NYC Natural Perfume Part 1 with Julianne Zaleta - Feb. 21


Natural perfumes are gaining in popularity! Whether you want to learn to make natural perfumes for yourself or add it to your product lineup, make sure you sign up early because this class is expected to sell out.

Your instructor is Julianne Zaleta, a natural perfumer, aromatherapist and herbalist who has trained with Michael Scholes and Jeanne Rose. Owner and sole proprietor of her own company, Herbal Alchemy Apothecary, Julianne creates aromatic and therapeutic remedies and elixirs for a wide variety of ailments. As a perfumer she has trained with Mandy Aftel to create a line of all natural perfumes. Recently she has turned her attention to artisanal cocktails, which makes her work life quite enjoyable, as you can imagine.

Smell is the most neglected of our senses yet it has an instantaneous power to penetrate our consciousness, invoking memories and emotion. Odors are ethereal and elusive yet can strongly attract or repel.

As a concerned consumer, you are choosing organic food, seeking out sustainable products and opting for eco-friendly packaging. But what about the fragrance you wear? That signature scent is likely composed of synthetic materials (as most commercial fragrances are), mass-produced, packaged and shipped around the world in the millions of units. Natural perfumery is a much different process that uses only essential oils and precious absolutes that are extracted from plants.

Like fine wine, subtle differences can be found from the same plant from year to year depending on soil conditions and climate meaning that it is not an exact science but a creative alchemical process. In this sensory workshop we will examine the artisanal art of natural perfumery.

Students will gain a basic understanding of the sense of smell, the history of perfume, the advent of synthetic ingredients and the return to naturals.

Perfume ingredients and formulation will be explored and each participant will leave with two bottles of their own bespoke perfume.

No prior knowledge of perfume making is required. Students should bring a notebook to class, all other materials will be provided.

A materials fee of $60 for your two perfumes (essential oils, perfume ingredients and bottles) is payable to Julianne at the start of class. Please bring cash or check.

Date: Friday, Feb. 21

Time: 6 - 9:30 p.m.

Course: Early-bird price of $135 (class increases to $155 on February 7).

Class Location: Little Shop of Crafts 711 Amsterdam Ave. at 94th Street, New York City

Call Marla Bosworth of Back Porch Soap for directions/questions: 781.934.8100 (cell phone)

Note: All classes must be prepaid in full. You will receive a confirmation email upon registration.

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