Level 1 Workbook
Over the last 25 years of teaching hundreds of students, I have developed a protocol for learning how to create beautiful natural perfumes. The initial portion of this learning is done independently at home, using the Level 1 Workbook to incrementally build your knowledge and skills, working with a set of 18 foundational natural essences, blending up to 6 essences at a time in oil, which is sufficient for fragrancing body-care products and basic solid perfumes.
The Level 1 Workbook gives you the necessary perfumery vocabulary, the basics of relative intensity, the very important aspects of construction, and a deep understanding of what makes a top note, a middle note, or a base note. You will learn about the textures, smells, and intensities that differentiate these notes. The exercises in this workbook introduce various families of scents, familiarize you with the blending capacities of similar essences, and refine your ability to distinguish between essences within each family. After learning the fundamental building blocks on your own in the Level 1 Workbook, you can choose to study in the live Advanced class that I teach on Zoom.
Olfactory Training Workbook
The exercises in this workbook educate your nose to make distinctions between essences that are in the same scent family, as you work your way through each section of the Aftelier Natural Perfume Wheel. You familiarize yourself with the different blending capacities of essences that are similar to one another. This training will help you develop your capacity to make more precise and aesthetically pleasing choices about which essences to include when you are creating a formula. You can do this workbook at any time, whether or not you are attending the Advanced class on Zoom.
Aftelier Natural Perfume Wheel©
Each of the workbooks includes the Aftelier Natural Perfume Wheel© as an invaluable tool to help organize the world of natural essences and link vocabulary to scent. It is a straightforward visual way to link scent experience to description, and to understand the relationships between scents and scent families.
A Little Bit About Me:
I have developed my own line of liquid and solid perfumes, face, bath, and body products: Aftelier Perfumes. In 2017, I created the Aftel Archive of Curious Scents in Berkeley, California -- the only museum in the world dedicated to the history and experience of natural fragrance, showcasing my collection of one-of-a-kind-antique artifacts. I am a founding advisor of The Institute for Art and Olfaction, which has created the Aftel Award for Handmade Perfume in my honor.
My book Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent won the 2016 Perfume Plume award for writing, and Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume won the 2001 Sense of Smell Institute's Richard B. Solomon Award. It continues to be translated and published around the world and is considered a cornerstone of modern natural perfume.
I co-wrote The Art of Flavor: Practices and Principles for Creating Delicious Food and Aroma, a cookbook about using essential oils, and my line of Aftelier Chef’s Essences are used at Michelin-starred restaurants. I was recognized in Perfumer and Flavorist on their “it-list” of perfumers, chosen on Basenotes as one of the 25 most influential people in perfume, and named by Forbes as one of the top seven bespoke perfumers in the world.