Ayala Moriel Parfums

Art of Perfumery Online Course #4: Opulent Perfumes


Ayala Moriel Parfums

Art of Perfumery Online Course #4: Opulent Perfumes


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 incense and perfumery from the comfort of your own home.  

Opulent Perfumery refers to a wide range of fragrances that originally took its inspiration from the most ancient forms of perfumes: incense and unguents, dominated by resins, animal essences, and redolent of spices and medicines that were traded along the ancient Incense and Silk Routes. It has evolved into three main sub-categories that will be explored in this fascinating course: Opulent Ambers, Opulent Spicy and Gourmand perfumes. We will also touch upon incense, out, sandalwood and patchouli fragrances and the revival of the interest in single-note fragrances. 

Because of the historic significance of this fragrance family, stemming from incense - the most primal and ancient form of perfume - we will begin our journey with incense, exploring the unique forms of incense as developed by diverse civilizations and cultures from around the world (with focus on Kyphi). From this vantage point we will also learn about the aesthetics and techniques of Indian Attars and and Arabian Attars, and the philosophy behind these two distinct traditions. 

We will learn how to infused oils with resins, and how to macerate fats with time-honoured botanicals traditionally used for incense as medicine - including but not limited to frankincense and myrrh; as well as how to work with select ethically sourced, cruelty-free animal essences. 

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 unguent and solid perfumes, and basic Opulent 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:

  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 course's study group. You will gain unlimited access to this group, and get to meet future alumni from around the world 
  7. Future component of the correspondence program (still in the making): Access to online video tutorials (only available at the moment in some of the online courses)
  8. Receive personal, in-depth, insightful feedback for up to four Opulent perfumes created as  assignments in this course

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.

Next time this course is offered: October - December 2021
Early bird rate (valid thru July 30th, 2021): $699
Registration deadline: September 1st, 2021

It is important that you take the modules in the order that they are offered, as follows: 

  1. Citrus & Colognes + Lab 101
  2. Foug ère
  3. Chypre
  4. Opulent Perfumes
  5. Florientals
  6. Floral Bouquets
  7. Soliflores
  8. Leather & Tobacco
  9. Marine & Aquatic


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