Natural Fragrances & Cosmetics


The sessions proceed either in May (Rose season) or in September (Jasmine season). Each session lasts 2 weeks, from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, lunch included.

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We welcome you to our establishment situated in a Provençal style house, built in the early 20th Century. You will find an ambiance which is both warm and professional. You will have at your disposal a large classroom including an application laboratory (perfumer’s organ) and a collection of more than 500 raw materials. Our lecturers are all confirmed perfumers from the prestigious companies such as Charabot, Firmenich, IFF, Mane, Robertet…

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First week
Natural fragrances

  • Discovers of the raw materials (history, culture, harvest, cost..).
  • Methods of extraction (distillation, solvents extraction, infusion…).
  • Practical work (olfaction).
  • Study of standard accords (aromatic & flowered Cologne*, soliflore rose and jasmine *, Cyprus, fern).
    * accords given as an example, and may be modified
  • Natural perfume formulation (practical work).
  • Visit to growers and extraction plants (Centifolia rose in May, Grasse jasmine in September).

Second week
Natural fragrances applications & cosmetics

  • Application of essential oils for beauty and well-being
  • From the fine fragrance to cosmetic application : how to adapt the fragrance to the support ?
  • Practical work : specific formulation for different supports. Candles, soap, shower gel, shampoo, body milk, body oil…
  • For each product type, formulation development, manufacturing considerations, and stability testing will be discussed.
  • From classical to natural and organic cosmetic. New concepts and formulation review.


The Centifolia rose fields and extraction plants with the student perfumers of GIP


May 13 to 24, 2019, September 16 to 27, 2019