The Ask the Perfumer Forum is open for questions on how to make your own perfume today. I've been spending so much time on the Facebook page for my upcoming book Perfume From Your Garden, answering scent extraction questions, I felt a need to open up perfume-making discussions here. I'll be here until 10 PM tonight, ET USA, June 8, 2014, so please place your questions to me in that timeframe.
A little about my background as a perfumery instructor: In 2007, I developed a community based, professional natural perfumery course for those who cannot travel to study. This was the first course of its kind, and I pioneered many techniques for students, including making dilutions for the initial study, using scales, organoleptic evaluations, and many more. I wanted this to be the best course available to those who cannot travel to study, perhaps due to finances, job and family commitments, or maybe health reasons. If any of these factors apply, this course is for you, especially if you’re looking for an instructor who has decades of perfumery experience. A few students have told me they took the course because they’re very reserved and didn’t want to be immersed in a real-life classroom setting where they would have to participate. I understand this personality type, and I have found many natural perfumers to be reserved or shy, and I nurture them, as I have for eleven years on the Yahoo Natural Perfumery group I started and host, and in my Ask the Perfumer Sunday forum. After studying perfumery on my own, from classic texts since 1976, I launched the first USA-based natural perfumery line in 1991, and since then have won dozens of awards for my perfumes. What the bloggers who gave these awards didn’t know is that behind the scenes, I developed the first textbook for natural perfumery. Not a handbook or manual, a fully-realized, illustrated, full-color, professionally-edited textbook. It is copyrighted and is in the Library of Congress.
So what do the students enjoy besides my expertise and wonderful textbook? Well, there are two options, the value-priced $500 textbook Home Study, or the $2600 Online Interactive option. Online Interactive is for the student who feels they need one-on-one guidance and the ability to consult with me on a perfumery question, exercise, or assignment. Both options provide dozens of professional forms, charts, and illustrations to make perfumery understandable and organized. Both options also allow the student to be a part of the discussion forum – for life. Adjunct faculty, students and I take part in the forum.
The convenience of distance learning is valuable for all the reasons stated above, and the companionship of the worldwide network of others in the forum is a treasure that will allow you to develop your skills. Please visit http://PerfumeClasses.com and consider the premier online distance learning course for natural perfumery. Don’t forget to check out the testimonials, a tiny sampling of the many I receive for the course.
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