for the Module 1 aromatics study kit. Contains 24 essences.

$350 for supplemental aromatics kit of 60 essences in 2ml bottles. This is needed for Module 2. If you do not have an extensive perfumers organ when class starts, you will need this. Please inventory your palette of aromatics and forward it to the Instructor if you have any questions about substituting the aromatics you have on hand for the kits.

(kits and materials listed below not included in the cost of the tuition)

There are additional materials including bottles, lab glassware, a scale, and other items that are needed for the course. A complete list is provided upon enrollment.

- - What if I need more than one year to complete my studies?

Just contact the Instructor via the contact page and arrangements will be made. There may be an additional fee due to the additional interaction between Instructor and student, and that will be determined during the communication.

- Do you have a payment plan for the tuition?

A payment plan is available only for the Private Tutorial Option, not the Independent Study option.

- What is the Institute's refund policy?

There is no refund on the deposit or tuition.

- What is the process to become a certified natural perfumer?

After completing the six study modules and submitting assignments, the student may submit a perfume and brief essay to the Instructor, along with a $75 review fee. The perfume and essay should reflect that the student learned the basics as taught in the course, and that they are able to articulate them. Receiving the certification will allow the student to continue studies at the Advanced level.


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1. The Natural Perfumery Institute and the Natural Perfumers Guild co-published a white paper on Proper pH for Accords, Perfumes, and Tinctures.

This is a helpful guide for artisan and independent perfumers, written to share chemical precautions to assist them in perfume production. The paper was co-authored by three NPI faculty members.

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3. Natural Perfume Materials book by Naves and Mazuyer - a wonderful rare and out of print reference book on natural aromatics.

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