Ayala Moriel Parfums

Art of Perfumery Online Course #7: Leather/Tobacco


Ayala Moriel Parfums

Art of Perfumery Online Course #7: Leather/Tobacco


Leather & Tobacco is a new advanced correspondence course, dedicated to the most intriguing and quirky fragrance family. It is offered to advanced students only. This was designed to be one of the last courses in the Foundation of Natural Perfumery training program, and is now offered in the correspondence format for the first time. 
This is 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. 

In this course, we will first explore the joint chapter in history of perfumery and leather tanning, and the traditional formulations that were born from that. We'll explore techniques for scenting leathery objects, study the difference between Spanish and Russian leathers, and will venture into the history of curing and flavouring tobacco and the influences of these practices on the emergence of the Tobacco-type fragrances. 

The Autumn session covers studying the raw materials unique to this genre, the history of the Leather and Tobacco perfume genre, as well as concepts such as perfume structures, how to blend an alcohol based perfume, how to write a formula, building leathery and tobacco accords, as well two representative formulas of each Leathery and Tobacco perfumes, both in an alcohol base. And fo course, we will formulate modern and natural perfumes from both the Tobacco and Leather categories, including vegan alternatives that will remain true to the genre. 

Feature workshop: Scenting Leather 
Feature lecture: Flavouring Tobacco

Dates: September-December, 2022

Prerequisites: Must have read the book and completed Citrus & Cologned and/or Lab 101, Fougère, Chypre and Opulent courses. 

Correspondence Course Format

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) and additional complementary texts tailored for this course specifically.
This program is more flexible, however, it is important that you take the modules in the order that they are offered, as follows (with some flexibility in the advanced courses, i.e. from the 6th course onwards):

  1. Citrus & Colognes + Lab 101
  2. Fougere
  3. Chypre
  4. Opulent
  5. Floramber
  6. Floral Bouquets
  7. Soliflores
  8. Leather & Tobacco
  9. Aquatic & Marine/Oceanic

You can register for the correspondence courses anytime, and complete the entire 8-module program at your own pace. Studying will progress according to the self-study guide that will be sent to you upon registration, which will include:

  1. List of raw materials that are key components for this particular genre (AKA Fragrance Family)
  2. List of tools and equipment you will need for this module 
  3. List of the exercises in the book, and in which order to perform them
  4. Additional reading materials and links to relevant suppliers 
  5. Additional creative thinking and exercises that are not in the book, and usually take place at the week-long sessions at the studio. 
  6. Online support via the Facebook support group for Leather & Tobacco students.  
  7. Future component of the correspondence program (still in the making): Access to online video tutorials 
  8. Receive personal, in-depth, insightful feedback for the perfumes you've created as the practical assignments in each course

We recommend that you also purchase the sample fragrances we've designed for this module, as well as the raw materials unique to each module, and which are important for completing the practical components of the course. 

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