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From Plant to Perfume - a day of botanical perfumery

  • Dilston Physic Garden Dilston Mill House Corbridge, NE45 5QZ (map)

Lavender, Lemon; Rosemary; Thyme, Rose; Jasmine; Orange and Clove are familiar plants and fragrances. Modern day perfumery traces its origins from humble beginnings - a simple burning of resin as incense, the strewing of herbs, a splash of floral water to the scent of a pomander ball. Plants have been used in many forms since antiquity to fragrance the air, to anoint, cleanse, beautify and stir the senses.

Discover the origins of perfumery and the remarkable role of aromatic plants in this immersive one-day workshop. Enjoy a hands-on interactive day, embracing the theory and creative art of botanical perfumery where you will explore:

  • The origins of history of perfume from Cleopatra to Chanel

  • Understand perfume vocabulary, the art of smelling and training your nose

  • Perfume structure - top, middle and base notes and fragrance families

  • Secrets of blending and dilution, safety and storage

Inspired by the surrounding beauty of Dilston Physic Garden and using a palette of pure grade essential oils and absolutes you will learn about the key ingredients in perfume creation and how to combine them. With ample time for sampling and discussion you will be guided on basic perfumery composition and blending to create your own alcohol-based 25ml perfume spray.

Fee includes all sampling, use of materials and equipment, detailed notes and your bespoke 25ml perfume spray to take away.

Refreshments are provided but please bring your own lunch.

Price: £70.00