Perfume is love.
Like love, perfume is a bridge between the people
Like love perfume radiates from you and enters the heart of others.
Like love, you can learn to love only by loving, you can learn to make perfumes only by making perfumes
Like love, being in love happens without effort, it is like loving perfumes, but to learn how to love is to learn how to give love to others, and it is like learning how to make perfumes for others.
I have been telling you many metaphors in order to teach you how easy it is to make perfumes. Love is one of them.
Making perfumes is like swimming. Only at the beginning it is difficult, until you realize that floating on water is your natural state. It is fear that makes you drawn, and lack of trust and confidence.
You have abandoned yourself with trust to my guiding hand and you have seen that composing scents is as an innate capacity we all have as throwing arrows with a bow is. You acquired confidence.
You nose now knows what it smells and you are able to think with smells. You can take a brief and make a perfume in 10 minutes. You can work on different perfumes contemporarily, you can conceive perfumes before making them. You have become real Ninja perfumers in your spirit.
I have tried to teach you Humility as a Way in making perfumes and also Trust in Destiny.
Your perfumes are like your children, they will never be as you want, they will be as they want.
Be satisfied therefore when your perfumes are good, it is enough, and do not ruin them by trying to make them perfect. That is something that may happen to them with ageing. You will not have to wait long, like with your children.
It is always an adventure to meet a new person. I learned this in the Sahara where very few people frequent. Every person is a universe to discover, an infinite universe like none other.
Teaching this group from such different countries as China, India, Russia, Canada, US was a unique occasion for me to apply my philosophy in perfume making as a bridge between east and west.
My Sufi teacher used to say to us: “when somebody knocks at our door we know who has sent him”.
Destiny has sent you to me and has reunited you together on this occasion.
We have eaten and drank perfumes from the first minutes we came together until our parting. You have been composing new perfumes everyday without limit, you were never tired. If I had left the door open after the class you would have continued during the night.
Happiness was your perfume in these days. I am so happy of it.