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Honey: Perfume Accords, with Ashley Eden Kessler (online)

In this online class, perfumer Ashley Eden Kessler teaches perfume composition with an exploration of animalic honey accords.

Explore fragrance categories through our ongoing accords classes. These classes are designed to help new perfumers gain sensory understanding and technical perfumery skills, and are an integral part of learning the craft and art of perfumery: Learning how to assemble perfume accords leads to a greater adeptness at blending, well-trained noses and a better understanding of the molecular components of the various facets and types of the most important notes in perfumery

It is with this in mind that independent perfumer Ashley Eden Kessler leads a thorough study of an animalic honey accord.

Materials Needed: We will send you a materials list upon signup. Please purchase these materials before attending class. Before class, we will send you formulation exercises, which must be accomplished before the class meets.


  • Technical knowledge about the molecular components of the studied material
  • A greater familiarity with aromatic components and combinations
  • The capacity to reconstruct the material through its components

Important notes: Please read before signing up: Materials are required for this class, and must be purchased separately, before class takes place. The materials list and the teaching formula are sent upon signup, and can be found at the bottom of the confirmation email from Eventbrite. Because the formula is provided upon signup, we do not allow cancellations for these classes. We share the recording for each class for 14 days after class takes place, and will send the recording for review via email after the class is over.

Because we send out the formula with signup, there are no refunds or transfers for this class. Please look out for an email from Eventbrite after you sign up, which contains the formula and the materials list. This online class takes place on Zoom and will be recorded. We will share the video for this class with registered participants for 14 days after it takes place. Please see our full attendance and refund policy below.



Ashley Eden Kessler’s accords classes provide attendees with a thorough study of important perfume accords for perfumers. Her online sessions will focus on helping students understand the molecular components of the various facets and types of the material by exploring and picking apart a formula, over several trials. Materials must be purchased in advance and students are expected to make the all steps of the perfume accord’s formula before class starts. By attending these classes, an emerging perfumer or scent artist will expand their capabilities and training, gain the materials knowledge to add various fragrance components to their arsenal, and leave with a deeper understanding of the artistry and science behind perfumery. It’s technical blending at its best, leading to a greater adeptness at blending, and very well-trained noses.

Students must purchase, dilute, and blend materials before the start of class. Materials lists and formulas are sent as part of the confirmation email from Eventbrite.


A Los Angeles native, Ashley came to perfumery after forays into other creative disciplines. Sculpture, Architecture, Theater, Film and Design were the initial steps on her search for a mode of expression that would support both a dreamer and a pragmatist, a creative mind fascinated equally by science and by art. Perfumery, the science of the ineffable, is where the road finally took her.

Her first introduction to scent was by way of a gift on her 16th birthday: a bespoke fragrance formulated by renowned perfumer Sarah Horowitz. The study of architecture and design led to travel and work in film art departments, but ultimately it was to Sarah Horowitz Parfums she returned. From apprentice to Junior Perfumer at SHP, she was smitten with the field. Dropping everything else, she immersed herself in study and practice.

Her education in niche perfumery continued at LA’s Lucky Scent, and seeking a more formal education in the field, she moved to France to study at the prestigious Grasse Institute of Perfumery. There, she distinguished herself with her final brief- winning one of GIP’s coveted awards. After her studies, she returned to the U.S., having accepted a position as a Perfumer’s Assistant at Drom Fragrances International, one of the world’s top fine fragrance studios. After two years in that position, she was offered the chance to move back to Los Angeles as consultant for Sarah Horowitz’ new business initiative, Original Scent. In 2013, Ashley joined the Institute for Art and Olfaction as an instructor, and in 2015 she founded her perfume company, Sentir Studio.


This is an online class that will take place on Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent by email approximately 24 hours before the class. Lest this email end up in your spam folder, please be sure to add hello@artandolfaction.com and noreply@order.eventbrite.com to your address book.

+ Learn more about how we teach and our community guidelines here: https://artandolfaction.com/newcomers/.

+ We will upload the class recording after the end of the session, and share it for 14 days with attendees. This video is view-only, and expires at the end of the 14 day window.

+ We will send you a list of materials and teaching formulas upon signup, as part of your Eventbrite confirmation of registration.

+ Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds or credit for this class. Note also that event tickets are non-transferable.

Image credit: The Institute for Art and Olfaction.

September 21 2023


Date: 21 September
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
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