How I'm Learning to Make Perfume and You Can Too



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. 


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.  


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What You Should Know About Microblading

As a mother of two young boys, my makeup routine is fast and simple in the mornings. I leave with my moisturizer, sunscreen and my brows filled in.  I've tried using shadows, liners and gels to fill in my brows but by the end of the day my brows are faded and smeared.   I've had several friends try eyebrow tattooing as a solution to this problem.   I've never been one to consider eyebrow tattoos, until now with the latest method called microblading.  I spoke to Denise Elias Wu, owner of Browistry, San Francisco to learn more about Microblading. 


Microblading is a Semi-Permanent Method of Tattooing



It is often referred to as eyebrow embroidery and microstroking.  Feather like strokes are drawn onto the brows with a hand tool instead of machine.  The pigments are deposited into the upper layer of the dermis, making it shallower than traditional permanent makeup technique.  The results are more natural looking, hair like strokes that complement the existing hair. This method is ideal for those who are looking to change up their eyebrow shape, make their brows fuller or for those who are suffering from hair loss conditions such as alopecia.  But, there are contraindications:  skin disease, epilepsy, heart disease, severe eczema, someone who scars easily, pregnant and breast feeding.



What to Expect During the Consultation


It is important to do your homework and find an Artist who fits your style.  Microblading is a work of art which requires precision and lots of practice.   While there are many Artists out there, it is wise to select a certified Artist with professional references and samples of their work.   Denise Elias Wu utilizes her consultations as an opportunity to answer questions.   The consultation takes 30 minutes, during this time she discusses color and brow style. A photo is taken as reference for the future procedure.  For safety purposes, she also conducts a patch test.



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