The Perfumer's Artistry and Psychology of Scent

This curriculum is in two parts: 
Part I - Gain an intimate view of the perfumer, a creative artist that is also a trained chemist and who has the unique ability to combine fragrance ingredients to create extraordinary, iconic fragrances. Often considered the unsung heroes of the fragrance world, the perfumer is a provocative and inspiring creative genius. Explore the famous perfumers of history, the couture houses and present-day innovators, and their celebrated fragrance creations. Understand the training and apprenticeship each perfumer must follow to pursue a career in fine fragrance. Learn from senior perfumers from the major global fragrance houses, who will join the class for lectures and conversations with students about their approach to fragrance development, the ingredients that inspire them, and their unique olfactive styles. Experience the process of fragrance creation and emerging new ingredient technologies, consumer trends and perfumer styles. 

Part 2 - Explore the unique and researched ways that fragrance can be used as a tool to navigate life from a psychological point of view, how fragrance helps all of us navigate the difficulties that life presents, how it is an emotional connector. The course will include lecturers who are experts in scent psychology, sociology, fragrance research and clinical mental health issues. We will explore how scent is currently being used in modern science to help reduce symptoms of depression, mental illness, autism and Alzheimer's disease. We will explore the ancient uses of fragrance ingredients to bring peace of mind, spiritual connection and communion with nature. We will discuss how olfaction, the sense of smell, connects directly with the Pineal gland in the brain, how fragrance bypasses cognition and goes right to emotional centers. We will discuss the concept of "Olfactive Memory" and how powerful scent memories can last a lifetime with vivid connections of loved ones, places we adore and iconic events of our lives.

Materials include: an optional olfactorium (a kit of fragrance vials).

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