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.

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!

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 workshop covering 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 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.

The cost includes refreshments as well as lunch in a pretty riverside public house 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.