Le Parfumeur Rebelle, its editors and contributors, cannot stress enough how important a solid natural and botanical perfumery education can be for those who wish to be natural and botanical perfumers. Most are self-taught (myself included) through intensive book study and olfactory training, or by joining more structured blending groups that offer free and valuable information, but there are plenty of wonderful education resources for those who wish to fast track their education, and spend more than a few dollars for it.
Here are LPR's recommendations:
Ayala Moriel Perfumes
1230 Haro St., Buzz #295
Class: Foundation to Natural Perfumery Course
Natural Perfumery & Exotics
219 Carl Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
March 14-16, 2008
Perfume Classes by Kedra Hart
Grasse Institute of Perfumery
Natural & Summer School Courses
Here are some great books for those who choose the self-taught path:
William Kaufman's 'Perfume'
G.W. Septimus Piesse
'The Art of Perfumery, and Method of Obtaining the Odors of Plants'
'Perfume & Flavor Materials of Natural Origin'
'Science and Art of Perfumery'
William A. Poucher, Ph.C.
'Perfumes, Cosmetics & Soaps
'Book of Perfumes'
Elizabeth Barille & Catherine Laroze
'The Book of Perfume'
David H. Pybus & Charles S. Sell
'The Chemistry of Fragrances'
'Perfume Legends; French Feminine Fragrance
Richard le Gallienne
'The Romance of Perfume'
'Cosmetics, Fragrances & Flavors; Their Formulation & Preparation'
Well, there are more. Many more. But this should help to get you started.