Learn how to make your own natural perfume! In this workshop, you will design and create your own personal perfume from precious botanical essences in a base of undenatured alcohol. By the end of the workshop, you will have made a perfume to take home with you, beautifully packaged in a spray bottle. We will keep the formulas on file so when you run out we can make it again for you! How much: Group price $599 (based on $77 per person minus discount; this includes materials - minimum 4, maximum 8 participants).
This Virtual Scent-Trip is an Incense & Tea Ceremony that is inspired by Jules Verne's novel and the ongoing travel restrictions: an evening around the world through scent and aroma. We'll follow Phileas Fogg's route with his French butler Passepartout - enjoying French lavender, sipping English tea, exploring Calabrian Etrog, and exotic incense and perfumes such as Egyptian Kyphi, Ethiopean myrrh, Indian Attars and Nag Champa incense, Sandalwood incense from the Buddhist shrines of Hong Kong, rare aromas from the Japanese ceremonial bath and incense games, and we'll complete our round trip with North America's botanical treasures - Western Redcedar, White Sage, Tobacco and Sweetgrass, before returning to London for more tea and hot scones with jam.
Can be scheduled in person at a date and time that is convenient for you and up to 8 other discerning souls; or online via Zoom for up to 20 people, with an accompanying kit of all the incenses, teas and perfumes to experience that you will receive in the mail in advance when joining remotely, and a winning recipe for scones (the kit is included in the pricing).
P.s. This unique scent-trip is in loving memory of Ruth Moriel, who has circumvented the world more than once in her first 88 years of life. She lived on for another nine years traveling to shorter distances, not any less enjoyable and adventurous. She has survived WWII, escaped the Holocaust and countless wars and battles in her life, until she crossed over to the other realm peacefully in her sleep during the first COVID-19 lock-down in April 2020. Ruth will be forever remembered, loved and missed by her daughters, grandchildren and great-grand-children, and many other family members and friends for whom she has always been a source of inspiration and support.
מסביב לעולם ב-80 דקות
מסע ריחני וחובק עולמות בהשראת ז׳ול וורן ותחת הגבלות המסע. יחד נרחרח את דרכינו בין יבשות העולם, ונפגוש קטורות נדירות ובשמים מעלפים לפי המסלול של פיליאס פוג ומשרתו הזריז פספרטו:
Learn about the origins of incense and create your own incense using precious resins, gums, woods, spices and herbs. We will pulverize, grind and mix together raw materials that were used in incense makig since time immemorial. After experiencing first hand the sensual aromatic process of incense making you may never look at incense the same way again...
We offer three types of incense workshops. Choose the kind you'd like - or sign up for an in-depth series or full day workshop, incorporating all these ancient techniques (Each is priced individually).
1. Smudge Wands
Introduction to incense history and raw materials. Forage botanicals for making incense wands/smudge stick from wild and local medicinal herbs.
2. Loose Incense Spotlight on resins and composition of a loose incense using resins, herbs and spices.
Relying on an ancient Egyptian recipe, we'll pulverize and grind various resins, herbs, precious woods and spices in a mixture of wine and raisins, and create small pellets that can be burned on a charcoal or electric incense heater or diffuser. You'll be able to pick up the Kyphi you made after a week (or get it mailed to you).
4. Incense Pastilles Incense "candy" that is made of various type of resins, with added liquid, rolled into balls and burnt on charcoal or on aromatherapy diffuser).
Very suitable for children, as this type of incense is faster to make and does not require long drying time, and can be taken home the same day.
נכיר ונבעיר סוגי קטורת שונים (מקלות קטורת, קונוסים ושרפים על גחלים לוחשות), ונכין יחד סוכריות של קטורת (Incense Pastilles) משרפים עתיקים כגון מור ולבונה שכתשנו ועירבבנו יחד עם שמנים אתריים ותבלינים - כל אחד לפי טעמו האישי.
כל אחד ייקח הביתה את הסוכריות שיצר, וגחלים להבערה בבית.
משך זמן: 1.5-2 שעות
5. Neirkoh Japanese incense pastilles - like soft incense caramels that are designed for warming on a hot plate rather than burning. Made from complex aromatics and aged for several months.
6. Incense Trails & Body Incense Unique Japanese technique for incense burning, as well as perfuming the body or cleansing before entering temples for prayer and meditation. This class also serves as preparation for the most complex form of combustible incense.
7. Incense Cones
More technically advanced, this incense is hand-shaped into little cones that can stand on their base and are self burning - just like the more familiar joss-sticks, once they are ignited, they burn slowly from the tip to the bottom. Preparing them requires fine balancing of the ingredients and meticulous shaping, therefore taking much longer. You'll be able to pick up the cones you made after a week (or get them mailed to you).
The Spring 2020 Perfumery Course (May 10-19) brings together the best of all worlds: History, Art, Culture, Nature, Incense and Perfumery Studies. Prior to the original format of 5-day perfumery masterclass, students will spend two days touring the Incense Route in the desert, enjoy a full day of incense masterclass at Ayala Moriel's studio in Clil, followed by a visit to a monumental piece of art that is tucked away just a stone throw from the Lebanese border.
The Incense Route is an UNESCO World Heritage Site the runs through the Negev Desert. A place that every perfumery student should visit for insights and inspiration regarding the very origins of perfume and incense. Students participating in this unusual Opulent masterclass will also learn how to make incense based on an ancient formula, in a traditional method using natural botanical aromatics that were used for millennia, and then delve deep into incorporating this tangible, aromatic knowledge and experience into composing perfume, which will enable to dive deeper into the contemporary and traditional art of perfumery.
This spring, Ayala Moriel has teamed up with the exceptional local tour guide Yoav Avenyon who specializes in its culture and heritage, and will lead you through the most significant Nabatean cities along this route. Yoav is especially passionate about bringing back to life the times of the spice caravans that brought aromatic treasures from India, China through Arabia, Israel and eventually via sea to Europe and North Africa. Itinerary: May 10: Incense Masterclass with Ayala Moriel (In her studio in Clil) The morning will included in-depth study of ancient incense raw materials, incense ceremony, and a practical incense making workshop in the afternoon.
May 11-17: Five Day Opulent Perfumery Masterclass with world-renown Master Perfumer Ayala Moriel, at her state-of-the art perfume studio, lab and fragrant garden located at the foothills of breathtaking village of Clil, overseeing the Mediterranean. A rare opportunity to learn from a master and world-leader of modern Natural Perfumery and truly immerse yourself in the perfume plants both wild and cultivated, and explore the region where perfume and incense originate.
May 15: Visit to the Painted House in Shlomi (not a formal instructional day, but very special activity).
May 17-19: Trip to the Incense Route, lead by Yoav Avenyon. Yoav will pick you up from Tel Aviv and drive you through the desert landscapes of Southern Israel for an immersive experience in the ancient Nabatean cities. The cost for this trip is $525 per person, and is factored into the final price of the course. This price includes the guidance, travel in a special car to the desert and back to Tel Aviv, accommodation in a boutique hotel in gorgeous location - Mitzpeh Ramon (in a room that sleeps 2), as well as breakfast. All other meals are not included. Designed for students who want to excel in their studies of natural perfumery. This week-long intensive Masterclass runs Sun-Thu from 8:30am-3:30pm, and offers theoretical and practical guidance alongside hands-on lab exercises and experiments.
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 Opulent formulation in an alcohol base. We will make Opulent Amber, Opulent Spicy, and Gourmand fragrances.
The mornings (8:30am-12pm) are dedicated to theory and studying olfaction (discerning between notes). The afternoons (1pm-3:30pm) are a lab session which is dedicated to the practical implementations of what was studied in the morning, i.e. weighing, measuring, recording, formulation, composition and compounding.
The fee includes all materials and supplies used during the course, as well as a homemade vegetarian/vegan lunch, and fragrant refreshments served daily.
The fee includes all materials and supplies used during the course. Students are required to purchase a course textbook prior to their first course start date. The same book is used throughout the entire program.
Prerequisites: Must have completed the Citrus & Colognes Week and/or Lab 101, Chypre and/or Fougère courses.
Dates: March 10-19, 2020
The course takes place at Ayala Moriel's new studio in Clil, Israel. This little off-the-grid organic village has scenic is in one of the country's most fascinating regions, the Western Galilee - and has a view of the Mediterranean sea (gorgeous beaches are only 20min drive), Haifa Bay and Mount Carmel. Clil provides a unique experience for students who choose to stay here (although you don't have to - there are also plenty of places around, but keep in mind that in that case car is a must). The village is solar-powered and has small population of under 1000 people, who live in custom-built homes and semi-temporary dwellings (yurts, teepees, modified train cars and shipping containers, etc.) that are scattered among ancient olive groves and wild bush and Mediterranean garrigue (comprising of carobs, oaks, pistachia and thorny bushes). Despite its size, the village is a community bustling with life and culture: our neighbours are the village's cafe (inside a tent) that is opened Thursday-Saturday and hosts live concerts, and there.
Groceries, bread and fresh produce as well as some eco-friendly products and locally crafted first aid kits and toiletries can be purchased at the local Organic Garden. Tuesday evenings there is usually a Pizza night at the local bakery. Thursday evenings there is a little market in the village's playground, weather permitting. Also less relevant but sometimes handy are the village's book exchange and clothing exchange, which is open 24/7 and is completely free (take what you want and leave what you no longer use). Buses run to and from the village several times per day and connect you to Nahariyya. For all other places you will need a vehicle.
Accommodations within the village include one boutique hotel, one guest house (India-style "hostel" on the second level of one of our neighbours) and several cabins for rent - some also offering breakfast. Sublets among the village's inhabitants are often listed and could be arranged if booked enough in advance, and also near Cafe Clil there is a small campsite for those who enjoy a fully rustic experience.