A rare opportunity to study with Ayala Moriel - a master and world-leader of modern Natural Perfumery - and truly immerse yourself in the world of perfumery, from the comfort of your own home.
This course is a mandatory introductory course to all new students, and focuses on the basic lab skills (tincturing, dilutions, measuring, weighing, recording) through studying the earliest form of European/Western perfumes: Aqua Mirabillis AKA Eaux de Colognes.
You'll really enjoy discovering historic formulae, as well as learning about the unique properties of the citrus oils in body care and cleaning products (functional perfumery), learn a bit about organic chemistry, and - the biggest challenge of all: learn to discern between the sutble nuances that differentiate the many varieties of citrus oils, i.e. red mandarin vs. yellow mandarin; grapefruit vs. bergamot; lemon vs. lime; sweet orange vs. bitter orange.
The main objectives and topics that will be covered this course: olfaction (studying the raw materials), how to follow an existing formula, scale-up, how to write a formula, building cologne-type accords and creating simple solid perfumes, as well as cologne and citrus formulation in an alcohol base.
Featured Lecture: The Role of Citrus Oils in Functional Fragrances
Featured (Practical) Workshop: Tincturing citrus zest and citrus leaves
This unique program uses multiple learning and teaching modalities and offers support for distant learning, enabling you to fit the perfume school experience into your personal schedule with more flexibility and ease. In addition to written course materials and exercises that are the same as you would experience in person at the week-long intensive masterclasses at Ayala Moriel's studio, you will have access to: Weekly zoom classes (that are also recorded), instructional videos (for some of the classes - this component of the program is still in development), online support group for students where you can post questions on assignments and share your accomplishments and process (membership in those groups extends beyond the duration of the course, so you can get to meet new alumni from all over the world, and share the knowledge you've gained).
Another advantage of this program is that it is slower paced, allowing time for the student to digest and integrate the materials learned, as well as compose and let the perfumes mature and develop from session to session.
Study at your own pace and space with this unique program tailored to self-study, that will guide you through the course's textbook, "Foundation of Natural Perfumery" (purchase the book separately). This program is more flexible, as it allows you to choose which modules to study in person at the studio, and which ones to study remotely.
This session covers studying the raw materials, perfume structure, how to blend a formula, how to write a formula, building accords and creating simple solid perfumes, and basic Oriental formulation in an alcohol base. Featured workshops: Incense Making Workshop (Indian-style incense cones or Ancient Egyptian Kyphi).
Course Schedule and Structure:
The course runs for 12 weeks (3 months), with weekly sessions on Zoom at regular times. Each session runs for 1.5hrs, with time for olfactive studies, lecture and Q&A for students to address problem-solving, feedback for assignments, etc.
The fee includes all aspects of participation, except for the raw materials. These must be purchased separately (you will receive a list of materials once you've registered to the course). If you require assistance with sourcing, contact us for a customized essences kit (available for students only).
While you can register for the correspondence courses anytime, participation in the live classes is available only at specific dates and times. It is recommended to register well in advance so you have time to get set up with all the materials, and can benefit fully from the live classes.
Alternatively, you can study and progress at your own pace and watch only the recordings (if you're unable to attend the live class time).
The written materials (or self-study guide) includes:
We recommend that you also purchase the essences kit we've designed for this module, which are the raw materials unique to each module, and which are important for completing the practical components of the course.
Prerequisites: Must have completed the Citrus & Colognes Week and/or Lab 101, Chypre and/or Fougère courses.
It is important that you take the modules in the order that they are offered, as follows: