Course Description

Over 18s only

If you are keen to learn about all aspects of perfumery and want to create custom perfumes either out of personal interest or as a business, then this five day advanced course is the one for you.

You’ll be taught by the master, our chief perfumer, John Stephen who will pass on his knowledge in an engaging and informative manner as he describes the process involved in making commercially viable perfumes.

You’ll learn how to create complex fragrances, discover the professional requirements for perfume creation and understand the legislation involved. This course covers essential components of an advanced perfume course including toxicology, allergens and packaging requirements.

You’ll spend much of the time experimenting with a different selection of interesting ingredients which you will be introduced to and you will make samples of your very own bespoke perfumes to take home with you, together with their specification so that you can reorder them and/or refine and develop them further.

In order to check the health and legal requirements associated with your perfume specifications an automated Spreadsheet procedure is used. This advanced course includes a day of painless top up Spreadsheet training. Laptops are required with Excel installed.

The cost of the course includes morning and afternoon refreshments. There will be a break, usually between 12.30pm and 1.30pm where you will have the opportunity to go and grab some lunch or have a walk around the lovely village of Bourton-on-the-Water. 

As this is a five day course we are delighted to offer our own 5 Star Gold Awarded accommodation at discounted rates, see course details below for further information. Availability is limited so if you are interested in staying with us please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible to check availability. Our accommodation website shows the apartments but the dates will show as unavailable as we automatically reserve them for course dates.

If you have previously completed the Level One Course and you do not wish to do this again, as part of this advanced combined course, we will refund you £245. Just send us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. after booking and we will process this.

Lab Days

If you’ve completed our beginners’ perfumery course, or the advanced five day perfume course, our Cotswold Perfumery Lab Days are your chance to put your new skills into practice, in our fully equipped fragrance laboratory.

Our bespoke perfume lab days allow you to have full access to all our ingredients and equipment for you to practice your perfume skills and scent making.

For just £145, you’ll spend a day experimenting and creating formulations in our perfume lab during a normal working day. Most course attendees like to book the Monday following the five day course while everything they have learned is still fresh in their head!

For more information or to book please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Gift Vouchers

If you or someone you know would be interested in attending our advanced Perfume Making Course, but don't yet know a date to choose, why not buy a gift voucher from our main Cotswold Perfumery website? The Cotswold Perfumery - Makers of Fine English Fragrances (

You can then check availability for a date that would suit you. Gift vouchers are valid for 12 months.

Cancellation Policy can be found here

Course Dates

The number of places on each course is limited to 10. To check current availability please visit our online booking system.

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