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Natural Perfume Making Workshop

Have you ever wondered how to harvest the fragrance of a flower or capture the irresistible aroma of sandalwood? Then this Hands-On Workshop is for you! Join us and learn how people in past times collected, preserved and blended botanical extracts for cosmetic purposes. See the entire process from start to finish – then enjoy a scent sampling of irresistible aromas. Each participant will learn to mix and bottle their own unique creation. All bottles are glass and sealed with a cork and red wax. Perfume Ingredients are all-natural, holistic, organic and pharmaceutical grade. All materials provided.

Our Garden continues to follow CDC recommendations and state guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Properly worn masks are strongly recommended for indoor class participants regardless of vaccination status. The Garden reserves the right to implement additional safety measures. Any updates will be communicated prior to class, if possible.

All programs subject to change.

Register Member $48

Register Non-Member $58

Saturday, May 13, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Details

Rebecca Suerdieck Common Scents Natural Perfume Making WorkshopMeet the instructor

Rebecca Suerdieck is a Virginia Historian and Educator of Domestic Arts. She grew up in Colonial Williamsburg and worked there for many years, winning several awards for her unique contributions to the preservation of forgotten stories. Her favorite thing to do is to study household manuals and recipe collections from the 18th and 19th century, demonstrate homemaking skills which were once in common daily use, and share her research with anyone who will listen.

Natural cosmetics have always fascinated her and she reads anything she can find on the subject. When research alone wasn’t enough, she decided to actually follow the instructions from a handwritten manuscript discovered in a rare books library. This experiment turned into a passion, and she has now successfully produced the fragrances once worn by Dolley Madison and George Washington.

Little by little, her niche in natural perfumery has grown. She now specializes in hand-made, all-natural and historically-accurate scents. She continues to investigate the flowers grown in Virginia for the purposes of distilling into “floral waters” and plans to add those to her collection. With the growing interest in natural health, plant-based and chemical-free living, her perfumes and workshops are on-trend and in demand. Rebecca has led demonstrations and hosted workshops at many historic properties in Virginia and she is delighted to be invited to teach at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.