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Perfumery Lessons

Pacific Time Zone (same as Los Angeles)

2 hours on Saturdays: 10am 12 noon

2 hours on Sundays: 10am 12 noon

$450 Canadian for 10 lessons - 5 weekends Total

*All lessons are recorded, if you miss one, you can watch it later*

A perfume formula that smells similar to "Prada L'Homme Intense." This is a lesson in blending soft woods & orris materials.

Necissary Materials: Iso E Super, Habanolide, Helvetolide, Bergamot, Ethyl Linalool, Beta Ionone, Citronellol, Cedarwood Virginia, Coumarin, Alpha Ionone, Ethyl Vanillin, Polysantol, Orris Givco, Phenethyl Alcohol and Methyl Anthranilate.

"Aventus type," lesson

First of all, this is not an "Aventus clone." This fresh, fruity woody mens perfume is in the same genre, the same category and family of perfumes, but it is NOT a replica. Secondly, I despise clones. Making clones is a dirty business. It lacks creativity and inspiration. Making clones lacks originality and it is plain wrong.

Let me say this. Perfumery is a VERY misunderstood art form. In fact, it is hardly understood by anyone at all! Let me also say this, perfumers learn their craft in the exact same manner as all other artists do. Example: Young painters go to museums across Europe to sketch, to copy to learn from the Great Masters. They do this to learn how to handle their paints, they do this to learn to build shadows, to combine colours effectively, to learn to layer their paints. They imagine the hand of the artist going over the canvass. Young painters do these exercises - to try to get into the MINDS of their hero's. Novelists read, examine and study - IN GREAT DETAIL - the plays of Shakespeare. This not looked down upon in any way. Young blooming mathematicians, they study equations and practice formulas from text books. Artists, engineers and scientists of all types STUDY the WORKS, the scripts, the formulas - of those who went before them - to hone their craft. ***So too is it with perfumery.****There is nothing "special," nothing mysterious, nothing different or exceptional about the art of perfumery, The practice of examining formulas, of learning how materials combine with each other, this is how perfumers have learned their craft for more than 200 years. This is a short perfume formula lesson on combining transparent woods, with musks, citrus and fruity materials. It is not a replica of "Aventus," it is an exercise (one of several thousands exercises I have gone through) to learn to use modern materials, to create a modern "masculine," fresh type woody perfume.


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Study perfumery by recreating formulas that are similar to these classics! Chanel No 5 and Chanel Bois De Iles. Guerlain's Jicky, L'huere Blue and Shalimar. White Shoulders and so many more vintage perfumes!

Study perfumery by recreating formulas very similar to these modern masterpieces! Creed's Aventus, Bacharrat Rouge by MFK, Twilly and Terre de Hermes... and many others!


Vancouver, Los Angeles, Pacific Time

  • Saturday 10am to 12:00 noon

  • Sundays 10am to 12:00 noon

  • 4 hours each week

  • 5 weeks total time

  • All lessons are recorded, so if you miss a class you can always watch it later!


$450 (Canadian) for 10 lessons, 2 hours each

*lessons are taken consecutively.

Lessons are recorded.

So if you miss a lesson you can always go back and watch if from a private youtube link.

$500 (Canadian) for materials and tools

*you can use your own if have them, no need to purchase.

Total startup costs is about $950 Canadian ($730 USD)


What Exactly Will You Learn?

  • We usually make 2 formulas and / or 2 classic accords each week

  • We study a variety of individual materials over the course of a week.

  • There is something valuable to be learned at each lesson.

We will analyze and recreate the following popular perfume formulas

  • They are not copies, but they are similar. This is how pefumers learn. We learn by studying various accords, and by trying to recreate formulas, by memorzing our materials and comming up with our own unique ideas.

  • A pefume formula that smells similar to Chanel No 5

  • A pefume formula that smells similar to Chanel Bois De Iles

  • A pefume formula that smells similar to Guerlain Jicky

  • A pefume formula that smells similar to Guerlain L'huere Blue

  • A pefume formula that smells similar to Guerlain Shalimar

  • A pefume formula that smells similar to White Shoulders

  • A pefume formula that smells similar to Creed's Aventus

  • A pefume formula that smells similar to Bacharrat Rouge by MFK

  • A pefume formula that smells similar to Twilly by Hermes

  • A pefume formula that smells similar to Terre de Hermes

We will make the following perfume accords

  • Gojsman accord

  • mellis accord

  • various amber accords

  • Russian leather accord

  • insence accords

  • mousse de saxe

  • cold minty top accord

  • tobacco accord and so many more!

  • We will make the following basic perfume formulas

  • the classic chypre

  • classic fougeres with coumarin

  • fresh colognes

  • French floral perfumes with aldehydes

  • many many other classic style "templates," of pefumes

  • You will learn how to properly smell or "listen," to and write about individual perfume materials

  • You will learn how to compare your observations about individual materials with the observations of other people. The internet and books is your friend!

  • You will learn how to classify perfume materials into proper groupings

  • You will learn how to write about, take notes and memorize hundreds of perfume materials

  • I wil show you where to purchase quality natural and synthetic perfume materials from North American, European and Asian vendors

  • I will recommend the best perfumery books to study from

  • I will share helpful perfume making websites and internet forums with you

Matt's Style of Teaching

  • You can join in and stop at anytime.

There is something valuable to be learned with each lesson!

  • My style of teaching is very informal and I don't believe in perfection

  • I believe anyone can make beautiful perfumes

  • There is no one, "perfect," method of becoming a perfumer. You must however study individual materials daily!

  • My style of teaching is meant to cultivate a "can do," attitude in my students.

  • As a teacher, my goal is to get my studemnts to be curious people.

To be creative and follow their instincts.

  • I don't believe in encourage risk and follow their insticts

  • I teach my students how to use the internet, the library and become researchers,

readers and students of perfume history and perfume materials