Botanicals & Flower Extracts for Perfumery, Cosmetics & Wellbeing. Live event, Day one: May 27th 2023 9.30 am to 5 pm
In this unique and one of a kind workshop, students will get to taste, see, play, smell and experience the wonder and journeys of the world of flowers.
Alice's background as a perfumer and aromatherapist led her to a deep fascination for these incredible gems of color and scent. She ongoingly extracted these magical expressions of nature’s gift during 17 years of hands-on experience for taste, aromas, and medicine. Further down the road, she discovered their capacity to heal the emotional patterns and blockages in humans and animals with the use of flower essences and aromatherapy.
In these two days of intensive workshop, (2 Saturdays in a row) Alice will share her knowledge of the various traditional and modern processes for optimal botanical & flower extractions. This workshop is also designed to create a space for people to be introduced to techniques that are slowly disappearing with time.
Day one description:
Alchemy of flowers gems of the plant kingdom
Flowers are the most ethereal expression of Nature, they are the beauty and the promises of a new seed, a new future. In the alchemical world, they are related to the sun, the ether, and the Gemstones of the natural world. They are the expression of the lighter realm, the hidden world, and the vulnerability. We will explore their place in the natural kingdom and eco-system, the spiritual world and the emotional impact on humans and animals.
Harvest and Biodynamic calendar
The were offs of harvesting and planting flowers and aromatics, the understanding of the biodynamic calendar and the cosmic forces. Based on Rudolf Steiner’s incredible knowledge of the cosmic influences on agriculture and the natural cycles. Students will be introduced to a deeper understanding of the biodynamic calendar.
Propagation, collecting and drying of plants
Drying and preserving herbs is an art. Students will be given techniques for collecting and drying as well as how to best preserve the environment.
The goal of this class is to enable students to work from the raw materials through to the finished product. Alice, a master in the art of botanical extractions, will also teach how to sustainably harvest the plants, the correspondence in the Biodynamic calendar as well as how to extract specific molecules (each solvent corresponding to a signature quality in a plant) for specific healing usages. These botanical extracts are a perfect base for making quality medicinal and cosmetic products as well as skin condition topicals. Several topics such as resinoids, roots, leaves, seeds and flowers will be treated separately with their corresponding techniques.
Botanical Extracts: the foundations for cosmetic and medicinal grade botanical extracts- tinctures, glycerites, oximels, oil extractions, resin extractions
Harvesting and the Biodynamic calendar
The specifics of harvesting and planting flowers and aromatics, the understanding of the biodynamic calendar, and the cosmic forces. Based on Rudolf Steiner’s incredible knowledge of the cosmic influences on agriculture and the natural cycles, students will be introduced to a deeper understanding of the biodynamic calendar.
Propagation, collection, and drying of plants
Drying and preserving herbs is an art. Students will be given techniques for collecting and drying, as well as how to best preserve the environment.
Oils and glycerites
Warm and cold processes and techniques. Students will be taught the math behind creating proper medicinal, culinary and cosmetic grade glycerin and oil extracts. A range of health related and cosmetically prized plants will be presented; giving the students a hands-on experience for making their customised botanical extracts themselves.
Other topics and extraction techniques will be covered such oximels, percolation, concoctions, vinegar extractions and the principals of CO2 extraction. Exceptional CO2 extracts will be passed out.
Alice will guide students throughout the program to make their own extracts and start defining their creation and blends goals during the online classes and private consultation. If you would like to benefit from this and be part of the complete program, click here to find out more.
On day one, students will receive a thorough handout, a 1 oz featured botanical tincture, as well as their own customised oil extract, and glycerite. This class is mainly designed for cosmetic, topical, and perfume formulators as well as estheticians interested in developing their line of botanical treatments.
Often people see tinctures as strictly medicinal extracts used in herbal therapy, nevertheless, tinctures can be amazing bases for perfumery blends. Repeated extraction processes, solvent choices as well delicate and gentle methods will bridge the realm of flower and botanical extraction with the art of aromatherapy. Students will create a custom aromatherapy blend to match the artisan crafted alcohol extract presented that day.
Students will on day one will bring home a thorough hand out as well as a 1 oz bottle of medicinal tincture, a 1/2 oz of floral perfume grade tincture as well as a custom made 8 oz oil and organic glycerin botanical extract. A $35 material fee will be asked at the door.