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Botanical Perfumery & Aromatherapy Classes

in Petaluma, California

 

We invite you to journey with us through the enchanting realm of scent. Aromatic botanicals have been revered across cultures throughout the ages as a portal through our emotions, desires, and dreams. Perfume has held a core place in our rituals, from those celebrated in ceremony to even the most intimate ones of our daily lives. From medicine to magic, botanical essences have been a part of our lives for centuries. Engaging with them is akin to time travel, where we can smell and experience the same aromas our ancestors did, straight from the earth. Enveloping ourselves daily with the life force of botanicals through perfumery is one of the great pleasures of life, and engaging in the art of creating perfume is a reward in its own rite.

 

These classes are taught by our Founder, Carole Addison-Goyne, who has been working with medicinal and aromatic plants for the past 29 years, from distilling essential oils and creating products to sharing the wonders of perfumery and aromatherapy in classes and seminars throughout the country (see below for more details about Carole).


BOTANICAL PERFUMERY CLASS

This class will cover the foundation and the art of natural perfumery, based on Mandy Aftel's key concepts. We will explore the rich history and the elusive mystery of botanical essences as we also indulge our senses in exquisite, otherworldly aromas. We will experience beautiful aromatic rituals 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.

 

Class Details

 

  • Location: Nomad Botanicals, 133 Copeland Street Suite D, Petaluma, California 94952
  • Treasures to Take Home: A 10 mL Perfume that you create in class, a workbook, and an Aftelier Natural Perfume Wheel ©

CLASSIC FRAGRANCE FAMILIES & ACCORDS

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.

 

Class Details

 

  • Location: Nomad Botanicals, 133 Copeland Street Suite D, Petaluma, California 94952
  • Treasures to Take Home: A 10 mL Perfume that you create in class, a workbook, and an Aftelier Natural Perfume Wheel ©

THE ART & SCIENCE OF FUNCTIONAL PERFUMES

Build a bridge between beauty and function as you discover both the enchanting and protective elements of essential oils and absolutes. We will cover aromatherapy principles that explain why essential oils heal and protect us, exploring their physical, mental, and emotional benefits, while also learning how to create formulas, including absolutes, that become perfumes with a purpose. After smelling and learning about the properties of over 20 essences (essential oils and absolutes), you will create a functional perfume. A treat for the senses. Protection from the elements.

 

Class Details:

 

  • Location: Nomad Botanicals, 133 Copeland Street Suite D, Petaluma, California 94952
  • Treasures to Take Home: A 10 mL Perfume that you create in class, a workbook, and an Aftelier Natural Perfume Wheel ©

ABOUT CAROLE

Our Nomad Botanicals Founder, Carole, has been in the botanical perfumery and aromatherapy field for more than 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 a Natural Perfumery Certification with Mandy Aftel and is honored to share Mandy's legendary natural perfume concepts with you!

Select images provided by The Museum of Craft & Design (from our event at San Francisco Botanical Gardens, hosted by MCD in May, 2022).


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