Shopping: Check It Out - Les Senteurs perfumery course
Saturday 21 November 1998
Glamorous, extravagant and sexy, a signature scent is something that many people would like to sniff out for themselves but, for most of us, the reality of such a search involves a relatively cheap bottle of designer smelly stuff, worn religiously for six months and then shoved to the back of a dark bathroom cabinet as you grow tired - and slightly queasy - of it.
For some, however, the search for a signature scent is the start of a deeper passion for perfume and a desire to know more than whether you merely like or dislike a particular scent. And the first of a new series of three-day perfumery courses, run by specialist perfumers Les Senteurs, is starting in December for just this type of person - someone who wants to begin the process of finding out more about perfume, but who doesn't want to commit to a full-time degree course.
An Introduction to and Appreciation of the Art of Perfumery - for which you need to book now - has been designed for both the interested novice and the dedicated enthusiast but, as Karen Hawksley of Les Senteurs explains: "The focus will be on fine rather than fashion fragrances," giving participants plenty of opportunity to experiment.
Directed by David Williams, Associate Member of the British Society of Perfumers, the course will offer two introductory days explaining the basics and teaching an understanding of the established perfume classifications (fresh, floral, Oriental etc), perfume formulae, and methods of balance and harmony involved in perfume production.
Participants will learn how to make fragrance sketches and understand perfume creation through highlighting the differences between feminine and masculine fragrances - with reference to examples from the various perfumes at Les Senteurs. The idea is that the participant comes away with the necessary olfactory basics to start experimenting for themselves with perfume creation on the third day.
This is when the fun really starts. The final day involves producing your own fragrance, using the skills learnt over the previous two days, and culminating in a group assessment and the selection of an overall winning scent. Although the emphasis is on fun, all participants will be presented with a Les Senteurs Specialist Perfumery Certificate of Completion. But, would-be perfumers be warned. As Hawksley cautions: "The course will not turn a person into a perfumer in three days, but it will give them an understanding of the factors involved and allow them to begin the process of finding out more."
Each course (the first runs between 17 and 19 December; the second between 22 and 24 February; and the third between 29 and 31 March, with others being lined up to follow) will take place at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1 from 9.30am (10am on the second two days) to 5pm. The pounds 450 course fee includes all the necessary materials and stationery as well as morning coffee, afternoon tea and a two-course lunch on all three days. To book a place, contact Les Senteurs at 227 Ebury Street, London (0171-730 2322)
Life & Style blogs
Childcare 'not just a women's issue,' says shadow minister as she sets out her 'dadifesto'
Who is Teresa Fidalgo? Debunking the fake ghost story that's got Instagram spooked
The 10 Best juicers
Grim second life of the 'breastaurant': The oft-loathed sector is booming in the States thanks to Hooters, Twin Peaks and Tilted Kilt
The 10 Best food processors
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
- 5 UK weather: 'Coldest night of the year' tonight as freezing temperatures plummet to -10C
£32000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Business Manager is required ...
£45000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Panel Wireman required for small electro...
£25000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An SME based in East Cheshire, ...