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Botanical Perfumery Class

3 Hour Zoom Instruction with Blending Workshop (Botanical Perfumery Kit bundle option also available)

Explore the rich history and elusive mystery of botanical essences as we indulge our senses in exquisite, otherworldly aromas. We will cover the foundation and art of natural perfumery, and then engage in a blending workshop where you will create your very own signature scent from a botanical perfumer’s organ of 18 key absolutes and essential oils. The class is taught by Carole Addison-Goyne, who has spent the past three decades in the botanical perfume and aromatherapy fields. She will share key conepts from her mentor, Mandy Aftel and Mandy's Slow Scent® method in this class, paying homage to one of the brilliant people who has paved the way for modern natural perfumery. It is Carole's honor to keep the ripple effect of knowledge and wisdom flowing within this beautiful craft through her classes, and she invites you to be a part of that!


  • Online Class via Zoom
  • September 28, 2024: 10 am - 1 pm PST
  • Two Registration Options:
    • $90 Registration Includes: Workbook & Aftelier Natural Perfume Wheel ©
    • $290 Registration Includes: Workbook, Aftelier Natural Perfume Wheel © and the additional materials required for full participation via The Botanical Perfumery Kit. If you do not register for the class + kit bundle, we recommend that you still have all of these materials on hand to get the most out of the class.


This Botanical Perfumery Kit provides you with all of the materials you will need during the class and and long afterwards to serve you in your perfumery practice. Your miniature perfume organ includes some of the most important notes used in creating botanical perfumes. Arranged from top to bottom there are 6 top, 6 middle, and 6 base notes secured safely in a treasure box . The selection of these 18 notes was curated by Mandy Aftel. We created the Botanical Perfumery Kit to accompany our classes and to stir your imagination with timeless aromas.


Create your own custom perfumes with this collection of absolutes, essential oils, and perfume diluents. Just as musicians compose songs with musical notes, perfumers compose perfumes with fragrance notes. There are over 7 million different combinations that can be constructed with this curated selection of aromas, based on the formulation guidelines included in the instructional booklet. Infuse dreams, memories, and stories into your unique perfume chords as you relish your artistic journey!


  • Educational Online Workshop
  • Workbook including Formula Sheets (organized for notes during the workshop)
  • Botanical Perfumery Kit of 18 Essences (13x 5 mL and 5 x 1 mL) in Treasure Box
    • Absolutes of Jasmine (1 mL), Lavender, Nutmeg (1 mL), Rose (1 mL), Labdanum (1 mL), and Tobacco (1 mL). Essential Oils of Black Pepper, Douglas Fir, Ginger, Grapefruit, Ho Wood, Lime, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Patchouli, Peru Balsam, and Vetiver.
  • Instructional Booklet
  • Aftelier Natural Perfume Wheel©
  • Roll-on Bottle, 10 mL (filled with 7 mL of Jojoba Oil for the perfume you will make during class)
  • Roll-on Bottle, 5 mL x 3 (for Jojoba Oil-based perfume to make outside of class)
  • Perfume Spray Bottle, 5 mL (for Alcohol or Fractionated Coconut Oil-based perfume to make outside of class)
  • Jojoba Oil Perfume Diluent, 30 mL
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil Perfume Diluent, 30 mL
  • Scent Strips x 50
  • Scent Strip Holders x 4
  • Cards for Scent Strip Holders x 4
  • Piece of Wool (to smell when nose becomes fatigued)
  • Glass Droppers x 2
  • Funnel
  • Glass Vials, 4 dram (14.8 mL) x 4
  • Sheet of blank labels for vials


Our Nomad Botanicals Founder, Carole Addison-Goyne, has been in the aromatherapy, botanical perfumery, and natural products field for the past three decades. She has been fortunate to study with world-renowned mentors along her path, including Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD and Mandy Aftel, who are both international authorities and best-selling authors in their fields. Carole apprenticed and worked with Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD for years, teaching aromatherapy certification seminars and overseeing his essential oil business. Carole has also received several Natural Perfumery Slow Scent® Certifications from Mandy Aftel and continues to find some of her greatest joy in teaching about this timeless craft. Additionally, Carole was influenced by the pioneering botanical legacy of Horst Rechelbacher during her 15-year tenure as an executive with Aveda.


Through the years, Carole and her husband, Scott, have distilled essential oils in Northern California, and they were also engaged in the development of bringing to market medicinal and aromatic plants from Morocco, through a USAID project. In the midst of all of these endeavors, Carole earned her MBA and also followed her nose to Aveda where she spent 15 years in an executive leadership role. Through Carole's collective experiences, the concept of Nomad Botanicals was born. With a dream team beside her, the Nomad journey continues to evolve with vibrancy each day. Creating and sharing high quality aromatherapy lifestyle products with people around the world is Carole's dream come true.


Outside of Nomad Botanicals, Carole is a Director on the Board of Directors for HenHouse Brewing Company, which she and her husband co-founded after converting some of their essential oil stills into brewing equipment. She has also dedicated herself to community service, from chairing the MBA Alumni Forum at Sonoma State University in recent years to her current stewardship, serving as Secretary on the Board of the Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers' Market. Carole's involvement in her local community reflects her core values of being grateful and giving back.


Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews

I ordered the perfume class with kit. The entire experience and product was extremely thoughtful. The kit came with high quality supplies and the packaging was beautiful and functional. It included and wooden box to store the essences, which makes it nice for repeated long time use. The kit also has enough supplies to last a long time through many more concoctions to do on your own after completing the class. The class itself was intimate and allowed for a lot of individualized learning. I was enjoying the class so much the time flew by. Overall it was a great value and you can really feel the time, effort, and love that went into creating this class with kit. Thank you!

Jill K.
Wondrous experience!!

I have always been drawn to sent, and as a Florist, this class was a dream come true. I learned so much and Carol’s extensive knowledge and passion for a fragrance made the experience even more fulfilling. Her enthusiasm was contagious, and I have many fond memories of our group, sharing ideas, and the scents that we had each created. Totally inspiring!

Laurel G.
Finding sanctuary through smell

What a gift this class was! As a full time professional and busy mom to a teenager and toddler, I rarely make the time to sit still and truly immerse myself in meditation, deep introspection or self-care. This class was such a perfect catalyst for me to create space for all of those important things.
Carole is a fabulous teacher and her passion for essential oils and perfumery is intoxicating! I feel empowered and rejuvenated and can't wait to make my next blend... Take this class, if you can! I promise you - it will absolutely enhance your life.

Winny A.
My review comes from the heart!

I loved every aspect of it, even though it was not an InPerson class our whole meeting set up felt very relaxed and cozy which made me feel comfortable and at ease. Carole’s teaching style is very down to earth, she presents the information in an easy way to understand. Carole’s love for what she does shows and her attention to detail is impeccable. The materials for the course are high quality botanicals presented in such a creative way, one can’t help but fall in love with it. I highly recommend Carole’s class to anyone interested in learning about the art of botanical perfumery.

Jennifer Kline
Game-changing class!

This class was a game-changer for opening my mind to natural perfumery. I have never liked synthetic aromas, so being able to make my own natural perfume was wonderful. I have been a cook for many years and grow our own edible garden. Making perfume is the natural next step in my farm-to-table lifestyle. Being able to enjoy the botanicals I love in a whole new way was an amazing experience! The olfactory system is such an important sense in the human body, and the information was revolutionary in helping to build my understanding of it in this workshop. I love working with my botanical perfumery kit. I have already created several blends in the few days following the class. It has been especially inspiring to share them with friends and see their different reactions. I look forward to playing with these beautiful essences and creating more botanical perfumes!