Second and Third day of Perfumery Course

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

Perfumery Course First day


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

Correcting commercial fragrances with animal pheromones


The kit of the practical Phero-researcher

From a research made with Basenoters with Hyraceum, Castoreum., Civet musk and Honey bee’s wax


Bal a Versailles –  This scent defies classification for me.  Powdery, musky, animalic, yes.  But as far as naming notes?  No.  I can’t do that.  Hyraceum turned it into an abstract work of art.  Throughout its development, everything from sweet to salty to leathery, the hyraceum added another interesting facet, one that was more distinctly sexy.  What’s more, I noticed that “floralizing” effect that Eule experienced with Kouros.  There was an increase in the sweet florals at the beginning.  I recommend this combination.  Read more

Street Distillation

We have been invited to hold a public demonstration of distillation during an event organized by the city of Rimini. The event, a fair, is about smells and tastes, especially those made by hand, and with a sense of tradition.  Chefs from all around the world will be participating.


This exhibition, focusing as it does on the most antique crafts, is the perfect venue for Bashir, a master distiller of essential oils and builder of modern alembics, who will be promoting his distillation course even as he demonstrates it.  Read more

Distill Yourself


I have been learning to understand the process of distillation before learning to distil.

“You can learn to love only by loving” says Rumi, and you can learn to distil only by distilling.

The more I distil and teach others to do it, the more I realize the fascination that distilling exerts on all people who come across to it.

The transformation of matter into spirit appears to us like a sort of good magic. I have been pondering for some time on the appeal that distillation has on human beings.

I believe that distillation is showing us in the material world a primordial spiritual process of mankind. The distillation of one’s self.

Distilling yourself means to eliminate all that makes yourself as a person in order to become the pure spirit of your person.

It is no more possible to describe what is to become the pure spirit of your person than it is possible to describe love. But when you experience even a little of it you know it.

Distillation is a process that is painful to the plant and distillation of self is a painful process to our self. No distillation can occur without a distiller doing it and the distillation of self needs a person to put you in the alembic and to lit the fire to make the water boil.

This is why either we are searching for such a person or we are fleeing from such persons, but in any case, if you are destined to be distilled you will be caught by the distiller.

Distilling Italia, Wallnut Trees


My garden in Italy is a forest of walnut trees, my neighbours are peasants and they do not like walnut trees, they always tell me: “cut these trees, nothing grows under the walnuts”. I tell them “I do not cut trees, I plant them”. And when the heat of the summer comes, the dense walnuts foliage make such a shade that my garden is the best place to stay around, cool and ventilated and I am so glad that I did not listen to them.    Read more

Distilling an island: Turunj petit grain

We are back to North Cyprus and the flowers of the Turunj bitter orange trees that we have distilled a month ago have now become small green fruits. We shall distil them together with the leaves to obtain the precious “Petit Grain” essential oil.

Adam the goat keeper of Maulana and Ibrahim, who is a schoolboy, are my new students of distillation.

We get the material to distil from Sheikh Bahauddin’s garden.



Distilling is beautiful, everybody likes it, it is alchemy, a kind of very primordial good magic. Extracting the living spirit from aromatic plants.
What nobody knows is that it is so easy to do it, you just have to stick to the protocols and everything goes smooth.
You just need 3 qualities, scrupulosity, attention and discipline. Ibrahim is the first kid to whom I teach distillation. Read more

Distilling an island: Myrtle

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Today we shall distil Mercin; the Cyprus’s Myrtle. The tree is just behind home, in Selma’s garden and she kindly gave us permission to cut the higher branches.

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