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Natural Perfume Academy Announces September Course in Natural Perfumery

Who should take the Natural Perfume Academy Course?

  • Independent Natural Botanical Perfumers
  • In-house Company Perfumers
  • Essential Oil producers, Bulk sellers, distillers, distributors and agents
  • Those in the beauty therapy and salon industry.
  • Retail oulets in the beauty and perfume industry.
  • Those who are serious about the subject and want to step up to the professional level.

What will the Natural Perfume Academy Course do for an existing perfumery business or company?

 The Natural Perfume Academy distance-learning course provides a cost-effective, flexible element in the training of professionals in the perfumery industry. It provides a world view of the Natural Perfume industry so that individuals can improve their capabilities.

For essential oil producers and distributors, the course not only presents distinct consideration of this level of the industry, but also provides better insight into how and why materials are used by natural perfumers. Better understanding of customers improves sales performance.

For natural perfumers themselves, crucial issues such as management of the brief are considered, thereby improving personal performance. The inclusion of the make-up and production of natural materials provides the essential grounding that is needed by all creative natural botanical perfumers.

What will the Natural Perfume Academy Course do for me?

The Natural Perfume Academy course is a combination of art, science, practical applications and management. For students without a scientific background, the necessary grounding is provided.

For the student, the course provides the answer to the question "What is special about the Natural Perfume industry". The inclusion from production to end consumer product provides the much needed conspectus of the natural perfume industry that the growing natural perfumer needs. Management of new product development is also included.

The Natural Perfume Academy Studies course provides the necessary requirements to succeed in this globally recognised niche industry.

For existing professionals in the Natural Perfume industry who want to make the next step-up, the Natural Perfume Academy Course provides that essential wider perspective and complex skill base. Each level of the natural perfumery industry is considered and both practical and management issues are covered.

How will the class be meeting online during the course of a given week? The course is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and students are free to enter and read the current open unit(s), and post on the forums at any time. The instructor and mentors will be in and out of the academy during the week as well, but there will be a set day during the week in which the instructor will be in the academy and available for instruction and questions.

What is the meaning of the words “spirit and filth” in regard to perfume history?

Spirit refers to perfumes spiritual aspects, its connection with honoring gods. Filth is in reference to short periods of time during history when perfume, bathing and bathing rituals were avoided or were unavailable.

What physical items do I receive for my tuition?

Also included in tuition is a comprehensive work book/primer which closely follows the course curriculum, with slight variations. The work book includes history, safety, IFRA regulations, glossary, scent vocabulary, formulation methods, links to suppliers, recommended reading lists and much, much more. The work book serves a dual purpose as an instructional, similar to a text book, with work sheets to conduct study trials, essence evaluations and creation of perfume for independent home study.

How are the classes given? 

The classes are given on the Moodle academy format with 24 hour access. Each unit will be opened as we complete the previous unit. There will be assignments which can be completed on the Moodle format (copy and pasted from your computer). Forums for each unit are available for student/teacher, student/student and student/mentor interaction. Previous students have signed on as mentors to help motivate and inspire new students.
The learning platform we use provides the facilities to upload assignments, advanced uploading of files, off line activities and assignments, live chat sessions, pod casts, online video, quizzes and questions in a variety of formats, a glossary, a student journal, forums, online lessons in a secure environment, surveys and workshops.
We also provide training in how to use the site well in advance of the class beginning in order to build confidence and have site administrators and professional technical assistance on hand at all time should the need arise.

What is the benefit of taking this online course as opposed to researching and studying on my own?

This online course, and any other online course, serves to shorten the length of time, and ultimately the money spent, on learning this art form on your own. Instead of scouring the internet or jumping down rabbit holes in search of the holy grail of Natural Botanical Perfume information, you will be conducting evaluations and trial studies, the true “holy grail” of Natural Botanical Perfume information -- you will be doing the work that it takes to become a Natural Botanical Perfumer.

What are the entry qualifications

Non-graduates are permitted to apply for the course.  The academy seats are given on a first come first served basis. Preference is given to those in employment in the Natural Perfumery Industry (letter of employer’s support required).

What special tools or supplies not included in the tuition do I need to be able to complete the course.

We’ve structured the course to give each student time in which to gather the required tools and supplies necessary to finish the course. To complete evaluations of your own materials, and to formulate perfumes, you will need to have on hand

  • several dozen 5 to 10 ml dropper bottles
  • 10- ½ oz cobalt or amber bottles with caps
  • 5- 1 oz cobalt or amber bottles with caps
  • 5- 2 oz cobalt or amber bottles with caps
  • 2- 4 oz cobalt or amber bottles with caps
  • droppers
  • funnels
  • filter paper
  • paper towels
  • isopropyl alcohol
  • skewers
  • self-adhesive labels or strips of paper
  • transparent tape
  • scent strips or squares of acid-free water color paper
  • small metal or glass cups
  • pipe cleaners
  • small bottle brush
  • pens
  • notebooks and a file folder

All these items are readily available and can be purchased inexpensively.

During the advanced portion of the course, you will need to have on hand:

  • a digital scale capable of weighing at least as low as 1/100th of a gram (1/1000th of a gram is optimal),
  • graduated cylinders in 5ml, 10ml, 25ml and 50ml increments
  • an ultrasonic cleaner (optional)
  • a Neti pot is also recommended but not necessary

Course Workbooks are normally shipped within 21 working days of payment being cleared.

What is the average amount of time necessary to review assignments and materials and conduct lab work per month?

When we reach the sections of the course which require lab work, it is estimated that 10-20 hours per month of study and evaluation is sufficient to complete the assignments.

Could you give me information on the application process and when does the next course begin?

Course cost:
$725 USD. A non-refundable deposit of $242 USD is required to secure your place and we are taking bookings now. Course begin date September 8th. You will be allowed plenty of time to become familiar with the educational platform we use. You will receive tuition and training on the use of the site before the class date.
To get started with the application process please go to and click on the "Pay Now" button on the top left under the heading "Deposit".


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