One of the cornerstones of The Raw Spa has always be aroma- from Day One, I have worked to create unique, botanical fragrances that are 100% original. The process is by far one of my favorite aspects of the work I do through The Raw Spa. In conversations, I've come to realize that the art of crafting botanical perfumes is one that seems so very esoteric.

I started the Introduction to Botanical Perfume Crafting Series to help demystify the basics of building and layering single scents, to achieve a true work of art. The online workshops are held on Zoom, once per season.

 

You can elect to take the full series, and meet all of the different aromas that are covered, or choose the workshops "a la carte". Workshops with no add ons are $45 and include two sessions, an "Introduction to Basics" lecture to discuss safety, history, and the basic science of smell; and the main aroma session, where you will focus on becoming acquainted with common scents, as well as how to blend them. An option additional third session will introduce you to more common applications for creating scented products using your new personalized scents! 

 

The Full Series, with no add ons, costs $170, and includes seven sessions: "Introductions to Basics", "Herbal Aromas", "Citrus Aromas", Floral Aromas", "Spice Aromas", "Forest Aromas", and "Pommade, Cologne & Perfume: Aromatic Creations".

 

In the "Introduction to Basics" session, you will build a basic groundwork for understanding what fragrance is, and how to use it responsibly. This will be a lecture format. I will be discussing:

  • history of fragrances
  • the difference between natural and synthetic fragrances
  • how different natural fragrance components are created
  • discuss the evolution of the fragrance industry
  • discuss IFRA and safety concerns

 

 

The "Herbal Aromas Workshop" is a hands-on session that will introduce you to five easy-to-access essential oils in the aromatic family: Armoise, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Sage. You'll begin building your own vocabulary to describe scent in a way that is personal to you. This is also where you will build your very first botanical creation!

 

**You have the option to acquire the supplies on your own, or purchase the Add-On Bundle, and have the Workshop supplies shipped directly to you!

 

 

 

The "Citrus Aromas Workshop" is a hands-on session that will introduce you to fice common citrus components: Bergamot, Cistus, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, and Sweet Orange. You'll continue to build on your vocabulary to describe scents, and will build your own citrusy fragrance! We'll also discuss considerations to keep in mind when working with citrus essential oils in fragrances.

**You have the option to acquire the supplies on your own, or purchase the Add-On Bundle, and have the Workshop supplies shipped directly to you!

 

 

 

 

The "Floral Aromas Workshop" is a hands-on session that will introduce you to six members of the floral family: Geranium, Jasmine Sambac, Nerolina, Roman Chamomile, Rose, and Ylang Ylang. In addition to increasing your scent vocabulary, you will learn how to "stretch" a more precious essential oil or absolute, with a less costly complementary component. You will also blend your own unique floral creation!

 

**You have the option to acquire the supplies on your own, or purchase the Add-On Bundle, and have the Workshop supplies shipped directly to you!

 

 

 

The "Spice Aroma Workshop" is a hands-on session that will introduce you to six spices: Allspice, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud, and Ginger. In this workshop, you will learn how to create "temperature" in your scent blends,  as well as create a spicy aroma that is uniquely you!

 

**You have the option to acquire the supplies on your own, or purchase the Add-On Bundle, and have the Workshop supplies shipped directly to you!

 

 

 

The "Forest Aromas Workshop" is a hands-on session that will introduce you to five foresty essential oils: Frankincense, Balsam Fir, Cedar Wood, Fir Needle, and White Pine Needle. In addition to discussing some interesting historical herbal notes on these essential oils, we'll also discuss ethics concerns with choosing these types of essential oils. You'll also create a woodsy creation!

 

**You have the option to acquire the supplies on your own, or purchase the Add-On Bundle, and have the Workshop supplies shipped directly to you!

 

 

 

The "Pommade, Cologne & Perfume: Aromatic Creations Workshop" is a hands-on session that will introduce you to methods of using your new botanical fragrance blends in a variety of ways. You'll get a chance to see how different preparations will affect how your blend smells, and how it sticks to the skin, as well as learn how to scale up your favorite perfume prototypes into larger-scale fragrance batches!

 

**You have the option to acquire the supplies on your own, or purchase the Add-On Bundle, and have the Workshop supplies shipped directly to you!

 

 

 

Introduction to Botanical Perfume Crafting - ONLINE WORKSHOP

$45.00Price
Course Options
Workshop Add-On Bundles
Workshop Date
  • The Add-On Bundles are designed to work specifically with each course, and take the burden of finding and sourcing supplies off of your shoulders! Whether you are signing up for the Full Series, or taking one of the A la Carte offerings, we'll make sure to get you the highest quality ingredients (in fact, the same ingredients that we use in our products!) to work with!

     

    Herbal Add On
    - 10 mL rosemary essential oil

    - 10 mL mint essential oil

    - 10 mL armoise essential oil

    - 10 mL lavender essential oil

    -10 mL sage essential oil

    - 5 labeled pipette droppers

    - 25 perfumers paper strips (for creating the blend)

     

    Citrus Add On

    - 10 mL bergamot essential oil

    - 10 mL lemongrass sessential oil

    - 10 mL orange essential oil

    - 10 mL grapefruit essential oil

    - 10 mL cistus essential oil

    - 5 labelled pipette droppers

    - 25 perfumers paper strips

     

    Floral Add-On

    - 10 mL geranium essential oil

    - 10 mL ylang ylang essential oil

    - 10 mL nerolina essential oil

    - 5 mL roman chamomile essential oil

    - 5 mL rose absolute

    - 5 mL jasmine sambac absolute

    - 6 labeleled pipette droppers

    - 30 perfumers paper strips

     

    Spice Add On

    - 10 mL black pepper essential oil

    - 10 mL cinnamon leaf ssential oil

    - 10 mL clove bud essential oil

    - 10 mL allspice essntial oil

    - 5 mL cardamom essential oil

    - 5 mL ginger essential oil

    - 6 labelled pipette droppers

    -30 perfumers paper strips

     

    Forest Add On

    - 10 mL frankincense essential oil

    - 10 mL cedar essential oil

    - 10 mL balsam fir essnetial oil

    - 10 mL fir essential oil

    - 10 mL pine essential oil

    - 5 labelled pipette droppers

    -25 perfumers paper strips

     

    Colognes, Pommades and Perfumes Add On

    - 4 oz. sunflower carrier oil

    - 2 oz. beeswax pastilles

    - 4 oz. perfumer's alcohol

    - 4 1 oz. metal tins (for pommades)

    -4 1/2 oz. glass role on bottles (for oil perfumes)

    -4 1 oz. glass aerosolizer bottles (for colognes)

     

    The Full Series Add On includes all above listed supplies, at a 5% discount.

     

  • Workshops are currently offered once per season, with the exception of "Introduction to Basics". The dates are as follows for 2020-2021


    WINTER 2020

    • Introduction to Basics - 
    • Herbal Aromas - December 4th (Friday), 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    • Citrus Aromas - December 18th (Friday), 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    • Floral Aromas - January 8th (Friday), 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    • Spice Aromas - January 24th (Friday), 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    • Forest Aromas - February 5th (Friday), 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    • Pommade, Colognes & Perfumes: Aromatic Creations - February 19th (Friday), 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

     

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