August 5, 2017
On Thursday, July 13th, I attend a special Perfumery Launch Party at FlowerSchool New York presented by Sniffapalooza.
Entrance to FlowerSchool New York
FlowerSchool New York is the most prestigious school for the floral arts and flower design, offering design and arrangement classes for the enthusiast right up to the professional in New York City.
Stephen Dirkes of Euphorium Brooklyn
After thirteen years of celebrating all things floral, FlowerSchool New York has expanded its programs and now offers perfumery classes that delve into the nuances of scent with some of the top fragrance perfumers and specialists. Past perfumers who have participated include: Christophe Laudamiel, Maestro Fabio Luisi, and Cecile Zarokian. Stephen Dirkes of Euphorium Brooklyn is the fourth to join the faculty.
Michelle Gagnon, Calvert Crary, Stephen Dirkes and Karen Dubin
Karen Dubin, Founder & Director of Sniffapalooza, welcomed us and made introductions. Calvert Crary, the Executive Director of FlowerSchool New York followed and gave an overview of the evening's event which was dedicated to presenting the upcoming series of classes and articulating the school's mission which is to celebrate great floral design and designers and enhance one's life through flowers.
The Perfume Library: Stephen Dirkes gave an overview of his upcoming eight-part foundation course, The Perfume Library. This is the first time FlowerSchool New York has offered a full course of perfumery classes. The first four classes cover Citrus, Floral, Amber, Woods, and Spice. The second four are White Floral, Aromatic, Gourmand, and Leather. They are dedicated to being "stand alone" classes designed to work with the first four classes to create more sophisticated accords.
Photo Tal Shpantzer Courtesy of Stephen Dirkes
Stephen Dirkes followed with an engaging detailed deconstruction of his most recent creation, Butterfly, along with Petales. Blotters were passed around to experience and discuss the two scents. I will attend one of the upcoming classes and give a detailed report here; most likely Amber and Woods; perfect for cooler weather.
Michelle Gagnon of MKG Bio Alchemy
Botanical Beauty: Skincare Blending Workshop with Michelle Gagnon-Michelle Gagnon, bio chemist and the founder of MKG Bio Alchemy, specializes in creating signature aromatic formulations using 100% naturally derived botanical ingredients. Michelle's formulations are crafted in small batches and hand poured into Miron violet glass bottles to maximize the longevity of their living ingredients. She presented her newest product, a Face Oil, discussed her creative process, and her work at Enfleurage (since 2012 the well-known fragrance boutique).
MKG Bio Alchemy Display
For her class, Michelle Gagnon plans to focus on precious select essential oils like Sandalwood, Geranium, Sea Buckthorn and Carrot Seed (which help the skin recover from the sun's damage) and the lands of which these oils are native to, their traditional use in culture, and the many health benefits they provide today. Participants take home the collection of curated oils, and either a custom body or bath oil.
Calvert Crary or PerfumeSchool New York
Calvert Crary closed the event with a masterful demonstration on how to create a floral arrangement along with a brief Q&A.
To register for classes visit: https://www.flowerschoolny.com/curriculum/courses/perfumeschool/ or call 212-661-8074.
FlowerSchool New York, 213 West 14th St, between 7th and 8th Avenues.
–Hernando Courtright, Sr Contributor and Brand Ambassador
all photos by Hernando unless otherwise specified
Thanks to the generosity of Euphorium Brooklyn, we will be offering a reader a choice of one of Euphorium Brooklyn's fragrance or Discovery set. To be eligible you must be a registered reader in the CON USA (you have to do this folks) and leave a comment with what you enjoyed about Hernando’s report, if you plan to attend a class, if you could which one and your choice of a 50 ml Euphorium Brooklyn EDP which includes Butterfly, Wald, Usar, Petales, Cilice, 100 Tweeds, Chocolatl, or Suedois
Editor’s Note: We have reviewed many Euphorium Brooklyn fragrances and Hernando and I were very happy to introduce Stephen Dirkes of Euphorium Brooklyn to Sniffapalooza. We wish him success with the Perfume Library classes at the FlowerSchool. FYI: Butterfly was reviewed by Contributing Editor Robert Herrmann here in 2017 and in 2015 former Contributor Steve Johnson reviewed Cilice.