The Technique and Language of Perfumery

Experience a voyage into the world of perfumes, test your sense of smell, and review the whole fragrance process from concept to market product. Smell the key raw materials, understand the fragrance structure, and memorize the various olfaction families. Explore the sense of smell-physiology of olfaction; olfaction and emotions; the world of perfumery, from the perfumer's formula to manufacturing and distribution; the perfumer's palette: natural raw materials, molecules, specialties, and reconstitutions; the fragrance composition-profile, structure, perfume families, and technical and regulatory aspects; the language of perfumery-analytical and emotional; and the key role of words and spoken expression. 

This course is intended for marketing professionals in perfumery brands, fragrance houses, or perfumery distribution, and fragrance enthusiasts. Take this course first, it is a prerequisite to the Advanced Perfumery course and a mandatory part of the Advanced Perfumery Certificate. Choose to join the course in person at the Pratt Manhattan Center OR join online. 

PLEASE NOTE: Material costs vary based on class location. Students attending in person pay a $35 fee for shared materials. Students attending online must purchase an Olfactorium kit, $330 + shipping costs. If you choose to attend online, you must register at least 14 days in advance for the Olfactorium to be shipped in time from Paris. Express shipping option must be selected for registrations fewer than 14 days from the start of class. Students from Latin America must select Express Shipping option at ALL TIMES to guarantee reliable on-time delivery.  Please contact us directly at for any questions related to shipping costs. 

  • Standard shipping cost: $60 
  • Express shipping cost: $115

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