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Genealogy of Scent: Citrus, with Dana El Masri (online)

Genealogy of Scent: Citrus, with Dana El Masri (online)

Date(s) - 07/22/2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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The Institute for Art and Olfaction

In an online class, perfumer Dana El Masri teaches the genealogy of scent, covering the citrus category.

About this event

This class takes place on Zoom and will be recorded. We will share the video for this class with registered participants for 3 days after it takes place.

Perfumer Dana El Masri leads a series of classes that explore the genealogy of classic perfume categories.

We continue the genealogy of scent series with an exploration of citrus scents.

Starting the session with an overview of each material, Dana shares a brief history and cultural impact of each materials, and technical information such as extraction methods and countries of origin.

The class then cover the classic, contemporary, mass market and niche applications of these materials by looking at important perfumes.

Finally, the class will do simple exercises to help you understand each fruit’s odor profile using perfume materials in combination.

Citrus covered: orange, lemon, lime, mandarin, grapefruit

Optional Materials: We will send you a materials list upon signup. Although they are not strictly required for the class, we recommend that you purchase these materials before attending class so you can smell along during the short exercises at the end. Note that this class does not cover blending or lab practice: it is strictly about perfume history.


  • History and cultural impact of perfume materials
  • Technical information about perfume materials
  • Knowledge and experience with perfumery exercises
  • Overview of these materials in classic, contemporary, mass market, and niche perfumes

This is an online class. The Zoom link will be sent by email 24 hours before the class.

There are no refunds or transfers for this class. The video will be available for three days after class. Please look out for an email from Eventbrite after you sign up, which contains the materials list.


Dana El Masri is an Arab-Canadian perfumer & interdisciplinary artist.

She was trained at the Grasse Institute of Perfumery, with a BA in Communication Studies from Concordia University. The owner and creator of Jazmin Saraï, a perfume brand exploring scent, sound & culture, Dana is also an interdisciplinary artist with experience in several cross-modal practices and private label collaborations. She has worked with fellow perfumers, musicians, lifestyle brands, hotels, art spaces and more.

Dana has been an Art & Olfaction Awards judge for several years and is a published fragrance writer, winner of a Jasmine Literary Award (UK) and a Perfumed Plume Award (US). Her most recent interdisciplinary work has revolved around multi-sensory movement and synesthetic practice in a piece called Σmotion.

Her primary focus is on the importance of scent in social interaction, multicultural representation in perfumery, and public education on the world of scent.

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This is an online class that will take place on Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent by email approximately 24 hours before the class. Lest this email end up in your spam folder, please be sure to add to your address book.

Event times are listed in Pacific Time (PDT); please use a time converter for your local start time.

+ Please download and install Zoom before the class starts, to avoid last minute technical issues.

Please attend, live! Learn more about how we teach here: and our community guidelines here:

+ Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds or credit for this class. Note also that event tickets are non-transferable.

Image credit Dana: Institute for Art and Olfaction

Image credit citrus: Erol Ahmed on Unsplash

Image credit laptop: Michael Geiger on Unsplash

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