Scents of Provence


The session proceed in June or in July. The session lasts 1 week, from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, lunch included.

Booking will be opened in 2018, January 4th.


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Grasse Institute of Perfumery welcomes you in an authentic 13th Century Convent founded by the Franciscan order in Provence. The Convent, officially listed as a historical monument, has been restored with the greatest respect for its original design. Contemporary and traditional materials have been carefully matched to provide a rare combination of a prestige site and modern conference facilities. The course will take place in a modern lecture hall equipped with 20 consoles especially designed for sensory analysis and perfume creation.

At Forcalquier, in the heart of Haute Provence, the country of lavender and clary sage, the convent of Cordeliers (founded in 1236) welcomes you to discover the scents of Provence and introduces you to the creation of fragrances built on these wonderful raw materials.

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  • The vocabulary of perfume
    Olfactory concepts. Technical vocabulary
  • The medicinal and aromatic plants of Haute-Provence
    Study of the main aromatic plants grown in Haute Provence. Different extractions methods. Different types of extracts: absolute, concrete and essential oils.
  • Apprenticeship in raw materials and olfaction
    Study of the main natural and synthetic raw materials used in perfumery, with a focus on the local one.
  • Apprenticeship in creating simple accords
    A perfume accord is a balanced blend of notes which lose their individual identity to create a completely new, unified odor impression. You will discover some basic floral notes like rose, jasmin, carnation…
  • Genealogy and olfactive evaluation
    Genealogy is the pedigree of a perfume. It facilitates the classification of perfumes by olfactory family. You will discover several perfumes that use raw materials of Provence.
  • Creation and fragrance composition
    Play with raw materials, accords and create your own perfume.
  • Visit to growers and extraction plants
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June 25 to 29, 2018, July 02 to 06, 2018