It’s no secret that I have a natural perfume addiction. I have a collection of perfumes and samples that rival any department store. I’ve taken more than a few perfuming classes and have recently started making scented oils for Alegna Soap®. When I saw that Charna Ethier was giving a weekend class in Chypres and Fougeres, I knew I’d be traveling to Rhode Island and to Providence Perfume. I’d be losing a weekend of valuable time during my busiest season for Alegna Soap® and I was ok with that. I’d make it up during the week.
I was introduced to the class of perfumes called Fougeres when I took a class with Julianne Zaletta. When I smelled the melody created by blending oak moss, tonka bean and lavender, I knew I had found my favorite perfume family.
We spent Saturday learning about Chypres, and Sunday was reserved for Fougeres. On both days, after mastering the basic classic style of each perfume, we spent the afternoon making variations. A fruity chyrpe, a woody fougere. An amber fougere and a leather chypre.
I loved making the perfumes, and I came home with 4 variations of each type. But my favorite part of the weekend was the smelling. There were so many things to smell! The ingredients, my fellow students creations, all of Charna’s perfumes. My nose never got tired.
Continuing education is important in any profession and soap making is no different. I go to soap conferences, collaborate with other soap makers on a regular basis. I take workshops in person and online. The perfuming classes I take open up my creativity and hone my blending abilities. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to take these classes.
What are you grateful for this week? What do you do to keep current in whatever it is you love? I’d love to know in the comments below.
Yours in Gratitude,