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Perfume Making - Level One Course

Course Description

Discover the art and science of smells and learn how to make your own perfume on this one-day perfume making workshop covering both the theoretical and practical aspects of fragrance creation.

Our one-day beginners’ perfume course appeals to everyone from aspiring perfumers with commercial ambitions, to those curious to learn about the art of how to make a perfume so you can create unique fragrance gifts for yourself, friends and family. You’ll spend much of the day experimenting with the many different ingredients you will be introduced to and make a magical blend of your very own bespoke perfume to take home with you in a stylish, contemporary perfume bottle.

The cost includes refreshments as well as lunch in a pretty riverside restaurant in beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water.

Gift Vouchers

If you or someone you know would be interested in attending our Level One 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 Features

Spend a day with us at The Cotswold Perfumery and we'll teach you the art and science of the nose, the sense of smells and how to make your own perfume.

Our perfume courses bring together a wide range of people; from aspiring perfumers who have commercial aspirations to discerning individuals who are interested in finding out more about the art of perfumery. You might be looking to create perfume as unique gifts for friends and family for special occasions?

The bespoke element of this course means that you can do just that. Our courses incorporate both theoretical and practical aspects of perfume creation with the majority of your time involved in hands-on perfume making.

Perfumery Level One introduces the basic concepts and perfume classifications and ends with the creation of a perfume.

Your journey into the fascinating world of perfume creation begins with an overview of the theory of perfume making. During the morning session our chief perfumer John Stephen will test your nose and talk you through the basic concepts for perfume creation including fragrance composition, characteristics of raw materials and the stages of the perfume-making process. 

In the afternoon, with the help of your newly acquired perfumery knowledge and John’s support, you will work in our laboratory and create your own bespoke perfume to take home with you.


Perfect for:

Our Level One course is the perfect gift for anyone who loves perfume or has an interest in perfumery and wants to make their own perfume or for those considering perfumery as a career. It also provides an excellent insight into the perfume industry and a real-world experience of a fully operational perfume laboratory.

By the end of the Level One course, you will:

  • understand how perfumes can be grouped into classifications so that
    you have a framework within which to understand fragrances and be able to create your perfume knowledgeably.
  • learn how to structure a perfume and build it from raw materials.
  • understand blending techniques and identify typical pitfalls to avoid.
  • appreciate the importance of balance and harmony in perfume and how to achieve these qualities.
  • learn how to use perfume making and testing equipment safely and confidently.
  • make your own distinctive perfume to take home.

Discounts Available:

If you are booking more than one place on this course (perhaps you’d like to book a perfume making party for you and your family/friends?) then we are pleased to offer you the following discounts:

  • Book 3 or more places and receive 10% discount
  • Book 6 or more places and receive 20% discount


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

Perfume making illustrations