Creating employment opportunities within the Indian Fragrance Industry for the visually impaired


The work of COFVI is featured on the BBC Business Live

Radio – BBC World

BBC World spoke to Director of CPL Aromas India, Sheetal Desai about how COFVI is changing lives in India.

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TV – BBC TV Live

BBC Business Live interviewed CPL Aromas UK Creative Director and Perfumer, Angela Stavrevska about the exciting journey COFVI has been on.

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V.G Vaze College in Mumbai


The directors of CPL Aromas have taken the opportunity to visit the COFVI project at the V.G Vaze College in Mumbai whilst attending a board meeting at CPL India.

These students are the 3rd batch of visually impaired pupils training to become experts in the Perfumery Industry.The first graduates went on to find work in the fragrance industry and CPL Aromas is hoping to work with partners in the industry and beyond to establish employment opportunities for the current students who will graduate next year.

Group CEO Chris Pickthall remarked “We are all incredibly inspired to witness the enthusiasm of these students who are so talented and have so much to offer our industry.”



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COFVI Students – fragrance sampling



The visually impaired are more likely to possess a heightened smelling ability in comparison with the normally sighted.

VOL. 37 February 2012

COFVI Students – graduation ceremony

COFVI is a unique education initiative in Mumbai, India, funded by Fragrance industry partners.

Research conducted by CPL Aromas and the Blind Person Association (Mumbai) clearly showed significantly heightened levels of odour perception in the visually impaired.

Based on these findings the Department of Cosmetics and Perfumery, V.G. Vaze College in Mumbai agreed  to create a perfumery course designed to give visually impaired students the basic skills and training needed to work in the fragrance industry.

On completion of the program, students have been successful in finding full time placements in the fragrance industry in India.

The initiative continues to be a success with more students enrolled, providing tangible results and demonstrating the exceptional abilities of the visually impaired in identifying and distinguishing complex odours.

COFVI hopes that this initiative will inspire Fragrance Houses throughout the world to consider training  and employing the visually impaired.


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For more information please email: or call +919819600119

COFVI (College of Fragrances for the Visually Impaired)
c/o. VG Vaze College of Arts Science and Commerce
Mithagar Road
East Mumbai