The Cotswold Perfumery - Perfume Making Courses
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Perfume Making - Level One and Level Two Course - Combined

Course Description

If you are keen to learn about all aspects of perfumery and want to create custom perfumes either out of personal interest or as a business, then this five day advanced course is the one for you.

You’ll be taught by the master, our chief perfumer, John Stephen who will pass on his knowledge in an engaging and informative manner as he describes the process involved in making commercially viable perfumes.

You’ll learn how to create complex fragrances, discover the professional requirements for perfume creation and understand the legislation involved. This course covers essential components of an advanced perfume course including toxicology, allergens and packaging requirements.

You’ll spend much of the time experimenting with a different selection of interesting ingredients which you will be introduced to and you will make samples of your very own bespoke perfumes to take home with you, together with their specification so that you can reorder them and/or refine and develop them further.

In order to check the health and legal requirements associated with your perfume specifications an automated Spreadsheet procedure is used. This advanced course includes a day of painless top up Spreadsheet training.

The cost of our courses include refreshments as well as lunch in a pretty riverside restaurant in beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water.

As this is a five day course we are delighted to offer our own 5 Star Gold Awarded accommodation at discounted rates, see course details below for further information. Availability is limited so if you are interested in staying with us please email as soon as possible to check availability. Our accommodation website shows the apartments but the dates will show as unavailable as we automatically reserve them for course dates.

 If you have previously completed the Level One Course and you do not wish to do this again, as part of this advanced combined course, we will refund you £245. Just send us an email after booking and we will process this. 

Gift Vouchers

If you or someone you know would be interested in attending our advanced Perfume Making Course, but don't yet know a date to choose, why not buy a gift voucher from our main Cotswold Perfumery website? The Cotswold Perfumery - Makers of Fine English Fragrances (

You can then check availability for a date that would suit you. Gift vouchers are valid for 12 months.

Cancellation Policy can be found here

Course Dates

The number of places on each course is limited to 10. To check current availability please visit our online booking system.

Clicking the above link will open our secure booking system in a new browser tab.

Course Features

If you wish to make perfume for others or set up your own business in perfumery, this is the course for you. Our Chief Perfumer John Stephen will share his expert knowledge with you and teach you the principles of making commercially viable perfumes.

This is a five-day (Wed-Sun) course where attendees create their own fragrances and produce the required documentation for commercialisation.

This course is open to those who wish to create custom perfumes for personal interest or commercially. The course, which is very hands-on, takes participants through the creation of complex fragrances. It also incorporates theory regarding the professional requirements for perfume creation; including legislation.

A wide selection of materials is used.

The group size is restricted to allow one-to-one support and guidance.

Laptops are required with Excel installed. A limited number are available on loan from us if needed but you are advised to bring your own if possible. This course includes Spreadsheet training for those of you who aren’t familiar with Excel, or need a refresher.

By the end of the course you will:

  • understand the role of a creative perfumer.
  • learn how to produce the necessary documentation to conform to regulations. 
  • appreciate (by hands-on participation) the side-effect of the addition of even very small quantities of some raw materials.
  • become familiar with the legal issues regarding the transportation of perfumes.
  • be provided with a set of template documents which will streamline your perfume making documentation.
  • be equipped to start creating commercially viable fragrances.

Points to Note:

  • For overseas participants, please note that we only currently offer courses in English.
  • The legislation covered in the course is European Law, and whilst
    there is considerable convergence worldwide there are still variations
    outside Europe that are not covered on the course.

Discounts for Accommodation...

  • As this is a five day course (normally held Wednesday to Sunday) we appreciate that many participants will require accommodation and we are delighted to offer our own accommodation at discounted rates.
  • Our three fabulous double bedroom apartments - The Perfumery Apartments in Bourton on the Water and the Promenade Apartment in Cheltenham can both be booked by course participants for the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. All apartments are rated with Five Stars and a Gold Award.
  • Availability is limited - so booking early is strongly recommended.
  • Discounts on accommodation are offered for course participants of £50 per person, per night on our accommodation.
  • We automatically reserve all our accommodation during courses for our students, so our accommodation calendar will not show availability. If you are interested in staying with us, please email or call us as soon as possible to check availability.
  • For those staying in the Promenade, Cheltenham, transport to and from the Perfumery on the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday is offered - free of charge.

Other accommodation close by:

The Cotswolds are a very popular tourist destination and there are a wide variety of places to stay in the area including hotels, bed and breakfasts, rooms in inns and holiday cottages. Many of these are listed and reviewed on TripAdvisor.

Food and Leisure activities:

Why not combine your perfume making training with leisure activities by taking advantage of the other wonderful opportunities available to you whilst you are staying in the beautiful Cotswolds?

We treat course attendees to a lunchtime meal at a lovely local restaurant on each day of the course.

In the evening, course attendees often get together and dine at one of the many local bars and restaurants, some which are located by the sparkling river Windrush which runs through the village.

Bars and restaurants in Bourton-on-the-Water and other pretty small towns and villages close by can also be found online.

The Cotswolds are a beautiful area for countryside walks, many which start from the door. There are also lots of independent shops to look around and a variety of other attractions to explore, including a quirky vintage motor museum in Bourton-on-the-Water, Birdland, which is home to birds including parrots, owls and penguins, and a model village - a 1930’s scale replica of the village.

Perfume making in The Cotswolds is a scent-sational delight. To reserve your place enrol today and enjoy!

Cancellation Policy can be found here


Cotswold Perfumery
Victoria Street
Bourton on the Water
GL54 2BU

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About the venue

The Cotswold Perfumery

We have a dedicated teaching room/laboratory at the Cotswold Perfumery in the beautiful village of Bourton on the Water

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