The art of perfumery involves extracting and mixing oils and fluids from various natural elements to create the fragrances in perfume. While it may appear to be a simple task, on the contrary, the art of perfume making requires some knowledge of science, chemicals and measurement. This is particularly so for those who wish to pursue a career in the fragrance industry. Whether you are interested in perfumery as a hobby, or as a career, there are numerous in-class or distance learning perfumery schools that can get you started.

Perfumers World Perfumery School

Mixing oils and extracts are part of the curriculum.
Mixing oils and extracts are part of the curriculum.

Perfumers World is a Thailand perfumery that offers a comprehensive online distance learning course in flavor and fragrance. Whether you choose to enroll in classes or not, the company offers a free perfumery workbook that acts as a formula writing program for professional perfume makers and trainees. There are four programs for students who wish to enroll in online training classes that include a free foundation course, foundation course with perfumery training kit, a senior course with 10 individual pay-as-you-go units, a professional course and the master class and workshops.

Perfumers World Ltd. 120/1-2 NgamWongWan Road, Nonthaburi, Thailand 11000 perfumersworld.com

Givaudan Perfumery School

Flowers are often used to manufacture fragrances.
Flowers are often used to manufacture fragrances.

Givaudan Perfumery School in Argenteuil, France is the first perfume manufacturing company in the world to create its own perfumery school and has produced some of the world's leading fragrance artists. There is no tuition fee for entrance to the school and only five applicants per 18 months are accepted by invitation only into the program. If accepted, students commit to a three-year apprenticeship to become a junior perfumer and work with industry professionals to create new fragrances for some of the leading perfume manufacturers in the world.

Givaudan Perfumery School givaudan.com

Anya's Garden Perfumes

Fruit oils may be extracted for perfume manufacturing.
Fruit oils may be extracted for perfume manufacturing.

Anya's Garden Perfumes is owned and operated by Anya McCoy, who is also the president of the Natural Perfumers Guild. Since 2007 she has offered an online distance learning course in perfume making to students all over the world. The basic natural perfumery course is a comprehensive entry-level program that focuses on creating a solid foundation for advanced perfumery training. Students can enroll, study, practice and complete the course at their own pace and convenience. Educational resources associated with the basic perfumery course include, but are not limited, to perfumery articles, textbooks, online study modules, student web-chat, recorded lectures and student/instructor interaction

Anya's Garden Perfumes perfumeclasses.com

International Flavors & Fragrances

Become a perfumer in as little as three years.
Become a perfumer in as little as three years.

International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of perfumes, flavors and fragrances. The company provides perfumery training for individuals who are interested in careers as perfumers and fragrance development managers. The 14-month perfumery course is offered only to IFF members and employees, however, you may register as an IFF member at any of their sales offices, creative centers or fragrance manufacturing facilities worldwide.

International Flavors & Fragrances 521 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019 212-765-5500 iff.com