Grasse Institute of Perfumery / ASFO Grasse
48, avenue Riou Blanquet – BP 21017
06131 GRASSE Cedex – France
Tel  : 04 92 42 34 90
Fax  : 04 92 42 34 95

Grasse Institute of Perfumery

A division of ASFO Grasse

The knowledge and the secrets of the fragrant plants and the creation persist from generation to generation in Grasse. The GIP was founded in 2002 by PRODAROM – the French Trade Union of Fragrance Manufacturers from the desire to transmit this living heritage by sharing it with passionate people.

Our school was built on two important topics: Passion and Experience. In our program, we favor small groups and attach great importance to lab practice. The training is not academic: each lecturer is a professional, having worked in the industry for many years.

With more than 1100 trainees and 70 different nationalities, received during the last 15 years, the Grasse Institute of Perfumery wants to shine the art of Perfumery and its birthplace Grasse with people willing to learn. Grasse, was officially awarded in 2018 “World Heritage Status”, joining UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Grasse’s unique perfumery « savoir-faire » includes the cultivation of perfume plants, the knowledge and processing of natural raw materials, and the art of perfume composition.

The school takes place in a comfortable and amazing environment. It is located five minutes from the historical town centre, in an early 20th century Provencal style house, which was a perfumer’s house in the past.


Fragrance training courses delivered in English :

·      Technical Assistant in Fragrance, Flavor and Cosmetic (6 months)

·      International Technical Degree in Fragrance Creation and Sensory Evaluation (12 months)  


International Technical Degree in Fragrance Creation and Sensory Evaluation (12 months)

  • During 12 months (plus 3 to 6 months of in­ternship). From January to December with a break from mid-July to end of August.
  • Limited to 12 students / year. Students are selected on file, test and interview. Min level for entry is Bachelor.
  • 80% of the training time will be devoted to laboratory work, encouraging an interactive pedagogy, insisting on practical work.
  • Coupled with conferences about the fragrance industry and creation in order to develop the self-sufficiency of each student.
  • Coupled with visits to growers (rose, laven­der, jasmine...) and manufacturers.
  • Sponsored each year by a local or interna­tional company (Some examples of former sponsors : Givaudan, Firmenich, IFF, Mane, Robertet...)
  • The sponsor delivers a fragrance development project to realize during the 4 last months.


Some general features

  • The history of perfumery
  • The chemistry of perfume
  • The sense of smell
  • Vocabulary of perfume

An apprenticeship in raw materials and olfaction

  • Natural raw materials
  • Synthetic raw materials


  • Olfactory recognition
  • Creating accords
  • The Structure of a perfume
  • Study of the main olfactory groups and subgroups and the leading perfumes (genealogy and evaluation)


  • The creation process of present day perfumes
  • The creation by olfactory imitation
  • The tools used to analyse the constituents of perfume
  • Creation

The application within functional perfumery


  • Perfume and cosmetic legislation
  • The marketing of perfumery
  • Sites visits
  • Fragrance development project
Les formations proposées
International Technical Degree in Fragrance Creation and Sensory Evaluation
Technical Assistant in Fragrance, Flavor and Cosmetic
Message from the Director

L’ASFO-GRASSE assiste donc les entreprises de la chimie fine à tous les niveaux du cycle de gestion prévisionnelle des emplois et des compétences :

  • En réalisant des études sur l’emploi et la qualification (en partenariat avec la DIRECCTE, le pôle PASS)
  • En participant au recrutement et à la qualification des futurs salariés de la branche (formations en alternance)
  • En participant à l’amélioration des connaissances et des compétences des salariés en poste (formation continue, compte personnel de formation)
  • En permettant à certains salariés d’acquérir des titres ou des diplômes (Congé Individuel de Formation, aide à la VAE)
  • En intervenant en période difficile pour anticiper les mutations industrielles et préparer les transitions professionnelles
  • En participant à la réinsertion des demandeurs d’emploi (en partenariat avec le pôle Emploi et le Conseil Régional PACA)
  • En faisant rayonner au niveau international la notoriété de Grasse, capitale de la Parfumerie, au travers de l’Ecole Internationale de Parfumerie : Grasse Institute of Perfumery.

Alain Ferro