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Smell Lab x Chiara Antoniacomi


The Smell Lab, Berlin, and Chiara Antoniacomi join forces one more time (after the successful and super insightful Leather fragrance workshop) to present a 5-day perfume course during summer 2020, in Berlin!

Are you a perfume lover and have always wanted to get hands-on and blend your own creations? Are you simply interested in learning more behind the process of mixing scents?


This is your chance to have a deep dive into perfume making!


During this 5-day course we will learn the basics of perfume making, and then get a deeper insight into 5 types of fragrances: leather, chypre, gourmand, citrus, and Marine. We will review from history to perfumes out in the market, from the evaluation of materials to formulation. All days in our program have plenty of Open Lab hours for you to practice and experiment with our perfume library. We would like you to start creating your own formulations and compositions right from the first day! 

The program suits perfectly beginners and already started independent perfumers.

The week will culminate with an evaluation evening where we will review your creations and give you tips on how to master them. 


Practical information

Location: Smell Lab Berlin (Winsstr. 42, 10405 Berlin).

Dates: 1-5 August 2020.

Minimum: 6 participants.

Maximum: 10 participants.

Price: 1.050 EUR for 5 days including all materials and a big breakfast.

Deposit: there is a non-refundable deposit of 425 EUR required in order to book your spot.

Payment options:






Saturday, August 1, 10 am - 7 pm


We are so looking forward to meeting you and start our beautiful fragrant journey together! Chiara and Klara will be receiving you at the cozy Smell Lab studio in Prenzlauer Berg, with freshly made coffee, tea, juice, and croissants! While we snack and chat we will get to know each other and introduce you to the program.

Right after, we start with the Leather fragrance unit taught by Chiara. Why not getting sexy right from the start? 

Rooted in the tradition of the 16th-century Parisian glove makers, and their tradition of perfuming and re-odorizing the gloves with musks and oils to mask the scent of animal skin, this is how our present notion of the smell of leather was created.

In the afternoon Klara will teach the basics of perfume blending, how to work at the Smell Open Lab, and we will start exercising our leather accords. For the ones with already blending experience, we don't want to take your precious time, you can start working on your fragrances.


Sunday, August 2, 10:30 am - 7 pm

We meet at the Smell Lab studio, have a coffee, and start the second day of class conduced by Chiara. She will guide us through the history of the Chypre accord and its technical blending! We will smell some current perfumes in the market, analyze them, we will also evaluate the raw materials.

In the afternoon we have time with Klara to experiment and make our own Chypre creations


Monday, August 3, 10:30 am - 7 pm

We continue our Smell School Week with yummy gourmand accords! Chiara will help us navigate the raw materials, history, and delicious examples of fragrances containing these tasty ingredients.

Afternoon: lab time with Klara. You can follow the suggested accord exercises or work on your own project on your own path.


Tuesday, August 4, 10:30 - 7 pm

Citrus is a subfamily of the Fresh category in the fragrance wheel. It's dynamic, fresh, and invigorating. It gives our compositions a familiar smile. Chiara will conduce the morning class like any other day (with History, examples, accords, and all sorts of details!), and Klara will take over the Lab hours and help you with your accords and formulation.


Wednesday, August 5, 10:30 - 7 pm

We couldn't do a summer intensive without our lovely aquatic notes. Also, a subfamily of the fresh category, often smelling like the sea, salt, seashore, or rain. However, we don't have anything against rivers and lakes!

In the afternoon we will have a short open lab session and we will then begin a group evaluation of one of our creations.

Evening: we all get dinner and drink together!


About Chiara Antoniacomi: 

Chiara is a fragrance evaluator passionate about olfactory communication. Combining her studies in plant-animal chemical ecology with a master in perfumery, Antoniacomi's goal is to work with odors that are able to connect mankind and nature.

About Klara Ravat:

Klara Ravat is an olfactory artist and experimental filmmaker based in Berlin. By investigating the concept of landscape in an adventurous and exploratory way, she wants to amplify the wonderment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of alienation and recognition.


After studying qualitative trend research in Barcelona Klara moved to The Netherlands where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (ArtScience at The Royal Academy of Arts). At the same time, she started studying Psychology at the Open University of Catalonia. Klara is the co-founder and the director of the Smell Lab.

About Smell Lab, Berlin:

The Smell Lab Studio is a platform for olfactory art and inter-disciplinary practices that relate to scent as a medium for expression and communication, in Berlin and in an international context. Our main mission is to co-produce, host, educate, innovate, and support artistic practices that involve the sense of smell and olfaction. 


COVID regulations: we are in the middle of a pandemic therefore we would like to make sure we are all safe and sound at the Smell Lab studio. For this reason, we will follow the regulations suggested by the German senate. Please bring a mask with you. You will need to use it when you will move from your working table, for example, when you use the Open Lab or go to the toilet. We will provide latex gloves for everyone whose use will be mandatory during blending.

Please if you have any symptoms that could indicate you suffer from COVID-19 get in touch with the organizers immediately.



We do not issue refunds for this workshop. 


About Our Policy:

Our workshops require a great deal of pre-planning, including ordering supplies and tools, making commitments to pay our instructors. When students ask to cancel or reschedule at the last minute, we lose money. As a small organization, we are unable to absorb these costs and still keep our class prices low. In fairness to all of our customers, we are unable to make exceptions to our policy, including for reasons of illness or travel. If you are unable to attend a workshop at the last minute, we suggest giving your spot to a friend.

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