Held in English language

July 22nd to 27th


“Making perfumes is easy” by AbdesSalaam Attar “La Via del Profumo”

After 6 years, I am returning to teaching with a summer seminar in the hills of Rimini, Italy from 10th to 15th June 2015. There will be 5 days of daily classes and workshops to teach 12 students both my philosophy of perfumery and my method of making fragrances

The classes will cover a range of issues. One key point will be natural raw materials, including animal scents and rare essences, several of which can be smelled only with me. I will explain the crucial issue of how to understand and evaluate the quality of natural raw materials.

Every day, there will be blending workshops of different methods and approaches. I will teach students how to custom blend fragrances to benefit those who may wish to expand into perfume creation for private clients, customers, or friends. I will also explain how to approach concept blending for companies. In addition, I will discuss where to source the best essences, so that those who have learned how to make perfumes with me can carry on as a perfumer.

Other topics will include perfume descriptive language, olfactory psychology, philosophy and the ethics of natural perfumery. These are fundamentally important because the nose is only secondary to the mind in making perfumes, which is before all a mental attitude.

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Distilling the resort “Il Germano Reale”.

Today is distillation day, D Day, and also the conclusive day of this adventure for my friends.

It has been very emotional for many of them, not so much because of the door opening learning, but very much more because of the ties that have built between them during these days. The intensity of the experience has been decoupled by the immersion in a bath of natural perfumes.

From the plant to perfume!


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animal scents perfumes

The first part of today’s program was to discover the Kit of Animal Scents.

Which role they have in perfumery and which effect they have on people. Tri-dimensional perfumes and pheromones.

We tinctured muskrat glands and discovered the stupefying smell of the fresh tincture.  Read more

archery solo

Yesterday everybody shot a few arrows and realized how innate is archery in us.

The world of perfumery is in need of a philosophy and of ethics. What are the state of today’s philosophy and ethics? We have perfumes full of chemicals who are legally natural, molecules from bio-technologies that are legally organic and a bunch of natural molecules that are legally allergenic, although they refuse stubbornly to give allergies to consumers of natural perfumes or aromatherapy users. Read more


10 students from 6 different countries came to Italy to follow my course on how to compose perfumes with be best materials of perfumery, the natural ingredients. Several of them have attempted to make perfumes with these ingredients in the past but without satisfactory result. They will understand here what went wrong with their endeavour.

Learning archery to learn perfumery. Parables are the most potent explanations. Making perfumes needs a new mental attitude.
Making perfumes is easy, but you need a method otherwise you will end up with a mish-mash, an incoherent mix of smells unappealing and without character.

Inasmuch as you can learn love only by loving, you will learn to throw arrows only by throwing them and to make perfumes by making them. This is why such an important part of the seminar is dedicated to workshop sessions.   Read more