Ayala Moriel Parfums

Natural Perfumery Course - Week 1: Citrus & Colognes + Lab 101 (Spring 2015)


Ayala Moriel Parfums

Natural Perfumery Course - Week 1: Citrus & Colognes + Lab 101 (Spring 2015)


Designed for students who want to excel in their studies of natural perfumery. This week-long intensive course runs Mon-Thu from 9:30am-4pm, and Friday from 9am-1:30pm and offers theoretical and practical guidance alongside hands-on lab exercises and experiments. Friday is dedicated for feedback, summary and one-on-one sessions with Ayala for each participant.

This course is 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 week: 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

Course Schedule and Structure:
The course runs May 4-8, which is a full week - Monday through Thursday from 9:30am to 4pm; and Friday from 9am-1:30pm and takes place at Ayala Moriel's private home studio.
The mornings (9:30am-12pm) are dedicated to theory and studying olfaction (discerning between notes). The afternoons (1pm-4pm) 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. Students are required to purchase a course textbook prior to their first course start date. The same book is used throughout the entire program. 

Dates: May 4-8, 2015

Correspondence Course Option:
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, on your own. 
It is, however, important that you take the modules in the order that they are offered, as follows:

  1. Citrus & Colognes + Lab 101
  2. Fougere
  3. Chypre
  4. Orientals
  5. Florientals
  6. Floral Bouquets
  7. Soliflores
  8. Leather & Tobacco

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 email or Skype chat - offered up to 6 months from date course was purchased.  
  7. Future component of the correspondence program (still in the making): Access to online video tutorials 

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. 

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