Fragrance Design Classes

 

I teach both introductory and advanced classes at my home in the Mission District. Class sizes range from one-on-one to up to eight students.

 
Introductory Classes in
Natural Perfuming

During my introductory class, I will guide you through the process of designing a custom fragrance. You’ll learn about the structure of perfume and formula development as well as the importance of essential oil safety and sustainable sourcing when choosing natural materials.

You’ll be introduced to a palette of over 35 essential oils, absolutes, and natural isolates, including a few rare ingredients I have personally sourced from the Amazon rainforest.

No previous experience with fragrance design is necessary.

 

 
Advanced Classes

Please join me for my latest offering: advanced classes in perfuming. These classes are meant for students who have already taken my introductory class and wish to further their exploration of the craft.

During our time together, you'll deepen your understanding of fragrance design and gain access to new materials including isolates and synthetics. You’ll learn how to measure ingredients using a scale and how to work on multiple blends at a time. You can choose to make a new fragrance or rework the one you made during our introductory class. It's up to you! You’ll take home one 15 ml bottle of your fragrance.

To book an advanced class, please use the scheduler on the right.

Private Classes

Email me at heather@cartafragrances.com if you would like to set up a private class for your friends or colleagues.

 
Advanced Perfuming Classes:
 

Reviews

 

“Heather is very well organized and systematic in her approach to perfuming, but there is still this great aspect of creativity involved, which makes it all so rewarding. You learn a great deal, the time is very well used, the location is great and the space is very clean, well designed and comforting. I got a good overview of some of the science of scents, which was awesome, but then you get to dive into creating your own scent with expert guidance. It really is quite a privilege - I know I would have no other way to have access to so many great scents to play with AND very clear guidance. And, no joke, I have been stopped by someone to say how good I smell every day since I created my perfume in the class. It is a cool, unique experience. Highly recommended.”

- D. Aung

“If I could give this experience 10 stars, I would. I didn’t really have any expectations coming in. If anything, I just expected to throw a bunch of different scents into a bottle and call it a day. Instead, I got an incredible, in-depth lesson about the art of perfume making from Heather. She not only gave us background information on some of the materials we were using, but she also led the class in a strategic way that allowed us to understand what we were doing without feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of scent options. I had such an incredible time, and I loved the final product I ended up with. I was really hesitant going in about whether or not I would actually be able to create something I’d like, but Heather really guides you in a patient, strategic, and helpful way. You leave with your own ADORABLE bottle of perfume and even a little book of perfume-making tips that Heather made herself. I definitely plan to come back with friends. Thank you, Heather!”

- M. Ha

“I absolutely loved spending a few hours learning about perfume and making an incredibly unique fragrance for myself! Heather was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful and this experience is well thought out and organized. This was recommended to me by a friend and I can absolutely see why, every one of us who attended had a great time and left with something very personal. I’m writing this the day after the experience in a bit of euphoria enjoying my new scent! Thank you Heather, everything was perfect!”

- A. Goodman

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