Following on from my post last month, I’m now able to confirm dates and location for the workshops.
There are two workshops Introductory and Advanced – there are still places on the Introductory but only one place left on the Advanced:
On Saturday 7th February I’ll be holding a repeat of the workshop last held in May 2014, which takes you from an introduction to the materials right through to making a bottle of your own perfume that you’ve designed yourself in the course of the day. This workshop is suitable for people who have never made perfumes of any kind before but as there is a lot of practical work and individual tuition it is also suitable for those with some prior blending experience. Arrival from 10am, starting promptly at 10.30 and concluding at 5.30.
The price is £155 per person, which includes light refreshments on arrival, mid-morning and mid-afternoon, lunch, six hours of tuition and practice, all the materials you need, a bottle of your own fragrance to take home, full documentation and a nice folder to keep all your formulas and notes in.
All the catering will be provided by the hotel (see below), which also offers free wifi in case you feel the need to check your email or send a tweet in the breaks.
On Sunday 8th February I’ll be holding an Advanced Workshop for those who have done a prior workshop or who otherwise already know all the essential techniques of blending and are familiar with the most common materials. The price for the advanced workshop is £175 per person and in this one we’ll be doing two things:
In the first half we will look at a particular group of materials used in perfumery with a view to understanding them better. Delegates will be able to vote their choice from:
- Musks – an exploration of musk ingredients, the differences between them in olfactory terms and how to use each to best effect.
- Ambers – an exploration of amber / ambergris ingredients, the differences between them in both olfactory terms and usage.
- Something else suggested by a delegate as long as I know about it in time to prepare materials and gain agreement from the rest of the group.
- Fixatives – an exploration of non-musk fixative ingredients, the differences between them in both olfactory terms and usage.
In the second half everyone will have the opportunity to either bring a blend they are working on that they’d like help improving, continue work on something started in the prior workshop or create something new. I will be on hand to provide guidance throughout and, as the maximum number of people for this workshop is smaller, I’ll be able to spend more time with each person. The full range of materials examined in the morning session will be available for you to practice within the afternoon.
As before you get to make up a bottle of your creation to keep, but with this one you can choose a 30ml bottle from the Pell Wall range to take home as well.
The location for both workshops is the St James’ Court Hotel on Buckingham Gate, which as they say in their literature, is a gemstone’s throw from Buckingham Palace.
Nearest tubes are St James’s Park (2 mins walk), Victoria (8mins walk) and Green Park (12 mins walk through the park and past the palace).
If you want to book both workshops you can still do so but the discounted rate is now sold out – sorry!