Perfumery Courses

Cotswold Perfumery - Perfume Making Courses.

We’ve been making perfume for over 50 years, and we love sharing our expert knowledge and skills through our popular perfumery courses.

Our chief perfumer, Chartered Chemist and owner of the Cotswold Perfumery, John Stephen, has acquired an enviable reputation for creating high-end, bespoke fragrances, and a portfolio of customers that includes such high-profile individuals as Her Majesty the Queen.

Our regular perfume making courses and workshops are delivered by John himself, 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, you’ll get a unique insight into the life and work of one of only six independent perfumers in the UK.

To book your place on our perfume training workshops, you need a Cotswold Perfumery course voucher.

Level One Course

Held: Thursdays/Saturdays

Learn about scent and make your own perfume - Suitable for absolute beginners

Discover the science of smells, and learn to make your own perfume, on this one-day workshop that incorporates both the theoretical and practical aspects of fragrance creation.

Our one-day beginners’ course appeals to everyone from aspiring perfumers with commercial ambitions, to those curious to learn about the art of perfumery so they can create unique fragrance gifts for friends and family. 

Price includes drinks, light refreshments, and lunch in beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water.

Level Two Course

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, this is the course you need. 

You’ll be taught by the master – our chief perfumer himself – John Stephen, who will pass on his knowledge and explain the process involved in making commercially viable perfumes.

Level 2 courses are open to graduates of our Level 1 course who want to expand upon their knowledge and create custom perfumes as either a hobby or a business. You’ll learn how to create more complex fragrances, discover the professional requirements for perfume creation, and cover the legislation involved.

Price includes drinks, light refreshments, and lunch in beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water.

Spreadsheet Training

Held: Wednesdays

Learn about Spreadsheets and data - essential for the Level 2 Course

Our two-day advanced perfume training course uses Excel spreadsheets in several ways, providing templates you can use both during the workshops and in the future. The course is fairly intensive, and prior knowledge of spreadsheets is essential. 

If you need a refresher or basic Excel training, sign up for our beginners’ spreadsheet workshop, which takes place on the Thursday before our Level 2 courses. Bring your own laptop – with a recent copy of Excel – if you can. We can lend you a laptop if not.

This Excel beginners’ course runs from 10am until 5pm, and includes lunch.