There will be 6 days of daily classes and workshops to teach 10 students both my philosophy of perfumery and my method of composing 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 using different methods and approaches. I will teach students how to custom blend fragrances for private clients, customers, or friends. The perfumes composed daily during the workshop will be bottled and kept by the students. I will also explain how to approach concept blending, custom perfumes at distance and custom perfumes 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 independent perfumers.
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 else a mental attitude.
Classes are held in English; the accommodation is at the Villa di Carlo spa. The class will be held from 5 to 10 December 2015. For more information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org, or see the course announcement on the Via del Profumo website, or go read the detailed seven-part post about the experience of taking the course at the Kafkaesque blog (foodies: go right to part II).
(via press release)