Making perfumes is easy

2019 – March 25th to 30th

(12 students)

2019 – June 16th to 21st 

(12 students)

Perfume making courses

The program

Perfume courses

The Natural perfumery seminars of 2018 will be held in Coriano, Italy.

There will be 6 days of daily classes and blending exercises to teach 12 students both my philosophy of perfumery and the 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 educate the nose to understand and evaluate the quality of natural raw materials. “Your perfume will be only as good as your ingredients are”.

Every day, we shall have blending exercises using different methods and approaches. I will teach students how to blend custom fragrances for private clients, companies or friends. All the perfumes composed daily during the workshop will be bottled and kept by the students.

Before we begin

A month before the seminar begins, I will guide students through a pre-course on a Whatsapp group. They will familiarise with a new approach to composing perfumes and with different aspects of this trade; philosophy of perfume, ethics of perfumery, olfactory psychology, the language of scents, the animal scents and pheromones, and more…

For practicing during the pre-course I will offer an important kit to each student who commits himself to actively participate. They will explore and experiment with it under my guidance. They will gain through this experience a  knowledge essential for a natural perfumer.

This introduction to the raw materials and to the fundamentals of my perfume philosophy ahead of time will enable the group to dive into composing and making perfumes already from the first day of the seminar.

During the seminar, students will learn by practicing in workshops 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 brain in making perfumes, which is before all a mental attitude.

The students will quickly learn how to make perfumes with different approaches, in the same way as you learn how to swim different styles, until to their own surprise composing perfumes becomes as natural to them as swimming. But the most important teaching for their future will be the 7 points of the “Way of Scent”, a training method that will allow them to continue and progress after the course.

Each class is limited to 12 students

The perfume course is in English

The course

Our perfume course classroom


The workshops

Students will work with a professional organ
of 75 essences

Who is AbdesSalaam Attar?

AbdesSalaam Attar - New York Times Magazine - Scent Notes

Luca Turin, the author of “Perfumes: the Guide” a visiting scientist at M.I.T. and the capo of perfume critics, says: “He’s one of these very rare examples of a natural-born perfumer. He seems to be incredibly sure-footed, in a way which reminds me of François Coty. There are dozens of all-natural perfumers; I don’t pay much attention to them, but I love his fragrances. I don’t think anyone can touch him in the field of natural perfumery.”

“I have been fond of his work for years, not least because he embodies the fact that the most important thing for an artist to have is talent. You can learn most everything except talent, and he is a natural-born perfumer.”


What others say about him

Virginia Di Somma

Stylist at Bob (Best of British) & Friends

I have treasured memories to take with me to the end of my life journey from my time with AbdusSalaam, the course students, Germano Reale staff Marco & Manuela, the fragrant garden and all I learned while on this life-changing course. I am not alone. Everyone who experienced this time together understands what I am saying – each one in his or her own way, has conveyed this truth in their writing.

There was more to this course than simply learning about the wonderful healing properties of essential oils and how to make a nice smelling scent. Much deeper. More profound. Underlying spirituality which culminated in the distillation process and which first attracted and inspired me to make contact with AbdusSalaam and ask that he consider teaching a course in Perfumery. I’m so pleased each one of you students made it possible. A thousand thankyous!

We learned so much. That perfumes made with synthetic ingredients (laboratory created molecules) are at best, like eating strawberry flavored ice-cream compared to real fruit ice-cream. Or eating takeaway food compared to hand picking fresh organic ingredients.

If you’ve only ever tasted strawberry flavored ice-cream and takeaways, you may not recognize the true berry flavor or fresh taste of organic vegetables with your first mouthful, but you will absolutely notice the difference in how your mind works and how your body feels, as you make the switch over time.

Watching the transformation of plucked leaves from a laurel tree, dispensing ‘hydrsol’ as well as beautiful fragrant oil after the steam distillation process, was also a graphic example of how pressure and ‘heat’ can also work together on human hearts/souls to bring out the true essence.

For me the analogies were present every day.

Such a blessing to be part of this group.

I’m grateful to each student for your unique participation.

To you AbduSalaam for gifting formulas, techniques and your years of personal experience, in a beautifully handmade wooden box, wrapped with brightly coloured silk and embroidered gold thread.

Heartfelt thanks.


Blogger at Kafkaesque

How do you describe the experience of a lifetime that introduced you to new worlds, theories, sights, and smells? How do you convey the depth of information so generously shared by a master of his art through six intense days (and a pre-course) covering both theory and practical usage? Perhaps one way would be to compare it to an olfactory Star Trek, where Captain AbdesSalaam Attar took many of us through a new frontier where few of us had gone before, through a portal into a new dimension of thought as much as scent and perfume creation.

It may sound silly or hyperbolic, but it really isn’t. AbdesSalaam tried to teach us a completely new way of thinking about scent through concepts that, as you will see in this post and others, are completely untraditional, unconventional, or alien to typical fragrance narratives, let alone the mainstream perfume world.

The sheer quantity of information was staggering, and that combined with the unique experiences during the perfume course truly blew my mind. Not just mine, either. When the lunch break was called on the first day, one of my classmates said she felt as though she was having an out-of-body experience at the deluge of information and the intensity of the smells that were pouring over her.

Like the essences we explored, the class itself became a form of life undiluted — life at its most essential, fundamental level, concentrated for a burst of raw, thrilling intensity that none of us would ever forget.

Jeffrey Paul

Hair and Makeup Artist at Exclusive Artists Management

If you haven’t heard of Jalaluddin Rumi, he was one of the world’s most revered mystical poets. I know him for describing the ever-vast all encompassing subject of divine love. Salaam quotes him by saying one of his many quotes “like love, you can learn to love only by loving!” and you can learn to make perfumes only by making perfumes. And that is exactly what I did; fall in love with making perfumes.

I started to discover pure bliss when working with all of the different essential oils and absolutes. I felt like the fragrance of the perfumes had merged their soul with mine and influenced my body, mind, and spirit.

I feel each moment that I’m away from the perfumes, oils I feel like a lost lover pining for love. I am grateful to Salaam for his knowledge and generosity. I have to say that when I first heard of the perfume course and the price of traveling to Italy, I thought is it worth it? YES!

I know I have received way more in knowledge, growth and materials than I paid for the whole thing. I feel humble and thankful that, I was able to come Salaam has put this together with ingenuity and care that we would learn new knowledge and skill. And would I do it again? DEFINITELY and absolutely!!

Rumi was described as if he was a small river pulling a giant ocean behind him. That is what I feel about Salaam and his gift to us. Thank you, Salaam.

Stine Hoff


I would like to thank you for a wonderful and inspiring course in September.

The week was very important to me on many levels – I learned a lot from you about oils and perfumes but also about the philosophy of life. And as an extra bonus, I got to meet my fellow students – the most wonderful women from all over the world. You and these ‘sisters’ will be in my heart forever.

In the safe surroundings in beautiful Germano Reale, I learned about essential oils in a new and deeper way and I learned how to assess the quality of the oils. It was pure indulgence to be surrounded by all these wonderful, natural scents every day.

You taught us to make perfumes for different people with different wishes and demands. Furthermore, you taught me how important it is that the ingredients are of world-class quality in order to make a good perfume. By making the perfumes of high quality ingredients you also get all the amazing benefits of the oils. Perfumes can heal both the body and the soul – health and beauty are one.

During the week, you taught us to ‘think’ with our sense of smell and that perfumes are made by using your brain, not only your nose. You taught us ‘the way of scents’. Besides teaching us how to make perfumes, you also taught us how to sell them, present them and how to satisfy customers. After attending your course, I feel fully equipped and ready to start my life as a perfumeur.

Salaam, Thank you for sharing your love of natural perfumes.

Olga Gurnani

United States – Wellness industry

How can you review a perfume course by Salaam in a matter of few words? As Osho says, ‘ …the more you summarize something, the more it becomes less alive’.

As we stepped into a little cottage, it marked a journey that engaged all of our senses. Be it a drop of ginger or rose essence in a delicious tea, visually captivating bottles, the sound of the samovar, and of course the smell of essences.

The simplicity behind Salaam’s method allowed for our perfumes to take their shape and form which was taking place in a non-judgmental and supportive environment. I have studied natural perfumery with other teachers but I have never encountered a teacher who made me think about a perfume composition in a way that I can finally apply!

During the six days of the course that we spent in the Italian countryside, we have sharpened and educated our noses with exquisite botanical and animalic essences. From smelling the most complex and reach aromatics such as oud, orris, and the varieties of roses, we also got to work with some other precious essences from our organs.

Towards the end of the course, my head was so ‘perfumy’ that the sweet and exotic essences we have worked with were coming to my mind at different times of the day, appearing and disappearing just like the nature of essences themselves.

I can’t agree more with Salaam’s vision of what natural perfumery truly is. It is far beyond the alluring world of scents, it is a far reaching effect on mind and body. With a background in holistic medicine, I thought this progressive (or an echo of the ancient Eastern wisdom) view to be essential!

The teacher’s depth, knowledge, and special ways on how to beautifully incorporate ‘naturals’ into our daily lives felt really special. It was sort of awakening to a more meaningful work with raw materials and people who the fragrances would be made for.

Leila Johnson 

How do you begin to put into words an experience as transformative as the one we were fortunate to share with each other, under Salaam’s unique and patient tutelage? I came to the perfume course with deep passion, and an open heart: I left with a deeper knowledge not just of perfume, but of myself, my classmates, and with a new language of scent to share with others. A new way to connect, to understand and to heal. It was so much more than I expected and so much more than I had thought possible in such a condensed time.

It takes great skill to make something complex feel simple. Salaam has created a very special perfumery course; a blend of curriculum and philosophy that speaks to the perfumer in each of us. The combination of his deep knowledge, his profound respect for natural materials and their importance to our lives, his narrative, his willingness to share his experience, and his remarkable ability to distill all this into a format that we could understand was powerful. It unlocked something in each of us.

It is a gift to share knowledge. Salaam was generous with his knowledge, answering our many questions, but he also gave freely of himself. He was generous with his time (we never wanted to leave the classroom and truly would have stayed making perfumes through the night!), with his wonderful materials (letting us compose freely with materials of exceptional rarity and value), with his encouragement of our efforts and his supportiveness of our need to keep working, blending and bringing ideas to life. We blended compulsively, and each of us responded to, and was moved by, the essences he shared so generously with us. Salaam gave us the knowledge, tools, confidence and support to share ourselves through scent, fearlessly. I am forever grateful.

Finally, I must say some words of acknowledgement and gratitude to my classmates. We came from all over the world to share this experience, without knowing what it would be. We were so different, yet under Salaam’s guidance, we learned how much we share. It was unifying and enlightening. We were exactly what each other needed in our different learning journeys. This would not have been possible without each person making a genuine commitment to openness, sharing and joyful collaboration. Read more …


An accommodation package that includes hotel stay, breakfast and lunch.

Accommodation is at the same location of the perfume course, it has a beautiful swimming pool, and an eagle’s view on the Adriatic sea and the coast.

Breakfast and lunch are included, but not dinner.

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