I've been holding on to a secret and finally able to share it with you. I got a preview of The Fragrance Engineers prior to their launch back in July. Boy was it hard to keep this secret as what I learned was so exciting. The Fragrance Engineers offer a new concept that fill the void for perfume lovers, niche perfumers and entrepreneurs. Here's a first look at The Fragrance Engineers.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Founder Ryan T. Chadwick to learn about his company.
Ryan is a perfumer and trainer, which makes it very easy to talk to him. His passion shows as he shares information about The Fragrance Engineers. The Fragrance Engineers inspiration is to guide niche perfumers along as they make their dreams into reality. They eliminate the headaches associated with the financing, sourcing and production process. Imagine having the A-Team on your side as you translate your perfect scent into your own brand and company.
The Fragrance Engineers team members, are seasoned professionals with combined work experience spanning over three decades. Their expertise in the perfumery world are sought after by clients across multiple consumer categories. Each team member is unique and offer his own style when it comes to designing. Below are some perfumes created by the Fragrance Engineers team members. I was able to try these perfumes and share my thoughts.
Bronze Goddess, Sensual and Allure, these are some of the fragrances from my perfume collection. In my twenties, my collection was dictated by what advertisers and marketers pushed as the"in" perfume. As I matured, I developed my own flair and preference; it got harder to shop for perfume. The perfect perfume for me didn't exist yet. I decided to learn how to make my own perfume. It couldn't hurt learning something new. Who knows maybe I'd be successful in creating my own signature perfume. I enrolled in PerfumersWorld online perfumery course and got the Perfumery Training Kit. Here's what I've learned thus far.
How Perfume is Made
The word perfume derived from the Latin words "per fumen", which means through the smoke. It's been used as personal adornment dating back as early as the Ancient Egyptians. Perfume was made from natural raw materials such as leaves, flowers, herbs and burning wood. Today, modern perfume is made from essential oils, synthetic chemicals and animal products. The process of making perfume is similar to music as the ingredients used are described as notes. All of the notes are blended together to create a masterpiece. The notes are described as the top, middle and base notes. The top or the head note is the scent smelled when freshly sprayed on your skin. The middle note or heart note, is the main body of the perfume. The heart and base note work together to bring depth to the perfume. "A perfume is a picture painted in smells and has notes and tones like music and art." Before we're able to create that masterpiece; we must first learn the foundation.
PerfumersWorld was founded by Stephen Dowthwaite, trained perfumer, cosmetic chemist and instructor. Stephen co-wrote the program The Perfumer's Workbook, which led to the first and perhaps only systematic method of odor and perfume description. With an accomplished career and thousands of perfumery and aromatherapy formulations under his belt; Stephen wanted to share his knowledge with a wider audience. Hence the birth of PerfumersWorld. PerfumersWorld is an all in one resource for the creative perfumer. PerfumersWorld provides seamless support for those looking to create their own perfume ranging from essential oils, training kits, workshops and education through their perfumery school.
There Are No Limits
Depending on how far you want to go; there are no limits. PerfumersWorld offers different learning structures for the creative perfumer. There's courses offered online for those who like to learn independently. There's also in class training and workshops if you like the in class environment. The workshops are intense as it touches upon everything you need to know about perfume creation, commercial perfumery, lifestyle and spa products, condensed in 2-3 days.
For those who are interested and curious, there's an option to try out the free 10 unit course. This course is perfect for me as you can go at your own pace. So, far I've enjoyed this course as it's easy to follow along. There's an abundance of information on perfume history, essential oils, aromatherapy information and safety information on handling the materials. I've been completing an average of one to two units at night after the kids are asleep. Once you've completed one unit, there's a review and practical exercise.
Hands on Learning
The practical exercise is very fun as it takes you through various stages of creating perfume. You can use the essential oils you have or you can start with the Perfumery Training Kit. The Perfumery Training Kit is based on PerfumersWorld copyrighted system known as the ABC's of Perfumery. It's kept simple so newbies can learn efficiently and still have fun in the process. Everything you need to get started is at your fingertips. The kit comes with 25 concentrated bases, formulation workbook, mixers, non- alcoholic solvent, droppers, stirrers, smelling strips, dropper tops and two perfume bottles for the final master pieces.