Open Sessions: AUGUST @ The Institute for Art and Olfaction, Los Angeles [from 2 to 30 August]

Open Sessions: AUGUST

2 - 30
17:00 - 20:00

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The Institute for Art and Olfaction
932 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, California 90012
This we guarantee: Blending perfume is not only fun, but creative, challenging and — sometimes — downright relaxing. We can't promise you'll make the next Chanel No. 5, but we can guarantee that you'll come away with a healthy respect for the art, science and skill it takes to make a good scent. Come find out for yourself at The Institute for Art and Olfaction’s public open sessions.


In our informal weekly open sessions, you will tinker with perfumery materials in a casual, social setting. We have a great selection of natural and synthetic aromamolecules, perfumer’s alcohol, beakers and droppers, scent strips and bottles… Everything you’d need to start or develop your experiments with perfumery.

+ Please note that this is a knowledge-share environment, not a formal class. What you learn, you will learn by experimentation, your peers, and — of course — some light guidance.

+ If you are interested in formal classes, please visit our calendar to see what we have coming up.

+ Please review our refund policy before signing up for a session!

+ Due to limited space, we operate on a strict reservation basis. Please be sure to reserve your spot in advance!


Intro Session: $45.00

This includes the use of our labware, glassware, pipettes, scent strips, and your choice of five 1 dram vials of aromamolecules to work with. You can buy extra materials on site, at the prices below.

Returning Students: $8.50 + A la carte

Returning students simply pay a lab fee, and any materials they use. You can purchase as many – or as few – as you desire, and of course can also bring materials from home.

Materials (beyond what is included in the intro session fee) are available for purchase on site.

5.8 dram vial: $3.50
1 dram vial: $5.00

We accept cash, paypal or credit cards. If paying by cash, bring small bills.

Please note that whether or not you have attended before, you must reserve your space in advance. If you just show up without reserving a spot, there is no guarantee we will be able to accommodate you. All levels are welcome, but our open sessions are 18 and up (or 14+, with adult supervision).


First timers: 5:00 pm-8:00 pm, Wednesdays

We hold these sessions at the IAO headquarters in Chinatown. Visit our directions page for access information + parking.

Returning students: 4:00pm — 8:00pm, Wednesdays

Returning students are invited to come early. Don't forget to bring your vials!


Our open sessions are fulfilling our mission to create public access to materials and learning around perfumery. We invite the public to come in and experiment with scent in these lightly guided open sessions in our functional perfumery laboratory.

For first-timers: Upon first arrival, there is a 10 minute lab orientation and safety session. You will be provided a confirmation of receipt paper, which we will ask you to sign, as well as a release of liability form. We will be keeping these on file, so you do not have to take the orientation session more than once.

Once that’s done, we invite you to spend some time smelling what we have in our student organ. When you’ve decided which scents you’d like to work with, we’ll make your vials and set you up at a work station with your materials.

You can take the vials home, of course, as well as anything you make during your session.

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