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Open Sessions: August

The Institute for Art and Olfaction

Weekly Event - Every Wednesday: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

Open Sessions: August

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Come experiment with making perfume at The Institute for Art and Olfaction’s weekly drop-in public open sessions. Due to limited space, we operate on a strict reservation basis. You MUST reserve your spot in advance!


In our informal weekly open sessions, you will learn, socialize and relax while you tinker with perfumery materials. We have a growing 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 and your peers (with some guidance, of course).


Intro Session: $35.00

This includes the use of our labware, glassware, pipettes, mouillettes, one 10ml bottle per person, 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: $6.50 + 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. The materials costs are below.

Materials Costs:

Materials beyond what is included in the intro session fee** are available for purchase.
1 dram vial: $5.00
2 dram vial: $8.00

** Covers use of beakers, pipettes, mouillettes, and 5 one-dram vials of aromamolecules of your choosing.

We are now also selling small packs of pipettes, scent strips and beakers to take home.

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.

Maximum capacity is 10 people, all levels are welcome, but our open sessions are 18 and up (or 14+, with adult supervision).


5:30 pm-8:30 pm, Wednesdays in August

We hold these sessions at the IAO headquarters in Koreatown.

The street address is: 3023 West 6th St, Los Angeles CA 90020

Visit our directions page for access information + parking.


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.


Questions? Email us at hello@artandolfaction.com

Have questions about Open Sessions: August? Contact The Institute for Art and Olfaction


The Institute for Art and Olfaction
3023 W. 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

Weekly Event - Every Wednesday: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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The Institute for Art and Olfaction

The Insitute for Art and Olfaction is devoted to creative experimentation with a focus on scent. Our goal is to create new points of entry for people interested in the field of olfaction, while accommodating creative ideas in all mediums.

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