Perfumery Courses

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.

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Level One Course

£245 1 day course
Held: Fridays/Saturdays

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

Spend a day with us at The Cotswold Perfumery, we'll teach you the science of smells, offer you drinks and nibbles, take you out for lunch and then give you hands on experience making your own perfume.

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.

Level Two Course

£695 2 day course
Held: Saturdays & Sundays

Advance your technique and become a Perfumer

If you have completed the Level One course and wish to develop your skills further to make perfume for others or set up your own business in perfumery, this is the course you need. Our Perfumer John Stephen will pass on his knowledge and navigate you through how to make commercially viable perfumes.

Level 2 courses are open to Level 1 “Graduates” who want to expand upon their knowledge and create custom perfumes as a hobby or commercially. The course takes participants through the creation of more complex fragrances, whilst the theory focuses on teaching the professional requirements for perfume creation; including the legislation side.

Spreadsheet Training

£135 1 short day course
Held: Thursdays

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

The Level Two course uses Excel Spreadsheets in several ways and participants will find the templates provided to be invaluable in the future too. The course is fairly intensive and so a prior knowledge of spreadsheets is essential. Spreadsheets are not used on Level One Courses.

For those who may be new to spreadsheets or just feel they need some brushing up on the subject, spreadsheet training is offered on the Thursday preceding a Level Two Course. Laptops can be provided, but you if you have your own - with a reasonably recent copy of Excel - that is recommended, as you will be more familiar with its use.

The course assumes no previous knowledge, runs from 10am until 4.30pm and lunch is provided.