Frequently asked questions

Online Courses

How can I make the payment?


You can pay by credit card or Paypal, if you don't like paying with these methods you can always pay via bank transfer Payments should be in advance, however some exceptions may permit you to pay in cash on the day of the workshops




What about your online courses, can anyone join them?


Yes absolutely! From complete novices who know nothing about perfume or skincare, to people in the industry who want to learn more and enhance their skills, my courses are open to beginners and those with some prior knowledge but want more in depth learning




If I do the online perfumery course will I learn enough to start making my own fragrances?


You will certainly gain an excellent foundation to start. My courses are very intensive and I teach the way I would want to learn, in a very matter of fact, non waffling way. I teach you the essentials of what you need to know to start your fragrant journey and so much more You will learn more in 3 modules than you would in 3 years of self-studying on forums, blogs and reading books




Do you have online courses?


Yes! There is a 'Certificate in Natural Perfumery' course and a 'Creating Natural Skincare' course, they are both CPD accredited and have recorded lectures, video tutorials, downloadable workbooks, and guides. The perfumery course also has audio files of each lecture for you to download and keep! You can find out more at the website below: https://courses.bymelaniejane.com/ PERFUME COURSE LINK SKINCARE COURSE LINK




What is the difference between your online course and the 5 day course in France?


One the biggest differences is that you have access to over 100 raw materials that you can experiment with and use to make your perfumes. The other major difference is the amount of learning hours and material. The online course is much more comprehensive with 325 hours of learning that you could complete in 6-8 weeks, if you put your mind to it. In the online course you also have the audio files that you can download and keep forever!




In the online course is there a time limit to when I have to complete it?


You will have 12 months access to the Perfumery course so you can take you own sweet time, there are no deadline pressures and the course can work around your lifestyle Some students complete it in 6 weeks some take more than a year so I extend their access. I am very flexible and suppprtive of my students needs. The Skincare course has a 3 months window of access and you can actually complete it in a week if you knuckle down and have the ingredients! But again if you need more time I will gladly give it to you.




Is there an exam after the online course?


For the Perfume course there is a multiple choice exam with 100 questions, the pass rate is 70% I need to make sure that you have learnt enough and understood each module before you can gain your certificate and it is part of the CPD requirement




Which courses or classes will I get a certificate for?


Certificates are avilable for the following 5 courses/classes:

  1. A Certificate in Natural Perfumery - online
  2. A Certificate in Natural Perfumery - 5 day course - live
  3. Creating Natural Skincare - online
  4. Aromas & Alchemy, aromatherapy course, 3 days - live
  5. An Introduction to Perfumery - 2-3 hours - live




I live overseas how will I get my certificate from the online course?


It will be emailed to you either by myself or the CPD in the UK. You can have a hardcopy posted to you at an extra cost of $15 plus postage, if you wish.




What does CPD stand for?


CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development and is the term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities. To have the accreditation for my courses means they offer a structured, practical and methodical approach to learning You can find out more here: https://cpduk.co.uk/explained




How do I access the online course, is it done by email?


The course is on a structured online learning portal that gives you access to all the lectures, workbooks, guides, and audio files.

Once you purchase the course you will get your log in details emailed to you so you can create your own password.

There are 3 modules and each module has a series of lessons that you can watch online with supporting materials available to download and keep.

The modules are 'drip fed' to ensure structured learning in the correct order:

The first module is accessible immediately,

Module 2 is available two weeks after enrolment and module 3 is accessible after 4 weeks.

You will access from anywhere in the world at any time of the day, as long as you have internet connection.




I want to learn online but I do not have any materials, can I buy them from you?


Currently I do not offer the raw materials or equipment for sale, however, once you purchase the course you will immediately receive documents with material suppliers lists that are based around the world.

The companies are verified by me and if ever I get negative feedback, from a student about a supplier, I remove them from the list and update it.

One of the documents has recommend equipment that you will need during the course with tips on how to buy them.

I also offer you support during the course if you are not sure about where to buy or have any queries about supplies




Is there a limit to the access for the online courses?


No way!!

You can have 24/7 access which means you can learn in your own place at your own pace with absolutely no limits!

The recorded lectures require a good internet connection, but the audio files, workbooks and guides can be downloaded so you can keep them and access them offline.




When does my access start, when I pay or when I enrol?


Your access starts whenever YOU are ready!

I have students that want to take advantage of special offers or coupon codes and purchase the course before they are ready to start.

They then buy the materials from the suppliers list, and once they are ready, they give me the go-ahead and I enrol them on the course with full access.




What support do you offer with the online courses?


I offer support via various mediums, whatever you would prefer.

Most students prefer WhatsApp support as it is instantaneous if I am awake!

I can also offer voice messages through this method, which may be required for lengthy explanations to a query.

Others prefer email or even Facebook messenger!

Whatever you are comfortable with I am happy to support you along your fragrant journey and beyond!

I offer this support throughout your learning duration PLUS aid for another 6 months after completion, so that could be up to 18 months of assistance from me, 7 days a week all year round. I think that is priceless!

The support you get will not be from a bot or anyone else either, it comes directly from me on my private number, so your questions will not be shared with anyone.




Are there any assignments?


Yes, there is one practical assignment at the end of each module. You will take your time to do this as there is no rush and you submit it through the online learning portal.

Once submitted I will review it and give you constructive and helpful feedback.

I am sure with my teachings you will get it approved first time! But if you have gone a little bit awry I can help you get back on track and you may resubmit it as many time as you wish.




The course title says 'Natural' perfumery, do only teach about natural oils?


I teach mostly naturals as that is what is easier to understand when first approaching perfumery, but I do also educate you about natural isolates and synthetic molecules, quite a number are discussed during the course and you will use them to make some of your perfume blends




How is it possible to learn perfumery online, don't I need to be with you in a live setting to get the best learning experience?


My students say that the online course is like being in the same room as me, except I won’t interrupt you when you speak!

But seriously, the lectures are recorded, they are not just boring slides and workbooks, I have video tutorials as well.

We work together through the course and in the section where we learn about the oils and the families I am there with you, experiencing those same oils as you while I educate you about them.

You will feel very involved and engaged. I have designed the course the way I would want to learn, and all my students absolutely love it.

Read what students have to say here

If, however you really want a live class then I shall be offering my 3- and 5-day courses again once travels restrictions are lifted. They will be held in France, 90 minutes from Bordeaux airport, and I will be offering residential and non-residential courses.




Your course seems pretty expensive at $799 do you offer discounts?


The perfume course is one of the most affordable courses online if you compare like to like.

It is extremely comprehensive with 325 hours of learning and a lot of work and dedication went into the creation of it.

You also get a lot of learning materials that you can keep, including audio files of every single lecture.

I also offer WhatsApp support throughout your learning duration PLUS aid for another 6 months after completion, so that could be up to 18 months of assistance from me, 7 days a week all year round.

I think that is priceless!

The support you get will not be from a bot or anyone else either, it comes directly from me on my private number, so your questions will not be shared with anyone.




Is the support you offer private or in a group and does it come from you?


The support you get is private and will not be from a bot or anyone else either, it comes directly from me on my private number, so your questions will not be shared with anyone.




I am based in New Zealand, can I still join the online course?


Yes of course! I have students all over the world, on every continent. From the UK to Nigeria, from the US to Australia, Jamaica, Japan, Europe and the Middle East. The access is all done online through a learning portal, so as long as you have an internet connection you can do the course.





Workshops in France

Do I need any prior experience to take part in your workshops?


No experience is necessary, my classes are aimed at beginners - intermediate who want to learn the basics of Perfumery, Aromatherapy or Natural Skincare

Some people have been up to 7 times to my classes because they want to keep on learning and experimenting and they just get on with it, but I always teach at a beginner’s pace.




Will I be able to experiment with my own blends?


Yes, I encourage creativity. I have recipe guides on hand if you are stuck but most people do their own thing and I love that! I want everyone to go home happy with products that they love.




What should I bring to a workshop?


Just your wonderful self and a big imagination! There are refreshments available throughout, pens and pads are also provided for you




Can I come alone?


Yes absolutely!

Most people do the Studio is very relaxed and you will be in a warm and welcoming environment.

It is also a great way to meet new people with similar interests.

If you prefer you can always book a private session, subject to availability




If my name is on the ticket, am I the only one who can use it


No, you can transfer it to someone else if you need to just let me know beforehand




Do I need to print my ticket, or can I pull it up on my phone?


You can do either, even if you forget your ticket don't panic, my classes are small and I know the names of everyone who is attending




Is there free parking?


Absolutely! As the workshops are held at my home studio in France there is ample parking in the grounds




Can I take my products home with me?


Yes, everything you make in the class is yours to keep!




Will I learn enough in one short workshop to start my own fragrance or aromatherapy brand?


You will learn an awful lot in a short time but if you want to start making your own products you can always invest in a private class with me or do one of my online courses Coming to a workshop is a good start and will give you an insight into what it actually takes to create your own fragrant products




Do I need to pay extra for equipment used and the perfume I make in a workshop?


No there are no hidden charges.

The workshop price includes everything; consumables, oils, bottles, etc.

Even pastries and a glass of Prosecco is included if you fancy a tipple!




How can I make the payment?


You can pay by credit card or Paypal, if you don't like paying with these methods you can always pay via bank transfer Payments should be in advance, however some exceptions may permit you to pay in cash on the day of the workshops




I've never made a perfume before how can you teach me that in a few hours?


I give a lot of guidance and clear explanations. I also give you a base to work with.

Naturally, I can't make you a master perfumer in a day but you will be surprised at what you can learn and create in that time




Will I have access to all the oils I need to make pefumes?


You will access to over 100 unadulterated, non-blended oils; I have naturals, isolates and synthetics available for you to use in your perfume creation




Do you use only natural oils?


I have a mix, about 70% are natural and the rest are natural isolates or synthetic oils as they are essential to making a good perfume, but you have the option to only use natural oils.




Do you provide a guide to making the perfume in a workshop?


I will be your personal guide throughout but I also provide laminated handouts for extra visual assistance




Is the workshop a theoretical or a practical interactive class?


It is a practical workshop with lots of interaction such as smelling various oils and perfume themes

After 50 minutes of interactive learning, about the perfume triangle and fragrance families, you will be free to experiment till your heart's content and make your own perfume in any way you wish




Do you have online courses?


Yes! There is a 'Certificate in Natural Perfumery' course and a 'Creating Natural Skincare' course, they are both CPD accredited and have recorded lectures, video tutorials, downloadable workbooks, and guides. The perfumery course also has audio files of each lecture for you to download and keep! You can find out more at the website below: https://courses.bymelaniejane.com/




What does CPD stand for?


CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development and is the term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities. To have the accreditation for my courses means they offer a structured, practical and methodical approach to learning You can find out more here: https://cpduk.co.uk/explained




Which courses or classes will I get a certificate for?


Certificates are avilable for the following 5 courses/classes:

  1. A Certificate in Natural Perfumery - online
  2. A Certificate in Natural Perfumery - 5 day course - live
  3. Creating Natural Skincare - online
  4. Aromas & Alchemy, aromatherapy course, 3 days - live
  5. An Introduction to Perfumery - 2-3 hours - live




What is the difference between your online course and the 5 day course in France?


One the biggest differences is me! I am present at the 5 day course and am available to answer questions throughout each day. You will also have access to all the materials that you experiment and make products with. However the online course is much more comprehensive with 325 hours of learning that you could complete in 6-8nweeks. The only downside to the online course at the moment is you will need to provide your own materials, but I do provide a full suppliers list where you can buy from, some are in the US, UK, Europe, India etc.




I want to buy a gift for a friend, can I buy a workshop for her or a gift certificate?


I want to buy a gift for a friend, can I buy a workshop for her or a gift certificate?

You can buy either! If you visit my online store you can see gift certificates or a ‘gift a Scent Studio workshop’ either of these can be used for the live classes at my Studio in France.

I like to be flexible and fair so the expiry date is 12 months from the date of purchase, and can even be transferred for an online course or product up to the value of what you paid.




Do men come to your classes or are they just for women?


Men are absolutely welcome!

In fact, some of the world’s best perfumers are men

Sometimes couples like to come together, it is a very special and ‘scentsual’ experience!

Some men like to come and create a personalised perfume for a partner which makes a truly unique gift.




Do I need to book a workshop in advance?


Yes please!

I need to ensure availability at the Scent Studio, so bookings are essential.

Unfortunately, I cannot accommodate walk-ins as this would result in utter chaos and I need to make sure the Prosecco is chilled!




I would love a perfume workshop but in my own home


I can accommodate that too!

As long as you live within a 90-minute radius of Labastide D’Armagnac I can host a perfume party in the comfort of your own home.

All I need is somewhere spacious to place the oils and for you to experiment and get creative!

*the minimum number of participants for a Perfume Party at home is 8





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