Category: Making your own perfume

  • Perfume Making Workshops 30th April 1st May 2016 – London

    Two workshops are planned: How to Make Perfume & How to Make Better Perfume: Advanced Skills for Perfumers: Full details are on the Eventbrite Pages, but if you want to attend both please get in touch with me directly using as I can offer a discounted price for both.

  • A WondAroma Podcast

    A WondAroma Podcast

    Happy New Year! Episode 10 of the WondAroma podcast features the Pell Wall perfumer Chris Bartlett talking to Christine Daley of Perfumer Supply House about: how Pell Wall came about the process of composing a fragrance and  a handful of interesting ingredients including Geosmin, Green Tea Givco, Skatole, Theaspirane and Zenolide. The audio quality starts […]

  • Tolu Balsam

    Tolu Balsam

    Tolu Balsam is a very useful natural fixative as well as a lovely base-note in its own right, but it isn’t the easiest of materials to handle.  It comes from the South American tree Myroxylon balsamum.   It is used to fix materials such as juniper, petitgrain, spices and florals of many kinds and frequently forms a […]

  • Special Offer Ingredients

    Special Offer Ingredients

    Clearance Bargain Ingredients – only one of each! From time to time people order perfumery ingredients from me and, either because they say they are in a hurry or just because I’m trying to keep ahead of things, I make up the order before they pay . . . then sometimes they don’t pay, either […]

  • Perfumery Ingredients at Pell Wall

    Perfumery Ingredients at Pell Wall

    The March issue of my Ingredients List is now online and the list now features some 300 materials, both natural and synthetic, with some very exciting new additions and a spectacular price reduction on one material thanks to some help from a friend in the US. There are two versions of the list on the […]

  • The Quinolines

    The Quinolines

    I thought it might be useful to do another in my occasional series of disambiguation posts about perfumery ingredients with easily confused names or equivalences.  This time I’m looking at a group of similar ingredients used to create an earthy, leather note in fragrances: No quinolines in Sticky Leather Sky Isobutyl quinoline (CAS number 65442-31-1), of which […]

  • Workshops – February 7th and 8th 2015 – London

    Workshops – February 7th and 8th 2015 – London

    Following on from my post last month, I’m now able to confirm dates and location for the workshops. There are two workshops Introductory and Advanced – there are still places on the Introductory but only one place left on the Advanced: Some ingredients for the Introductory Workshop On Saturday 7th February I’ll be holding a […]

  • Perfume Making Workshop – Incense – London 31st January 2015

    Just one place left on this workshop! On Saturday 31st January I’m running another in my series of perfume making workshops, this one is in association with the Perfume Lovers London Meet-up Group and follows on from a talk I’m giving the previous Thursday on the use of incense notes in fragrance: you don’t have […]

  • How To Make Perfume

    The spread at the beginning of the article as it appeared in print on 3rd August 2014 If you want to make perfume yourself and are looking for help to get you started, this is the place. Here are links to methods, sources of ingredients, recommended equipment and advice: everything I wished I could find […]

  • Perfume Making Evening in Shropshire

    If you are in or near Shropshire in June, how do you fancy an evening of making your own perfume?  I’m running a gently educational, but mostly fun evening putting together your own fragrance on Tuesday 11th June from 6pm. At the Craft Café 2, Wellington Road, Newport, Shropshire With the Pell Wall Perfumer Three and a half […]