New Perfumery Seminar July 2015

JULY 2015

Held in English language

July 22nd to 27th


perfumer organ

“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.


Rimini dates back to Roman times and is located in the Emilia-Romagna region on Italy’s Adriatic coast. It is famous for its beaches, but we will be in the nearby hills of Monte Colombo where I live. In June, the lavender will be full bloom, so there might also be a distillation course on one of the days.



  Il Germano Reale


All of this will be covered by an accommodation package that includes hotel stay, workshop materials, perfume-making kits for a value of 400 euros.

Il Germano Reale

Our accommodation is the same location of the course, it has a beautiful swimming pool, and an eagle’s view on the Adriatic sea and the coast. Breakfast and lunch are included. Dinner can be ordered at a nearby reputed restaurant.

The students will be only 10. The course is in English.

Please write to [email protected] or call me at +390541863013 with questions or for further information.

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5 replies
  1. salmanateeque
    salmanateeque says:

    First day. Amazing learning. Seems like we all perfume lovers were living a very diluted life until today. It’s was definitely a sensory overload situation today.

  2. Lavender Lover
    Lavender Lover says:

    Your essences are like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. Concentrated to the Nth degree, superb quality, and completely indescribably as compared to how those same notes smell in commercial (synthetic) perfumery. This is a whole new world, and a whole new language to boot. Thank you for opening these new horizons for me.

    Off topic, the food in Coriano has been amazing so far!

  3. Lavender Lover
    Lavender Lover says:

    Day 4 with the animalic materials was really a once in a lifetime opportunity, an experience that I’ll never forget. Being able to touch an actual musk deer gland, taste civet paste, tincture ambergris, smell musk rat, etc. , was completely beyond words. Absolutely AMAZING!!! I’ll never forget what it was like to taste that civet “butter”!

  4. salmanateeque
    salmanateeque says:

    An honour to work with the teacher, having such great humble way of opening our senses with his great knowledge.
    Day 4. It’s about the our animal heritage and the olfactory psychology around The pheromone. Amazing learning. Thank you Salam bhai so much. I was honored.

  5. Madleine
    Madleine says:

    For most of my life I avoided perfume, eau de toilet and scented personal care products, because of my sensitivity to synthetic molecules. Many scientific sources will argue that synthetics are safe, but the body cannot be fooled.
    Few weeks ago I stumbled upon an old NYT article about AbdesSalaam Attar and his approach to making exquisite, all natural perfume. I did a quick Google search and was delighted to find out that after a very long break AbdesSalaam Attar was going to give a perfume making course in the summer. I immediately signed up and couldn’t wait to get started. The course opened up a whole new world for me. The first things that we learned about were the incredible healing properties of high quality essential oils. Then we learned to smell and distinguish a myriad of the highest quality essential oils, resins and animal pheromones; we touched, smelled and tasted animalic ingredients, such as real musk, castoreum, civet paste, ambergris, hyraceum, and others. AbdesSalaam Attar taught us about olfactory psychology, distillation, sourcing and of course making perfumes based on the highest principles of ethics. His approach to life is the same as his approach to making perfume: purity, honesty, quality and passion. I joined the course as a complete novice and after only 6 days I left not only with deep knowledge of key ingredients, processes and the industry, but also the confidence to make perfume and the passion to keep learning, keep experimenting and keep exercising my creativity.

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