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"A Path to the Heart of Spirit"

Level One


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"When the outfit is donned and the makeup is on, what do you reach for next? Why, perfume, of course."

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Essential oils and Absolutes 

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Natural Perfumery Correspondence Course Level One

Level Two

Perfumers Journey

Student Comments


Natural Perfumery Correspondence Course - for beginners to intermediates 


We will be covering twenty-one oils/absolutes; various bases; scent profiling; the language of natural perfumery; formulation; accords; scent-similars; tinctures; macerations; and many other aspects. 

Specific assignments are given for each of the six sections. In order to attain a Certificate of Proficiency for this course, you will need to do these twenty-five assignments and reports, send in sixteen perfume samples, including the practical exam, and take the final proctored written exam. The exam can be taken no sooner than six months after you begin your studies. This is an in-depth course and there is no need to rush. Most people take two years to complete it.

You can start this course any time that is convenient for you. All files are emailed including the manual, several pdf’s of perfume books of antiquity, a formulation sheet, a blend dilution sheet to make sure the formula is safe, a receipt, and many other documents.
All projects can be sent to me via email; I will review them and offer my notes for your edification. Of the four mediums covered, you are completely free to use whichever one (or more) you like. I will review your samples and send you my comments.
When all the projects and samples are done, you can write the exam (with a proctor) and, upon passing, you’ll be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency.
I am available to you by email.


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Interview May 2013.pdf

Perfumery Course Goals & Objectives

This course would suit learners who are true novices and know nothing about this topic, but have a passion to learn, as well as those who have been making some perfumes for family and friends but would like to take it to the next level of endeavour. There is a section on marketing and preparing for an interview and review of your perfumes.

At the end of this perfumery course, you will know how to make perfume in various bases. You’ll be given recipes for all of these bases, and some of my perfume formulations, which I've created for this course. You will also learn how to create your own formulae. You will know where to get top quality essential oils, absolutes, and concretes. You will learn the vocabulary needed to describe the scents you are creating, sniffing, and/or profiling. 

You will learn how to create vertical and horizontal accords, preparing parts of future perfumes in advance of needing them. Learning about tincturing, infusing, and maceration will be included as part of the course, as well. Some plants do not yield up their aroma readily, so my notes and ideas are given on how to make a doppelganger of the desired scent.

We will not spend much time on the history of perfume though several links are included in the resources section. It has been romanticized and theorized about in books, magazines, and on the internet, and you may read this material at your leisure. It is all very interesting, exciting, and wonderful to know where we’ve come from, as a population of people who have loved perfumes since the dawn of time. However, for my course, I am opting to leave that aspect of writing to those more deeply involved in it. I just love to make perfumes and I want to share that with you. 

We won't spend any time examining, comparing, or trying to re-create commercial perfumes as this is a course on Natural Perfuming.

Creating a natural perfume today is quite different from how it was created a hundred years ago simply due to the myriad of botanical ingredients that are now available to us. We live in a time that is ripe for the making of our own household, bath, and beauty products. We are very fortunate, indeed.  

In this course, we will simply concern ourselves with the art of making perfume, the science and chemistry behind it will be included in the resource section. Again, there are many great books that one can study about the structure of essential oils, and botanical components. There is a reading list included in the courseware. 

The book called: The Scent Trail provides a wonderful olfactory journey into the origins of some of the materials we will be using in this course. It is recommended reading though there are no projects or exam questions arising from it. See my review for www.amazon.ca  The Scent Trail Review  The Scent Trail Interview with the author: http://www.ricksteves.com/radio/archive.htm#recent 

You will  discover how you work with the energy of the substances you're holding: their colour, viscosity, tenacity, scent profile, and how they operate with one another, in other words, the spirit of the plant. Not everyone is up for this and that's fine. Just trying it once is all that is asked. ie: tuning into the plant spirits. One of the assignments is to create a Spiritual Perfume.

We will create a Scent Song as we look at the work of Piesse. There are several supporting .pdf files that I will email to you for further reading and learning.

The profiles of the twenty-one oils and absolutes covered in this course are given in three parts: aromatically, therapeutically, and spiritually. This includes safety information, as that is key to creating a wonderful product. You'll learn how to create a perfume for use in your personal spiritual rituals.    

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There is always a lot of solid  information in my courses.A Table of Contents is available upon request. 

You will need to purchase supplies, essential oils, and absolutes, so here is the list. Supplies List for the Natural Perfumery Course 2015.doc

Please have an in-depth look at my Links & Resources page for Suppliers. I have listed numerous ones in North America as well as several in Europe, UK, and AU. 

If you would like to know more about this informative and aromatic course, please email LynAyre@telus.net with any questions you may have. If you decide to order, I'll send you an invoice and a registration form. 

Student comment 

Jan 2012... Hi Lyn, here are my thoughts on the first read of the manual...
I have been reading the Natural Perfume Course Manual and find it fantastic! It is like my own personal life coach. There is so much in the manual that is so positive and uplifting - it's like a manual to live a wonderful life - like maintaining a schedule, having fun, staying positive, living with intent, tuning in to higher power, and even taking care of yourself and dressing well. It is so much more than natural perfumery. Thanks, JT, Ohio, USA 2012 


Two years later: Jan 2014... Hi, Lyn, here are my comments about the course, having just written the exam..

Lyn is a genuine artisan who designs beautiful natural perfumes with soul. Her perfumery course is comprehensive and organized. Her enthusiasm for natural perfumery combined with a patient, caring spirit makes her a fabulous teacher. I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to e-meet Lyn and study natural perfumery from her. Thanks, JT, Ohio, USA 2014 

Here are the essential oils and absolutes we will be covering in the course so you can go ahead and begin to order them.  It's easier on the budget when you don't have to do it all at once. As well, if you look at my links page, you will see many tried and trusted suppliers to get you started. Make sure none of these essential oils/absolutes are diluted in jojoba as they won't mix with alcohol if they are. As well, you want 100% not a 10 or 20 % dilution. You will be making your own dilutions.

Base Note

Heart Note

Head Note

Himalayan Cedarwood

Cinnamon Leaf

Bergamot fcf

Frankincense bc

Jasmine grandiflorum absolute

Black Pepper







Sandalwood Santalum vanuatu

Rose Geranium

Ho wood or Rosewood 

Vanilla absolute 

Rose maroc



Ylang Ylang extra

Palma Rosa


Number of drops needed to complete Level I



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Sent today, July 23, 2014

Good morning, Lyn,

I just had to tell you how much I am in love with this perfumery course. I am just starting to finishing section one.  I did the drops experiment last night...so interesting. I will send the results soon. I have a few more notes to make, but I am almost ready for project 2....and so excited about it.  This morning I couldn't wait and just put 3 drops of heart notes into a horizontal accord on a fragrance strip...just for fun :) I am bringing it to work with me so I can smell it throughout the day.  It is so beautiful.

The whole process of natural perfumery is beautiful and peaceful and creative and exciting. That is what is going through my mind and heart as I progress through this course. I am so glad I found you and was able to take your course.  It is so right for me and my path.

Thank you so much for everything and many blessings for your Wednesday :)
TL, Georgia, USA

Kind words from a student who is just completing Project 19-Passion for Perfume: 

I’m so grateful to you Lyn, who has been such a marvellous and patience teacher and still is when I’m writing this essay. Without your way of sharing your knowledge in perfumery with me, I would never have know how it feels to get deep into my selves and my olfactory in the way scents can do.

Every morning and every night I think in Scents, Notes, Chords, Accords and how to combine the fragrances to the outstanding perfume. But after I have been thinking for a while I know that I don’t have that experience that I need and that I have to take all the time and read as much as I can to learn what I have to learn.

Today I’m not quite done with the course but I feel so satisfied that I chosen the course that suited me and from here I can develop my life while spending it with natural perfumery. VG, Sweden


Registration and Investment

All students must complete a Registration Form

to email along with payment. I will send it to you.


The Course: I am offering an in-depth, correspondence E-course on the basics of natural perfumery, so you can work at your own pace. The manual is well-written, professionally edited, with good photos, tables, and interesting assignments and experiments. There is on-going email support at no further cost.

The Investment: All projects can be sent to me by email and so can the Exam.  

Natural Perfuming Level I       $400.00  

Levels One & Two together is $750.00 See more below...

The Exam: I don't offer the proctored exam until the six-month point as there are 25 projects and 16 samples to complete and send in. (All .5 ml perfume samples are mailed to me, five or six at a time, please.)  This doesn't happen overnight. There should be no rush to complete this course. The exam consists of 57 questions. There are no multiple choice so no option for guessing the right answer. You need to know your material before you write the exam. It takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete this exam and you will need a Proctor to be with you. There is a form they will need to fill out, and mail to me, attesting to the fact that you did the exam from memory. When you request the exam, you will need to let me know where to mail it to your Proctor. You will then sit the exam at their home or office. The Exam can be emailed to his or her office and the completed exam can be emailed back by your Proctor. The Proctor Form needs to be signed and sent via postal mail with a legible signature. The exam is not to leave the hands of the Proctor except for the time you are actually writing the it.

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Return Policy

This is a correspondence course and as such may be started at any time convenient to you. I do not offer a refund once the course has been emailed out as, by that time, you have the full course material hence all that you need, and that I have put my heart into creating, to learn the art of the course you have ordered.

Thank you.


The students who have gone through this course and earned his or her Certificate of Proficiency have all rated it Five Star


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a few Student Comments, from over the years:


"Many thanks to Lyn. Her teaching was so useful for me. Before I met her, I was so unsure about myself and my ability to create perfumes as a Professional Independent Perfumer. I have to say that I really enjoyed this six-month course in which I made such great progression, thanks to her help. I recommend her course to everyone who wishes to be assisted with much respect from one being to another." Therese Steigert, Paris, France 2007


"Lyn is one of the most generous teachers I've ever had. Her patience with me while I asked all kinds of questions, most of the answers were in the manual, really kept me going. She would answer and/or refer me to the page number to look at in the manual. I am not the same person after completing this course. I have a deep affinity for our planet and all that she offers. I look at scent in a different way and can really smell what's out there. My garden has doubled in size and I'm really looking forward to it blooming this summer. Lyn has blessed me with a deeper look at my spiritual side. I'll be forever thankful to her for her kind heart and generous soul. Thanks, Lyn" Love MM, Southern USA 2008


"I'm working towards my degree and use the course as a reward for when I've done my other homework. Lyn is a great teacher who knows her stuff; a true gem of a person." IM, USA 2009


"I'm working on creating abundance in my life so I can come and meet Lyn in person. Her course is amazing and I'm learning so much." BB, USA 2010


"I enjoy to Lyn courses so much. My English not good. but course is good. Thank You." JC, USA 2011


"I love this course! This is the best thing I have done for myself. It's as if my soul is saying to me...'you finally listened to what I want you to do'." MN, USA 2012


"I am grateful to find your course. For many years when I smell a scent of a flower I feel so curious how could I recreate that same natural scent and share the beauty of it with others. That is why a wish to take this course and find out am I creative enough  to make fragrances. Again I deeply thankful to find this course teaching about NATURAL perfumery but mostly to connect with you,-someone who is not afraid to share this secret knowledge with others." JI, AU 2007


"I'm loving this course. It is opening up spaces within me that I did not know where there. I'm happy to recommend this course to anyone interested in having a better understanding of natural scents. With love and gratitude for your wonderful gift to the world." JG, AU 2007


"I am an intuitive learner so I knew right away it was the course I wanted to take. I felt very good about your approach to the essences. For my Birthday, I decided to give myself the perfect gift for me - your course. I've been happily enjoying it ever since - the gift that keeps on giving. Thanks, Lyn" CN, Japan 2009


"My passion for perfume was again ignited when I signed up for Lyn’s Natural Perfumery Course. It truly is a path to the heart of my spirit. I enjoyed the course immensely. Lyn is a dedicated, wonderful teacher with lots of information to share. I enjoyed the alchemy of creating scents for the soul. It was one of the greatest gifts for me and for my personal and spiritual development. Thank you Lyn!" Gabriella Berran, Ontario, Canada 2010 (Note: our dear Gabriella lost her battle with heart disease and passed away in March 2011 at the age of 52. This is a great personal loss as well as a loss to the Natural Perfume community. Please remember her in your prayers. Thank you.) 

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'Pyramid of Natural Olfactory Pleasures'

Level Two


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The ‘Art of Perfumery’ may be older than the pyramids, 

but there are always new things to be discovered.


Student Testimonial: If you have a serious desire to learn the art of natural perfumery, then this course is for you. I've had the opportunity to take several classes on perfumery and this course is one of the best I've experienced. Lyn Ayre provides a solid foundation for understanding the basics of natural perfumery. If you are not a novice but are looking to expand upon your knowledge, Lyn is one of the best teachers you can find. She is the Genie guiding you on your scented journey, generously sharing her knowledge and wisdom. She's very patient as well (trust me!) and generous with her time. In my opinion, this course is worth far more than  she is charging, given the time and knowledge you receive. If you are serious and willing to follow through, this is the course I would suggest.  H. Martz, New Jersey, USA


This course expands on the perfuming concepts presented in the Coeur d'Esprit Natural Perfume Course “A Journey to the Heart of Spirit” I'm currently teaching through correspondence. Before considering this course, you should have a good grasp of the basics of perfume creation or you'll become quite lost in this course as it assumes you know what you're doing. Here are the topics you need to know: how to formulate, create accords, infusions, and tinctures; note classification; perfumery terms; methods of extraction; shelf-life and storage; scent profiling; working in a safe atelier; where to purchase supplies; and so on...


We will create five new perfumes in the following families, using my unique 'keys' for creating a great – chypre, citrus, fougere, floral, and oriental perfume. Then we'll compose accords that will offer us deviations featuring fruity, herbal, leathery, leafy, and gourmand/spicy. 

There are multiple perfumes and accords to make up and many (over 20) projects to complete and email back to me. 


A Table of Contents is available upon request. lynayre@telus.net

A Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded upon completion. There is no exam at this time.

…other topics and experiments include:

o        Creating various kinds of alcohol blends for specific Perfume Families.

o        Create your own Perfumers Wheel

o        Advanced sniffing techniques and evaluations

o        Creating your own Natural Perfume Pyramid

o        Creating a perfume kit for traveling

o        How to do a Perfume Consultation

o        Developing a Reference Library of the Classics

o        Comparing essences from one supplier to the next

o       I offer accord ideas from my own personal work to create – amber, fresh, super green, hyacinth, and musk.

o       Working with a gram scale, ultra-sonic unit, heat stand, monclon, strip stand

o        Comparing and scent-profiling various essences: Petitgrain, Oakmoss, Lotus, Pepper, Lavender, Geranium, Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, and Vetiver

o        Sections on fixatives, natural isolates and how I use them, and on some synthetic molecules that I've experimented with.

Advanced Natural Perfume correspondence course $375.00. Please email me your intention to take this course and I'll email you a Registration Form and a PayPal Invoice to pay. Then I'll send out the course and you can begin. lynayre@telus.net 

Natural Perfuming Level II $375.00  

Purchase both levels and enjoy a price break. 

Natural Perfuming Level I & II $750.00  

Return Policy

This is a correspondence course and as such may be started at any time convenient to you. I do not offer a refund once the course has been emailed out as, by that time, you have the full course material hence all that you need, and that I have put my heart into creating, to learn the art of the course you have ordered.

Thank you.



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Perfumers Journey.mp3

... a five minute meditation. If you will have all your components ready (listed in the text below) you can go ahead and make up this lovely perfume called "Perfumers' Journey". If you create it in alcohol, use a 5 ml bottle. You will need to add 68 drops of Perfumers' alcohol to these 32 drops of blended essential oils for a 32% Perfume. Enjoy.

Perfumers’ Journey…

First, we want to ground to Gaia, our Mother Earth. The base notes of Vetiver grass, the tree resin from Frankincense, the heartwood of Sandalwood, and the root of Iris are rich and grounding; all of these connecting us to the earth and manifesting the full-bodied notes from the spiritual into physical realm.

Creating the Centre of Being from the floral heart notes of Rose maroc, Jasmine g, Ylang Ylang, Osmanthus, Orange Blossom absolute, and Neroli, we flesh out the aroma and give it heart. One by one, we drop them in to form the whole and find synergy as a group, creating something else, entirely.

Finally, those elusive head notes, which momentarily flicker before leading the way to Spirit; teasing, frolicking, promising the Light touch of the Ethereal. Eventually, these are the ones that will make the first fleeting impression on the Sniffer. Rosewood, Coriander, Bergamot, and Cinnamon leaf.

When the last drop is in, they react to one another forming alliances and taking the traveler to exotic destinations.

What do you want the wearer to feel? Where do you want them to go? … leading the willing deeper and deeper, note by note,  into the depths of  the scent. Journeying whiff by whiff to bygone and long forgotten times; except by the nose.


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My first order of business is always: DO NO HARM, which is why I include the following statements. 


When making natural perfumes, we are dealing with the wondrous, powerful, highly scented, and generally medicinal plant chemical components. Please refrain from taking this course if you: have major internal organ damage, have severe breathing or skin allergies or sensitivities, or your health is otherwise severely compromised


Those who are pregnant or lactating, can complete and email the following 'paper projects' for the correspondence course: 1- on Anosmia, 4- on another descriptor for rose oil, 6- on descriptive words or phrases, project 16- on tincture and infusions, project 19- Passion for Perfume, project 25- philosophies; half of the Perfume Projects on accords. The reading, gathering of supplies, and preparation of a safe Atelier can also be accomplished while you are waiting to begin the course.


Methods of payment  

please email lynayre@telus.net to make arrangements  

Cash/Cheque (if local to Vancouver, BC area),

Money Order/Bank Draft in Canadian Funds, 

Western Union Worldwide Money Transfer

If your bank has Interac, and you do online banking, 

you can also send an email money transfer.

MoneyGram worldwide and PayPal.

Made out to Lyn Ayre, please.

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