This 1 day Natural Perfumery masterclass takes place at Karen's studio in the village of Breamore (7 miles south of the medieval cathedral city of Salisbury)  The studio is 20 minute taxi ride from Salisibury station which has regular trains to and from London and a journey time of just 1 hr 40 mins (please check individual routes) - although we would recommend staying in the gorgeous countryside nearby.


The day will start with learning how to smell properly and training your nose like a professional. This is a really important step before you start creating. I will demystify fragrance families for you and reveal how a fragrance is blended with top middle and base notes.

You will learn how to create accords with a palette of natural materials including precious oils of Rose, Jasmine and Neroli and then blend them into a finished fragrance (or 2) which you will take away with you.

Come along with lots of imagination and a refreshed nose as you will be smelling and blending lots!

This class has been attended by men and women from all walks of life from fashion designers to neuroscientists and accountants to beauty business owners. All levels are welcome especially those with no prior fragrance experience – this is a beginners level class but very in depth.

This class is ideal if you have already or are planning to start a business in the perfumery or natural beauty field.

You will also take away a set of comprehensive handouts and resources to buy materials should you want to take things further. Although we will be working with naturals only on the day I will talk a bit about the role of synthetic materials and have some on hand to smell if you wish – so feel free to bring your questions along.


  • The sense of smell and how it works - Learning to describe scent
  • The beginners guide to training your nose - Lots of materials to smell!
  • Fragrance Classification - Smelling and identifying different fragrance families
  • Top, Middle and base notes - why they are important
  • Creating Accords - The key building blocks of fragrance
  • Creating a finished fragrance - Leave with a bottle of your own natural perfume

This class is available to book privately by arrangement for individuals or groups

Please contact me via the form HERE

"I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for such an inspirational day on Saturday. I found it absolutely brilliant and it really helped me to clarify my ideas. It is definitely the area I want to blend my business into and so I am really excited to have made that decision now and can move forward with it"


Many people buy the one day natural perfumery class as an original gift (instead of a bottle of perfume) for a loved one or as a treat for themselves.

All my classes are very in depth with lots of industry insider tips as well as lots and lots of hands on practical experience. Many students who have done classes with other teachers and are still stuck find that even after the 1 day class it all makes sense and falls into place.  I tend to tailor each day to the experience level of the group so each class is a unique experience.

The group size is capped to a maximum of 12 people ensuring everyone gets individual help and attention.

Below are snippets of a few of the lovely emails I've had from past students

Thank you SO much for the perfume workshop last Saturday! You are amazing! So knowledgeable and generous and such a wonderful lovely teacher all round! I had a great day and learn lots! Thank you for answering all my questions and especially info on the wild rose absolute!


I just wanted to thank you for the workshop on Saturday. I feel I got a brilliant insight into the world of perfumery and am now left wanting to learn more...!


A short note to say how much I enjoyed Saturday's class and appreciated your immense energy and generosity in giving us oodles of valuable, fascinating info and insights into the world of perfumery.


I just want to say thank you very much for the very inspiring class on Saturday! I loved it so much and I was very sad when it ended....
It was so lovely to see you too. You are such an amazing teacher!!


I would just like to tell you how much I enjoyed last Saturday’s Perfume Workshop. It was very interesting to hear more background information about the vast world of fragrance. Also, I realized I made several beginners’ mistakes (which I read about before, but still….), like when you have a particular brief, knowing which ingredients to use to accomplish making the fragrance you intended to make, and not something totally different… Practice practice…. It will be fun to explore the fragrance families and to recognize the differences and possibilities. Thank you for an interesting and inspirational day! It opened a whole new world of looking forward to learning so much more.


I would just like to thank you for a wonderful day on Saturday.  I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish... and all smells in between! I will be recommending this to friends as I know they would enjoy it too, the venue, the other attendees your delivery and the content were all fabulous. Lastly I have to say that I love having my own personally created fragrance - and this is definitely something that I shall look into in more detail so thanks very much for the resource info. Once again thanks for an enjoyable and enriching day


About me

Hi I'm Karen Gilbert
I love sharing what I know and have the unique background of having worked both inside the fragrance industry as well as inside the natural skincare industry since 1990. I have developed and delivered training for companies as well as my own students and built 2 profitable business both on and offline. I have no affiliation with any company and I will always be 100% transparent and truthful – no fluff guaranteed! Over the years I've trained a huge variety of people from all walks of life in fragrance creation. From buyers for huge brands, fragrance professionals, retail staff, bloggers, journalists, small business owners, aromatherapists, herbalists, fashion designers, artists, accountants and the odd neuroscientist - most were complete newbies to perfumery.

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