If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Essential oils provide plants with protection against environmental threats and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices such as immune support, respiratory health, stress relief and emotional balance. In fact, some of the most exquisitely fragrant essential oils are capable of fighting seasonal threats, lifting our spirits and calming our minds.
In this class, you will learn about specific essential oils, and how, if applied topically, they can be beneficial to your body, and mind as well as providing a beautiful fragrance. In the first part of this beginner’s class, you will learn the basics of essential oils as we discuss the science behind their powerful therapeutic benefits, how essential oils are produced, and how to use them for a more natural, healthy lifestyle. In the second half of the class, students will blend their oils to create a natural, custom perfume in class. We will discuss how essential oils are classified as top, middle or base notes, the oil blending process, and how to care for your natural perfume once it is blended. Each student who registers for class will produce a 1oz therapeutic perfume and receive their own curated selection of essential oils to take home.
Founder, Michelle K Gagnon, is a bio alchemist, olfactive artist, distiller, consultant, phyto perfumer, explorer, aromatherapist, educator and environmentalist. Michelle descends from a long family lineage of botanists, gardeners and floriculturists, responsible for creating over 80,000 varieties of rose. She works exclusively with wildcrafted/organic botanical ingredients and essential oils sourced from farms and artisan distilleries around the world. The special curation of aromatic materials in her collection are consciously chosen to create a luxurious botanical olfaction experience evoking healing benefits while allowing us to live in harmony with nature and our environment. With the belief that plants are master communicators, Michelle continuously explores, and learns from the materials she works with and conceptualizes her formulations to help share their story.