Mother’s Day Natural Perfume-Making Workshop

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  • Led by Susan Farber

  • Class size is limited to 12 people; suitable for men and women ages 16 & up

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019, 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

  • $90 per person; $160 for two co-creating a fragrance; all materials are included in the price.

Design your own artisanal fragrance with your mom, for your mom, or simply pay homage to Mother Earth in this natural perfume-making workshop that will awaken your sensorial creativity and stimulate olfactory memory. Our olfactory system, or sense of smell, is linked to memories. You will create your very own liquid-based fragrance from a carefully curated selection of essential oils, while creating a lasting memory that can be relived every time you or your mother dons the perfume.

As a participant, you will:

  • Receive personalized guidance in constructing a fragrance using top, middle, base and accessory notes;

  • Partake in a lively discussion of the aromatic properties of 18 essential oils and absolutes;

  • Play scent games to connect smell with emotions, images, and memories;

  • Leave with an atomizer of your custom-made fragrance and a take-home guide of the process.

“A remembered smell spills into consciousness baskets full of … memories and the feelings entwined with them, permeating the emotional aura of the memories with a richness that is both exquisite and vague.” from Essence and Alchemy, by Mandy Aftel

Note: Please do not wear any perfumes to the class as they will distract from the workshop and your own efforts. Register for this workshop online, stop in at the Wildling Museum store, or call 805-686-8315. Questions about the class? E-mail Susan at

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About the instructor

Susan is the founder and creator Sol Aromatics, a collection of perfume and aromatherapy products and services to inspire positive mind, body and feeling states supporting the spiral of life (SOL). She is a certified aromatherapist and licensed psychotherapist. Susan began her formal studies in natural perfume making seven years ago with master perfumers Mandy Aftel, Sarah Horowitz and Shelley Waddington after a lifelong passion which began when she received a perfume-making kit as a young girl.