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 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).
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: