Perfumery Courses - Introduction

We have been making perfume for over 50 years and are passionate about passing on our knowledge through our popular perfumery courses.

Chief perfumer, Chartered Chemist and owner of Cotswold Perfumery, John Stephen has acquired an enviable reputation for creating high-end, bespoke fragrances. This reputation has led to an impressive customer portfolio, including a number of high profile individuals including Her Majesty the Queen! John’s success led to his desire to share his gift and knowledge with others through regular perfume courses.

All courses are delivered by John at the Cotswold Perfumery in the beautiful village of Bourton-on-the-Water, The Cotswolds. We are privileged to be one of only six independent perfumers in the UK.

Our courses offer a unique insight into the life and work of an independent perfumer and the delicate balance of Art and Chemistry in the perfume making process.

What courses we offer

Level One Perfumery Course

Level Two Perfumery Course

Spreadsheet Training

Lab Days

Private Courses

Corporate Training

What to expect from our perfume courses

Our perfume courses bring together a whole range of people; from aspiring perfumers who have commercial aspirations, to hobbyists interested in finding out more about the art of perfumery and wanting to create unique gifts for friends and family. Our courses incorporate both the theoretical and practical aspects of perfume creation.

The Fine Print

Location: All courses are held at the perfumery: The Cotswold Perfumery, Victoria Street, Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire GL54 2BU.

Availability: Courses are held at various times throughout the year. Check dates, times and availability.

Duration: Level One is a one day course. Level Two is two days. Arriving at 9am and departing at 5pm.

Restrictions:  Minimum age 14. No wheelchair access. May not be suitable for certain allergy sufferers. If in doubt, please consult your GP before booking. 

Qualifications:   None required, but Level Two participants must have completed the Level One course.

Group size:  Traditionally, 10 participants for Level One and 7 for Level Two. Private courses are also available - please drop us line with the details of your group size, preferred date and any special requirements.

Validity:   A voucher for a one-day course must be used within 12 months of purchase if purchased by credit/debit card (due to rules imposed upon us by our service providers). Up to that date, the voucher is fully transferable and fully refundable to the purchaser. For expiry dates of up to two years ahead, please contact us for alternative ways to pay.

Booking: Firstly purchase a Voucher for the course you want (please note that Level Two can only be taken after completion of Level One). Check the course availability and use your Voucher number to book the date you want. You can book by telephone if you prefer. Package Deals need to be discussed by phone or email to ensure accommodation is available.

Included in the Level One and Two courses: 

  • Course
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunch
  • 25ml bottle of your own fragrance
  • 100ml bottle of any Cologne from the ladies standard range (excluding Pallas) or 100ml After Shave.
  • A Certificate of completion of the course.