Saturday 24 June | Dilston Physic Garden | 10am - 4pm
Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary, Thyme, Rose, Jasmine, Orange and Clove are familiar plants and fragrances to many. Modern day perfumery can look back into history and trace its origins from humble beginnings a simple burning of resin incense, the strewing of herbs, a splash of floral water or the waft of a pomander ball.
Plants have been used in many forms since antiquity: to fragrance the air, combat ‘mal-odours’, to anoint, cleanse, beautify and to stir the senses.
Come and discover the origins of perfumery and the remarkable role of aromatic plants in this immersive one-day workshop.
Enjoy a hands-on, interactive day embracing the theory and creative art of botanical perfumery, you will:
• Discover the origins and history of perfume from Cleopatra to Chanel
• Understand perfume vocabulary – the art of smelling and training the nose
• Perfume structure – Top, Middle, Base notes
• Fragrance classifications • Secrets of blending & dilutions
• Safety and storage
Drawing inspiration from the surrounding beauty of Dilston Physic Gardens (Corbridge, Northumberland) and a palette of pure grade essential oils and absolutes, you will learn about key ingredients in perfume creation and how to combine them. With lots of sampling and discussion, you will be guided on basic perfumery composition and blending to create your own alcohol- based natural perfume spray.