Founded in 1976,

Cinquieme Sens is a certified training center open to professionals in the fragrance industry and private individuals passionate about perfume.

Cinquieme Sens has developed a method of olfactory training, from the initial stages through to perfume creation, based on the teachings of Jean Carles.

We have almost 40 years of experience and innovation serving companies, and every year we train 500 directors, executives, marketers, trainers, sales representatives, and production technicians.

Our methods and our tools are used by numerous brands.

Our strength

  • Flexible training : in-depth or short courses available.
  • Each course can be adapted and taken as a private lesson
  • Private lessons available in English
  • Taught by perfumers in a place of exchange between professionals and individuals, in the heart of Paris

Two training courses that are ideal to enter the world of professional perfumery and immerse yourself in the language of fragrances, raw materials and perfumes.

Training Theme Duration View
Introduction to the techniques and the language of perfumery A stroll through the universe of perfume, from the origin of raw materials to the classification of perfumes 2 days
Olfactory Improvement Study of the main raw materials for each facet, illustrated by the most representative perfumes 4 days

An immersion
in the world of perfumery

Training Theme Duration View
Summer School An immersion
in the world of perfumery
5 days
Summer School An immersion
in the world of perfumery
10 days

Training courses on perfume, trends, market leaders, new products, brands and the history of perfumery. A global overview of the very exclusive perfume market in France and throughout the world.

Training Theme Duration View
A Century of Women’s / Men’s perfumes Retrospective of perfume since the beginning of the 19th century 2 days
Study of the Top 20 France An olfactory and visual study of the Top 20 on the feminine and masculine fragrance market 1 day
Study of the Top 10 World An olfactory and visual of the top 10 in different world countries (study of 4 geographical areas) 1 day
Olfactive Trends Study of trends in last 3 years 1 day
Perfume Launches An olfactory and marketing study of all of the year’s launches 1 day
The Confidential Perfumery France A study of the emotional and olfactory world of the main french niche brands 1 day
World Tour of the Confidential Perfumery A study of the emotional and olfactory world of the main world niche brands 1 day
Collection - Haute Parfumerie A study of the emotional and olfactory world of the main private collections 1 day
The Fragrance Sales Program Mastery of key skills for emotional counseling in the sale of perfume 2 day

In-company training or private session

Module Theme Duration View
A journey through a olfactory family Study of the evolution of an olfactory family 1 day
Olfactory territory brands A study of the emotional and olfactory perfume of a brand -

A comprehensive curriculum to better understand the profession of perfumer-creator and to potentially become a ‘nose.’ From the knowledge of raw materials to the formulation of perfumes.

Levels Training Theme Duration View
Level 1 Expertise to perfumery techniques and the language of scents Complete immersion in the perfumery universe, from the origin of raw materials to perfume classification 4 days
Level 2 Introduction to the chemistry of perfumes A few notions of chemistry applied to perfumery 1 day
Level 2 Raw Materials Complete study of raw materials by theme 9 days
Level 3 Laboratory introduction and Quality control Understand laboratory notions and quality control. Training only available in French 1 day
Level 3 Formulation Workshop Formulate, create and evaluate in order to master the construction of major fragrances 18 days

Training Theme Duration View
From the idea to the product Presentation of the key steps in developing a fragrance, from the idea to the bottle. 1 day
The Fragrance Development Program Comprehension and method of fragrance development steps and key success factor of a launch 1 day

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Cinquième Sens offers various short courses allowing you to continue with your work or other activities while training. Consult our brochure.



?Do the courses lead to a qualification?
The training is not a diploma but we issue a certificate of training, recognized in the profession.
?Are the courses open to everyone or is there an entrance exam?
Our training is open to all. There are different levels and it is advisable to start with Level 1 if you have no previous experience.
?Are customized courses and / or private classes available?
?Is there an age limit for the courses? including the Discovery day training?
Our courses are available from 14 years alone (and from 8 years accompanied).
?How long can an olfactorium be kept?
Raw materials away from light and heat may well be kept for 2 years.
?Which organizations can help me to finance my training?
If your training is not supported by your employer as part of the SRI, you can apply to organizations such as Fongécif.
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