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Perfume Making - Level Two Course

Course Description

If you’ve completed our one-day Level One course and want to take your skills to the next level of professionalism, then this advanced perfume making course is the course 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.

Level Two courses are open to graduates of our Level One course who want to expand their knowledge and create custom perfumes either out of personal interest and/or as a business. You'll learn how to create more complex fragrances, discover the professional requirements for perfume creation and understand the legislation involved. The course also 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. If you are unfamiliar or rusty in using Excel don't worry, please contact us and we can arrange a painless, top-up Spreadsheet training course for you. The next Spreadsheet Training course dates are: 23rd March 2022, 8th June 2022, 14th September 2022 and 23rd November 2022. The cost of this course is £145. 

The cost of our courses include 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 Two 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.

Course Dates

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

Course cost: £995

Course length: 3 days

CPD accredited

Course Dates
Friday 11th, Sat 12th, Sun 13th June '21 (3 days)
Friday 16th, Sat 17th, Sun 18th July '21 (3 days)
Friday 17th, Sat 18th, Sun 19th September '21 (3 days)
Friday 12th, Sat 13th, Sun 14th November '21 (3 days)
2022 DATES! 
Friday, 25th, Sat 26th, Sun 27th March '22 (3 days)
Fri 10th, Sat 11th, Sun 12th June '22 (3 days) 
Fri 16th, Sat 17th, Sun 18th September '22 (3 days)
 Fri 25th, Sat 26th, Sun 27th November '22 (3 days)
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Course Features

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

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

Level Two courses are open to Level One ‘Graduates’ who wish to expand upon their knowledge and create custom perfumes for personal interest or commercially. The course, which is very hands-on, takes participants through the creation of more complex fragrances than Level One. It also incorporates theory regarding the professional requirements for perfume creation; including legislation.

A wide selection of materials is used, 55 as opposed to 25 on the Level One course. 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. We also offer Spreadsheet training for those of you who aren’t familiar with Excel at a cost of £145. Please contact us if you would like further information.

By the end of the Level Two 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.
  • Course entry requirements
    • completion of the Cotswold Perfumery Level One course.
    • Spreadsheet training is recommended for those who are new to Spreadsheets or have only a basic knowledge. Please enquire if you are interested in Spreadsheet training.

Discounts for Accommodation...

  • Level Two is a three day course (normally held Friday to Sunday) so 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 Friday and Saturday night (or Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights if spreadsheet training is required). 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 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 bar-snack at a lovely local public house 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!


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