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Classic Fragrance Families & Accords

2.5 Hour Zoom Instruction with Blending Workshop

Explore the nuances of eight fragrance families, including their historical and cultural significance as well as the top, middle, and base notes that make each one unique. Experience individual essential oils and absolutes, and learn how they work together to make up each family. After selecting one family, you will construct your own perfume, built upon a specific accord and then embellished by your own creativity. Discover the vast world of perfumery through eight classic fragrance families: Amber, Chypre, Citrus, Fougère, Floral, Gourmand, Woody, Soliflore.

Part 1: This class explores four classic perfume families: Citrus, Chypre, Fougère, Floral
Part 2: This second class explores four classic perfume families: Amber, Gourmand, Woody, Soliflore


  • Online Class via Zoom
  • Some Natural Perfumery or Aromatherapy Knowledge Encouraged: We will be focusing on specific perfume familes and not covering perfume fundamentals. The material will still be interesting for people with no background in the area but will be even more valuable with some context. We encourage you to begin your perfume journey with the Introductory Botanical Perfumery Class.
  • Materials Needed: Prior to the class, we will be sending you the four perfume family blends you will be formulating with. In the last part of the class, Carole will guide the class through modifying one of the accords with essences from the botanical organ, available in the Botanical Perfume Kit This kit includes everything you'll need to blend in class and afterwards in your perfumery practice. Whether you order the kit from us or source the materials elsewhere, your experience in class will be enhanced by having them with you during class.


Our Nomad Botanicals Founder, Carole, has been in the botanical perfumery and aromatherapy field for 25 years. Early on, she set off to become a perfumer after being inspired by one of her original mentors, Meg DeWeese. She studied chemistry in preparation for her dream of attending the prestigious perfume school, ISIPCA in Versailles. After visiting the school and delving deeper into the field, Carole discovered that while she was enticed by the romance of becoming an official "Nose" by following a traditional perfumery path, her true passion existed in the world of botanical essences vs. synthetic ones. Carole embraced this change of direction and was fortunate to study with world renowned mentors along her path. She apprenticed and worked with Kurt Schnaubelt for years and eventually taught aromatherapy certification classes with him. Carole was also influenced by the pioneering botanical legacy of Horst Rechelbacher during her 15-year tenure as an executive with Aveda. She has journeyed through multiple Slow Scent® Natural Perfumery Certifications with Mandy Aftel and is honored to share Mandy's legendary natural perfume concepts with you!

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