The art of perfume

Combine refined learning and travel aspirations and join the unique course for fragrance lovers in the heart of France. Educate your sense of smell and taste, explore the perfume history and enjoy the scenery of Burgundy.

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April 15–22, 2018, or April 18–22, 2018
Burgundy, France

About our course

The Senses&Vacation educational project introduces the new Art of Perfume course, which will take place in Burgundy, the charming land of exquisite fragrances and iconic wine, in April 2018. This is an exclusive chance to embrace the authentic atmosphere of the ultimate wine region and study the art of aromas in such a remarkable location.

The participants with their enthusiastic lecturer Victoria Frolova ( the author of Bois de Jasmin perfume blog) will live in a historic château and explore the thrilling and romantic ambience of this part of France, learning about the scents of wine and perfume. The program also features tours to the local wineries.

Two previous courses (The Art of Perfume in 2017 and The Secret of Scent in 2016) took place in Luberon and Grasse respectively, and have received a very positive feedback from both its participants and the press.

Course schedule

We are happy to offer you two different options:

Week-Long Course Schedule

15-22 April 2018

April 15
  • 8:00pm — Welcome reception at the hotel April 16

April 16
  • 10:00 — meeting in the lobby and going to Bourges
  • 10:45 — a sightseeing tour of Bourges, visiting the local gothic Cathedral, an object of UNESCO World Heritage
  • 13:00 — lunch in a local restaurant
  • 16:00 — a walk around Sancerre vineyards
  • 17:00 — wine testing in a Sancerre winery
  • 19:00 — returning to the hotel

April 17
  • 10:00 — meeting in the lobby and going to Nevers
  • 10:15 — a sightseeing tour of Nevers, visiting the local Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte Cathedral built in mix of architectural styles Visiting a Dutch ware factory and Church of St Etienne - one of excellently preserved cathedrals built in a Romanesque style.
  • 13:00 — lunch in a local restaurant
  • 15:30 a sightseeing tour around La Charité-sur-Loire monastery village Its main attraction is the Notre Dam Church built in the beginning of the 12th century by the Cluny Benedictines, an object of UNESCO World Heritage.
  • 19:00 — returning to the hotel

April 18
  • 10:00 — meeting in the lobby and going to Moulins.
  • 10:40 — a sightseeing tour of Moulins.
  • 13:00 — lunch in a local restaurant.
  • 15:10 — Visiting the temple-tomb of the Burbons in Sauvigny.
  • 16:50 — vine testing at a winery.

April 19
  • 9:15 – noon — Victoria Frolova's workshop
  • 10:15 – 10:30 — Coffee break
  • Participants will master the language of fragrance as they draw on their personal experiences. They will also perform exercises to sharpen their sense of smell.
    Together with the lecturer they learn the evolution of perfume history by studying some of the most iconic examples of the perfumery art in their original formulations.

  • Noon – 14:30 — Lunch (not included in the price of the package)
  • 14:00 — Visiting Apremont-sur-Allier — one of the most beautiful villages of France

April 20
  • 9:15 – noon — Victoria Frolova's workshop
  • 10:15 – 10:30 — Coffee break
  • Participants will explore scents found in wine and in perfume. They will learn about raw materials, notes, accords and examples of fragrances in which they’re used. They will learn about ways to enhance the enjoyment of aromas and flavors in food and drink.
    Guided tour of the region and visits to wineries
    The participants will have a chance to apply their knowledge to wine tasting.

  • Noon – 14:00 — Lunch (not included in the price of the package)
  • 14:00 — Visiting local vinary

April 21
  • 9:15 – noon — Victoria Frolova's workshop
  • 10:15 – 10:30 — Coffee break
  • Selecting the right fragrance is often one of the most complicated aspects of enjoying perfume. To help participants hone their skills at smelling and recognizing interesting fragrances, they will learn about some of the key materials used in perfumery as well as the basics of fragrance composition.

    They will also explore classical and contemporary niche fragrances and draw their own fragrance map. The session will be concluded with smelling exercises tailored for every participant so that they can practice at home to keep their sense of smell sharp.

  • Noon – 14:00 — Lunch (not included in the price of the package)
  • Afternoon — Personal time
  • 20:00 — Farewell dinner

April 22: Departure

This schedule may be slightly modified depending on the number of participants, the weather, and other conditions. The changes will affect neither Victoria's lectures and workshops nor the visits to the wineries.

Long Weekend Course schedule

18–22 April 2018

April 18
  • 8:00pm — Welcome reception at the hotel bar: an opportunity for the participants of both groups to meet and greet

April 19
  • 9:15 – noon — Victoria Frolova's workshop
  • 10:15 – 10:30 — Coffee break
  • Participants will master the language of fragrance as they draw on their personal experiences. They will also perform exercises to sharpen their sense of smell.

    Together with the lecturer they learn the evolution of perfume history by studying some of the most iconic examples of the perfumery art in their original formulations.

  • Noon – 14:30 — Lunch (not included in the price of the package)
  • 14:00 — Visiting Apremont-sur-Allier — one of the most beautiful villages of France

April 20
  • 9:15 – noon — Victoria Frolova's workshop
  • 10:15 – 10:30 — Coffee break
  • Participants will explore scents found in wine and in perfume. They will learn about raw materials, notes, accords and examples of fragrances in which they’re used. They will learn about ways to enhance the enjoyment of aromas and flavors in food and drink.
    Guided tour of the region and visits to wineries
    The participants will have a chance to apply their knowledge to wine tasting.

  • Noon – 14:00 — Lunch (not included in the price of the package)
  • 14:00 — Visiting local vinary

April 21
  • 9:15 – noon — Victoria Frolova's workshop
  • 10:15 – 10:30 — Coffee break
  • Selecting the right fragrance is often one of the most complicated aspects of enjoying perfume. To help participants hone their skills at smelling and recognizing interesting fragrances, they will learn about some of the key materials used in perfumery as well as the basics of fragrance composition.
    They will also explore classical and contemporary niche fragrances and draw their own fragrance map. The session will be concluded with smelling exercises tailored for every participant so that they can practice at home to keep their sense of smell sharp.

  • Noon – 14:00 — Lunch (not included in the price of the package)
  • Afternoon — Personal time
  • 20:00 — Farewell dinner

April 22: Departure

This schedule may be slightly modified depending on the number of participants, the weather, and other conditions. The changes will affect neither Victoria's lectures and workshops nor the visits to the wineries.

Lecturers

Victoria Frolova

Lecturer

Victoria Frolova is a journalist and a fragrance specialist. After pursuing her graduate degree in political science at Yale University and later at Duke, she stepped into the labs of International Flavors & Fragrances and received an opportunity to learn the intricate art of perfumery at the source. Inspired by her mentor, Sophia Grojsman, the creator of legends like Yves Saint Laurent Paris and Calvin Klein Eternity, she studied fragrance chemistry, history and composition.

Frolova’s writing has appeared in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, ELLE, Red Magazine, Marie Claire, and Flair. She’s a longstanding contributing writer to Perfumer & Flavorist and The Financial Times “How to Spend It” Magazine. Her explorations of scent touch upon all elements that make this subject rich and complex — science, art, literature, history, and culture.

The editor of boisdejasmin.com, website devoted to sensory pursuits, Frolova is a recipient of three Fragrance Foundation FiFi Awards for Editorial Excellence and is a member of Société Française des Parfumeurs (French Society of Perfumers). She lives in Brussels and conducts scent seminars around the world.

Natalia Salivonchik

Guide

Natalia has lived in Burgundy since 2005. She is a certified tourist guide and a wine expert in France. She received a Specialised Master's degree in Wine Sciences and International Trade (AgroSup: Higher National Institute in Agronomic Sciences in the Food Industry, Dijon in partnership with the CFPPA, Beaune) in 2009.

In 2016 she became a Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology and History of Art), having graduated from the University of Dijon.

Natalia guides tours in Burgundy, Champagne, Alsace, Franche-Comte, Rhone-Alps and Bordeaux. She also organizes gastronomic and wine tours. Natalia has always been in love with France and French culture, and having lived in Dijon for eleven years she is still amazed with the beauty of this land.

Logistics & pricing

Logistics & pricing

The Art of Perfume course will take place in Сhâteau Le Sallay , some buildings of which date back to 1506. In spite of its considerable age, this is a four-star hotel in great condition. Single, double, triple and quadruple rooms are available.

The hotel is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Paris, or a two-hour train ride from the Bercy Station (Gare de Bercy). The train goes as far as Nevers, Burgundy, where you take a taxi for 20 €, and in 20 minutes you are on site. We can organize a group transfer at the request of 5-6 people, who will arrive in Paris approximately at the same time.

An additional program will be planned for those participants willing to spend more than 3 days in Burgundy. We will announce the details later.

Prices

APRIL 18-22
€2,500 for 1 person occupying a double room.*
€4,300 for 2 people sharing a double room.*

APRIL 15-22
€3,700 for 1 person occupying a double room.*
€5,800 for 2 people sharing a double room.*

*This cost includes accommodation, courses, breakfast.

Senses & Vacation

Senses & Vacation

Senses&Vacation is an educational project aimed at introducing its participants to new ideas and sharing experience while visiting the most picturesque places.

We created this program for those who would like to turn their passion of learning interesting things into a vacation, spend their free time nice and profitably with comfort and likeminded people, enjoying every minute of it.

Our lecturers and speakers are leading experts in very unusual fields of humane knowledge – development of senses. They can smell, taste, cook, design and guide better than most ordinary people, and they can and are eager to share their knowledge with other people, among whom you can be. Our program participants are people of different professional backgrounds and residents of different countries. But all of them are united by a common interest and passion.

We choose the most interesting spots in Europe for our senses and vacation courses, and we make sure that the schedule leaves you plenty of time for activities and guided tours to local attractions. You will not only have a good time but also learn loads of interesting things from our lecturers and guides; you will have an opportunity to meet people from different countries of the world who share your interests, and perhaps this communication will grow into a friendship.

Reviews

"So it’s serious news that Turin will be one of two principal lecturers at The Secret of Scent, a three-day residential course in Luberon, hosted from October 20 to 24 by Science & Vacation, a company that specialises in luxury learning with a scientific bent. Also speaking scent will be the course’s other founder Victoria Frolova, fragrance expert and How To Spend It contributor, who will delve into perfume’s history and how it is created now, while offering a rare opportunity to sniff recherché vintage formulas."
Oh, it was just awesome, in all ways! The opportunity to be in the presence of these fine, highly intelligent and generous people was one of the highlights of my year! SO glad it worked out.
Marion Niedringhaus
Thank you so very much for hosting an interesting and organized event!  I learned a great deal, met wonderful people, and enjoyed the French countryside
Jana Menard
Perfume is more than the experience of ethereal  fragrances.  It is history, chemistry, exotic (and mundane) materials, physics,  biology and, of course, your nose and preferences.  Sergy and Katya produced a fabulous course that took participants through perfume's history, its luminaries, its challenges and its successes.  We experienced perfumes almost 100 years old.  We experienced novel and avant-garde perfumes. And we learned about the sense of smell, down to the biophysics level.  We applied this experience and knowledge to create our own personal, wonderful  fragrance base.  The course also took us a short way down another scent road - wine tasting, but this is a story for another time.
David Burns
Science & Vacation “The Secret of Scent” was my #1 travel experience in 2016 – and one of my top 10 ever! As a perfume lover, a perfume blog junkie and a Luca Turin science groupie, this class hit all the right notes! Location in the Luberon was gorgeous with lots of wonderful places to explore in Provence. And the parfums… OMG! Victoria was incredibly generous in sharing her vintage parfums that may be a once in a life time opportunity to smell, parfum classics like Jicky and Mitsuko and so many others! And Luca’s science lectures on how smell works and the chemistry of synthetics, esp musks, was as fascinating as you would expect from the irreverent and articulate Luca Turin! If you love parfums, are addicted to the perfume blogs and you love travel, Science & Vacation are for you! I loved this class so much I have already reserved my spot for the 2017 class!
Debra Dout