The Institute for Art and Olfaction hosts private and semi-private group sessions for individuals looking to learn in a private setting, to launch a brand, or for small groups from museums, sales teams, university classes, social clubs, corporations, non-profits and more.
Our private or semi-private sessions are a chance to obtain one-on-one training with a range of professionals in topics geared to your specific needs.
OVERVIEW OF THE INDUSTRY (2 HOURS RECOMMENDED)
An overview of the international perfume industry, from artisan to independent to niche perfumery. This session will cover the perfume landscape, and give vital information on how to launch a brand, on a global or local scale.
BASICS OF PERFUMERY (3 HOURS RECOMMENDED)
A very first look at the basics of perfume-blending, covering raw materials, molecules, dilutions, use of a scale, and the basic strategies for perfume blending.
WORKING WITH NATURALS (3 HOURS RECOMMENDED)
An overview of working with naturals only, geared towards an artisan practice. This introductory session will cover the materials, sources, strategies for blending, and much more.
TECHNICAL BLENDING (HOURS VARIABLE)
A hands-on session (or series of sessions) teaching advanced strategies in technical blending. These sessions cover accord-building, materials, applications (fine fragrance, candles, and more), and will provide a highly-informative basis for your further perfume explorations.
Let us know what you need, and we’ll arrange a session for your needs!
Our private group workshops are flexible, informative, honest, and fun. We can comfortably host up to 16 people in our experimental perfume lab, and are happy to travel to you. Most often, these sessions include the following education modules:
MODULE I. UNDERSTANDING PERFUMERY: FROM MATERIALS TO PRACTICE
An overview of perfumery and perfume materials: From accords to synthetics to diluents. Topics covered include a basic history of perfumery, an explanation of the aromatic materials, and an overlook of the fine fragrance and functional fragrance industry (mainstream and niche). We also cover unconventional and emerging practices in scent, including art practices, scented storytelling, and retail and environmental scenting.
MODULE II. SMELLING SESSION + NOSE TRAINING
Smell the materials, learn about their provenance, learn about fragrance classification, and stretch our collective vocabulary and knowledge of scent. As a group, we discuss each aromatic component, and assess their impact and emotional associations for us as individuals.
MODULE III. CREATIVE PERFUMERY: INDIVIDUAL BLENDING SESSION
Each student has a chance to select five or six materials and create a formula according to their own brief. Each student then blends their own individual formula into a 3ml spray vial. The IAO curates a selection of between 12 – 24 scents that cover the major fragrance families (e.g. floral, ozonic, woody, animalic, etc), as well as a selection of newer aroma-molecules that are, for all intents and purposes, unclassifiable. Materials are adapted to the group’s particular needs.
What’s your group interested in? We can adjust materials selection and discussion to your needs.
All sessions start with a brief discussion about health and safety.
We can host up to 16 people at a time in our space, for three hour sessions. We also often visit external spaces, and can accommodate as many people as your space will hold.
To book a private group session, for more information about customizing the session to your needs, or for our cost and rates, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll get back to you in a jiffy.