Incense & Perfumery for Witches

Join Melissa Madara for this fascinating breakdown of the chemistry and the craft of incense and perfumery!

Hydrosols, essential oils, tinctures, incense, and spagyrics- all useful tools for the herbalist, perfumer, and witch. While the preparation of these applications can seem daunting, they unlock the door to exploring the truly refined essences of plants and flowers.

In this lecture, students will encounter these preparations with detailed explanations of procedure, chemistry, and craft, accompanied by a look at the intersection of perfume, incense, and magic in history. We will be exploring a variety of fragrance-capturing processes, as well as step-by-step methods for creating your own hand-blended perfumes at home!


Melissa Madara is a witch, storyteller, botanist, and co-owner at Catland Books. Their work deals with the healing power of myth, divination, and immersion in the natural world. They are a teacher at Catland Books and numerous other metaphysical spaces in NYC, and are available for herbal consultations, tarot, and magical coaching by appointment. Find their interviews in the New York Times, Vice, Broadly, Teen Vogue, or Refinery 29, or see Melissa's published works in Fiddler's Green, Venefica Magazine, or their upcoming book, The Witch's Feast (October 2021).