Series: Open Sessions – The Institute for Art and Olfaction

Come experiment with making perfume at The Institute for Art and Olfaction’s weekly public open sessions. You must reserve your spot in advance.

You can find upcoming sessions and links to ticketing on our calendar page.


In our informal weekly open sessions, you will learn, socialize and relax while you tinker with perfumery materials.

We have a growing selection of natural and synthetic aromamolecules, perfumer’s alcohol, beakers and droppers, scent strips and bottles… Everything you’d need to start or develop your experiments with making scents.

Please note that this is a knowledge-share environment, not a formal class. What you learn, you will learn by experimentation and your peers.



Intro Session: $40.00

This includes the use of our labware, glassware, pipettes, mouillettes, and your choice of five 1 dram vials of aromamolecules to work with. You can buy extra materials on site, at the prices below.

Returning Students: $8.50 + A la carte

Returning students simply pay a lab fee, and for any materials they use. You can purchase as many – or as few – as you desire, and of course can also bring materials from home. The materials costs are below.

Materials Costs:

Lab fee: $8.50 (returning students only)**
1 dram vial: $5.00
2 dram vial: $8.00

** Lab fee covers use of beakers, pipettes, mouillettes, and one 2-dram vial for the final formula.

We accept cash, paypal or credit cards. If paying by cash, bring small bills.

Please note that whether or not you have attended before, you must reserve your space in advance. If you just show up without reserving a spot, there is no guarantee we will be able to accommodate you. Maximum capacity is 10 people, all levels are welcome, but our open sessions are 18 and up (or 14+, with adult supervision).


Organ_OpenSessions_250pxHOURS + LOCATION

5:30pm -8:30pm on Wednesdays

Review our calendar for upcoming sessions.

We hold these sessions at the IAO headquarters in Koreatown, Los Angeles.

The street address is:
3023 West 6th St
L.A. CA. 90020

Visit our directions page for access information + parking.



Our open sessions are fulfilling our mission to create public access to materials and learning around perfumery. We invite the public to come in and experiment with scent in these lightly guided open sessions in our functional perfumery laboratory.

What to expect: Upon first arrival, there is a brief lab orientation and safety session. Once that’s done, we invite you to spend some time smelling what we have. When you’ve decided which scents you’d like to work with, we’ll make your vials and set you up at a work station with your materials. You can take the vials home, of course, as well as anything you make during your session.


Series: Open Sessions