Cotswold Perfumery: Quality Perfume Making Courses with a Master Perfumer.

We have been making world-renown perfumes for over 50 years and this is our opportunity to share our expert knowledge and skills with you when you attend one of our very popular CPD accredited perfumery courses.

Our highly qualified chief perfumer John Stephen presents our courses so you couldn’t have a better tutor. John, the owner of the Cotswold Perfumery, has acquired an enviable reputation for creating high-end, bespoke fragrances for a portfolio of customers including Her Majesty the Queen.

Our perfume making courses and workshops run throughout the year in a dedicated teaching room/laboratory here at the Cotswold Perfumery in the beautiful village of Bourton-on-the-Water. As well as learning the skills involved in developing and making your own perfume (to take home with you), you’ll get a unique insight into the life and work of John, one of only six independent perfumers in the UK.

You can look on-line and you can listen on-line but you can’t breathe on-line

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It’s impossible to elicit the sensation of smell without an actual aroma being inhaled.  Face-to-face perfume making training is essential for clarity, engagement, and most of all – so that your nose can be involved! As past participants concur, our perfume making courses are enjoyable and effective and also a joyous escape from the Internet. What's more they take place in the beautiful Cotswolds.

To book your place on our perfume training workshops simply select your course option, check availability and register today. See you very soon. Your fragrance is in the air!

Covid-19 Precautions and Care

In order to do our very best to ensure that course attendees are safe when attending our courses we have reduced the maximum capacity of each course from ten to just three people. This will enable us to provide adequate distancing between each attendee during the course presentations and workshops. The smaller class sizes mean that the course presenters can dedicate more time to questions from individual attendees adding extra value and making the courses feel more bespoke.

We have also put additional measures into place regarding cleanliness and hygiene standards including frequent cleaning of objects and surfaces that are touched.

Finally, as a Thank You to NHS front line staff, we are donating over £15,000 worth of training, courses and accommodation - more...   

Level One Course

£245 £245 One Day Starter Perfume Making Course // CPD accredited
Held: Thursdays and Saturdays

Learn about the art and science of scent and make your own perfume - Suitable for absolute beginners or as a top-up refresher course.

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 public house in beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water.

Level Two Course

£995* £995 Three Day Advanced perfume Making Course // CPD Accredited
Held: Friday, Saturdays & Sundays

Advance your technique and become a perfumer

If you’ve completed our one-day Level 1 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 2 courses are open to graduates of our Level 1 course who want to expand your 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 cost of the course includes refreshments as well as lunch in a pretty riverside public house in beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water.

Marketing Your Perfume

£245 New! ONE-DAY COURSE: Marketing Your Perfume. Essential Steps. Suitable for perfumers, entrepreneurs and anyone launching a new perfume.
Held: Variable

NEW! One day specialist perfume marketing course

You’ve made a fabulous perfume - and now you’d like to market it.

A very exciting and essential part of making your own perfume is branding it, bottling it (in a good way) and taking it to market.

This one day course takes you through your options.

You will spend time discussing branding concepts, looking at different perfume bottles and packaging options, being introduced to essential website requirements knowledge, as well as exploring the benefits of using blogs and social media for marketing.

Attending this course can help you make the right marketing decisions and save you so much time in successfully marketing your perfume. It’s priceless!