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Artisan perfumers can create their own aromatics for their perfumery. Details on enfleurage, distillation and other extraction methods are taught in the Bonus Module.

Currently Offering:

The Natural Perfumery Course

The course is comprehensive and the foundation for advanced studies in perfumery.

Taught by Anya McCoy, who launched the first natural perfume line in the USA in 1991, who is Perfumer for Anya's Garden and President of the Natural Perfumers Guild.

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Tuition for Private Tutorial:

$2600 - self-paced study click here

Tuition for Independent Study:

$1000 - self-paced study click here

A Certificate of Completion in Basic Natural Perfumery is issued upon submittal of the successful final essay and perfume. There is a small fee for the review and certificate.

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There is a list of necessary class materials including glassware, scent strips, etc. You will receive the list and suggestions for suppliers. Documents that include alcohol regulations worldwide (where information is available) and much more is provided for the student.

The tuition is non-refundable due to the educational materials being made available to the students from the beginning of the course.

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Natural Perfumery Course

Syllabus

 

The course textbook is approximately 350 pages and profusely illustrated with photos, charts, and illustrations. Below you will find an outline of the syllabus, but because the course content is nine pages long (when viewed as the table of contents in the NPI textbook) you are viewing the short version here. This course provides comprehensive training in perfumery techniques. It is suitable for students who are seeking a foundation for a career, or a hobby in natural perfumery.

 

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This is one of the most professional perfumery courses offered on the Internet, and the innovative, creative teachniques taught here were established by Anya McCoy in 2007, when the Natural Perfumery Institute opened.

 

Those who are interested in taking the course are:

  • Aspiring natural perfumers
  • Experienced perfumers who wish to improve their studio, organization, and professional skills
  • Those desiring an education in a natural art
  • Aromatherapists who wish to expand their blending knowledge
  • People looking for enhanced career and business opportunities
  • Artists who wish to expand their culinary and lifestyle adventures

Module 1

Major topics:
History of Perfumery
Workspace Design and Requirements
Aromatics Study Kit Dilution
Organoleptic Evaluations

Module 1 Exercises:
1. Dilution
2. Organoleptic Evaluations

Exercise Instructions
Checklist
Assignment

Forms/Charts/Sheets:
Organoleptic Evaluation Form
Intensity/Impact Chart
Aromatic Lexicon Chart

Extra readings:
History of Perfumery
Safety
Aromatics Monographs

Module 2

Major Topics:

Aromatic Groups
Fragrance Families

Exercise:
Organoleptic Evaluations of Aromatic Groups

Exercise Instructions
Checklist
Assignment


Forms/Charts/Sheets:
Organoleptic Evaluation Form
Aromatic Groups Chart
Shorthand Key for Aromatic Terms

Extra Readings:
Sources of Aromatics - Botanical, Animal, Mineral


Module 3

Major Topics:

Exalting and Dampening
Introduction to Accords
Horizontal Accords

Exercise:
Creating Horizontal Accords

Exercise Instructions
Checklist
Assignment

Forms/Charts/Sheets:
Horizontal Accord Form
Excel database, handwritten form

Extra Reading:
Extraction of Aromatics - from tincturing to fractional distillation

Module 4

Major Topics:
Vertical Accords

Exercise:
Creating Vertical Accords

Exercise Instructions
Checklist
Assignment


Forms/Charts/Sheets:
Vertical Accord Form
Excel database Form

Extra Reading:
Physiology of Scent


Module 5

Major Topic:
Creating modifications for perfumes

Exercise:
Modifications, how to create and evaluate

Exercise Instructions
Checklist
Assignment


Forms/Charts/Sheets:
Modification recording forms

Extra reading:
Psychology of Scent


Module 6

Major Topic:

Creating perfume

Exercise:

Creating a perfume

Exercise Instructions
Checklist
Assignment


Forms/Charts/Sheets:
Excel database, handwritten form

Extra reading:
Jean Carles essay

Industry Regulations and more....... for example, regulatory info:

INCI names
FDA labeling
EU labeling

Bonus Modules - for Online Interactive Students

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Ultrasonic Extracts
Tinctures and Infusions
Solid Perfumes
Oil-based Perfumes
Enfleurage and Pomades
Bath Salts
Potpourris
Botanical Incense
Room Fragrancing
Massage Oils
Flavoring food and drink with aromatics
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Receive Three Free Downloads When You Sign up For the NPI Newsletter:

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.

2. Perfumery Quotes - a delightful booklet to amuse and inspire.

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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