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The art of perfumery

Keen to learn how to identify scents and make perfumes? A workshop is for you

  Have you wondered what goes behind making your favourite perfume? A workshop, The Perfumer’s Palette — An introduction to Perfumery, organised by Alliance Francaise de Bombay might be able to answer some of your questions.

Rajiv Seth (left) at a perfume testing session
Rajiv Seth (left) at a perfume testing session

"It will measure your olfactory abilities, develop your sense of smell and introduce you to methods for memorising fragrances," says Rajiv Seth, CEO and creative director of All Good Scents, who will conduct the workshop.

Participants can learn how to define odours and even get introduced to the vocabulary employed in perfumery.

Seth will discuss various aspects of dealing with perfumes in the workshop, including wearing a fragrance. "Perfumes tend to react with fluctuating body temperature throughout the day and emit scent accordingly.

To maximise the aroma of your perfume, apply it only in the pulse points. A light mist of fragrance through the hair can also be applied for a long lasting effect," he says.

On: November 28, 10 am to 1 pm
At: Alliance Francaise Auditorium, Theosophy Hall, 40 New Marine Lines.
Cost: Rs 3,000 (for members), Rs 3,500 (for non-members)
RSVP: sheryn@afindia.org

Facts about perfumery

>> Grasse in France is known as the birthplace of perfumery.

>> Like musical notes make up a song, fragrance notes are necessary to make a perfume. Three note scales — top notes,
heart notes and base notes — blend to make it.

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