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Perfume 303: Perfume Composition Techniques (Video + Q&A)

This online class covers organizing perfume materials, selecting palettes for composition, tracking formulas, evaluating blends, and more.

Perfume is an art, a science and a craft, and thoughtful creative preparations and revisions can provide the structure for a thriving artistic output in perfumery.

Designed to provide important next steps for budding perfumers, Perfume 303 will teach you the crucial information for setting up a professional perfume organ, conceptualizing and creating perfume formulas, and helping you ensure that your practice is built on a good artistic habits.

This recurring online class will cover the important creative minutiae. We will review how to organize your library of aromatic materials (working with materials covered in Perfume 202), talk about how to select your palette for composition, discuss how to best track your formulas, and learn strategies for how to evaluate your trials.

This class, in short, will allow you to ground yourself as an aspiring independent perfumer, and help you develop a methodological approach that will support your long-term practice and give structure upon which your creativity can thrive.


+ How to choose a material palette for perfume composition

+ Overview of perfume formula writing and maintenance

+ Introduction to organizing perfume formula writing

+ How to evaluate perfume trials and revise formulae

+ Techniques for saving perfume trials

+ Teaching document covering topics covered in the class

Sign-up requirements:

Attendees must have taken our Perfume 202, or have proven record of experience working with scent.


This class is a hybrid video and live Q+A session, which will take place online, on Zoom. We will send the link to the video portion before the class, and review it during the scheduled session.

After the video review, Ashley will join for a 45 minute Q+A session to cover questions and more.

Please look out for an email from us about 24 hours before class starts, which will contain Zoom log-in information and the class handouts. We will share the video for this class with all registered participants for 7 days after it takes place and is uploaded to the cloud.


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.

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+ Please download and install Zoom before the class starts, to avoid last minute technical issues.

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

+ We will share the video for this session after class ends, viewable for 7 days. This video is view-only, and expires at the end of the 7 day window.

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

April 11 2024


Date: 11 April
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
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