Natural Perfumery Workshop in London

… oh and a dance debut!

I have been off-radar for a number of weeks, hence the atrocious lack of posts.  Not content with teaching commitments, course-work marking and workshop development, I had also signed up to the ‘Big Dance 2012‘ project, to be part of a short piece called ‘Prologue’, (inspired by the ‘Play without Words’) with Matthew Bournes’ New Adventures company in collaboration with Sadler’s Wells.

So, a group of dance graduates and dance-curious individuals of varying experience and ages, spent 6 weeks in rehearsals and ta-daaaa our big debut was last week (12 & 13 July) at the Lilian Bayliss Theatre.   Adrenaline spikes and partial stage-fright notwithstanding, it all went well and all the hard work paid off – I did not fall flat on my face and was not wildly out of time – neither was anyone else.   An experience that was challenging, fun and nerve-wracking all at once!

So, now that I am no longer treading the boards I had best get back to some work of the aromatic kind – and such fun I have been plotting.  I am running a workshop on 28th July for all you Perfumistas out there who wish to discover more about the ephemeral art and practical science of Natural Perfumery.   A fun, interactive and hands-on, one-day introduction to purely natural, fragrant botanicals (no animal ingredients) and how to create a unique, inspirational scent.  Lots of smelling and sampling will be encouraged.

‘Genie in a bottle’ – fragrant essential oils and absolutes

You can find out more about the workshop and how to book here.  Or feel free to ask a question via the comment box 😉

We shall be studying at the beautiful Regents Park College, whose park grounds offer ample opportunity to ‘stop and smell the roses’ and return inspired and refreshed.   I visited last month and took waaay too many pictures of their scented roses – and spent the best part of an hour burying my face in all the scented blooms.   Here is one example, alas I didn’t get the name of it, but the colour reminds me of a glorious sunset.

Scented vintage roses – Regents Park rose garden

Now to tackle my backlog of blog-posts and even more fun … ordering some fabulous, fragrant goodies.

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About The Perfume Mistress

"If the eyes are the windows to your soul, then the nose is the doorway to your imagination" The Perfume Mistress Hello, by day I am a clinical aromatherapist and tutor, with over 10 years of working with natural materials and essential oils, by night I delve into the art of botanical perfumery, reading and smelling all things olfactory. I have set up the 'Nosetrodami Club' offering scentsory talks, discussions and master-classes on all topics and themes olfactive. I also offer one and two day workshops in the art of natural perfumery, natural and organic body & skincare. My inspirations range from the mundane to the metaphysical, the hum-drum to the hyperbolic which you may see reflected in my posts.
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