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    Re: Home study courses for perfumery?

    Hi MissVanilla:

    A student informed me of this thread, and so I hope to clear up any confusion. You do not enroll via my anyasgarden.com site, that is merely for information. A secure database for...
  2. Re: Most Entertaining, Outlandish, Inexplicable Notes in a Perfume

    Well, I used goat hair tincture in my "Pan" perfume ;-) Had it analyzed in a microbiology lab for safety before using it!
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    Re: What do I study to become a perfumer?

    A degree in organic chemistry, or at least a major focus in that subject in college is pretty much standard if you wish to work for the 'big houses', or as a technical perfumer for corporations that...
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    Re: Natural vs synthetic

    A trial, lol? Why are you so obsessed? You were never a member, and no members, past or present, have the odd obsession you seem to have with us, following my posts, etc. You can speak in resistance...
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    Re: Natural vs synthetic

    Nothing we can do about the attacks, Bruce, just move forward with what we believe are safeguards in place that will help protect those who call themselves natural perfumers, in the Guild.
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    Re: Natural vs synthetic

    Well, I guess you're the expert, Paul, you always seem so interested in us. You do realize some folks are voted out for misrepresentation, violating rules, etc? The members are expected to read the...
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    Re: Natural vs synthetic

    We have members in France, Italy, Tahiti, Seychelles, several African countries, Brazil, Japan, Australia, England, Ireland, Germany, Norway, Canada, Nepal - and that's just off the top of my head,...
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    Re: Natural vs synthetic

    We're a group of like-minded people. Ultimate authority? Who ever implied that? We like natural aromatics, and we want to make sure we can call ourselves "natural perfumers" according to the law....
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    Re: Natural vs synthetic

    I didn't for one moment think you were attacking me personally. I read it as a general insult to all natural perfumers. Hope I cleared that up.
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    Re: Natural vs synthetic

    For some reason, I didn't receive any updates about posts since Sunday, and I see there's been a lot of chat. What a topic, eh? It's been going on since at least 2005, first appearing in Luca's blog....
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    Re: Natural vs synthetic

    For the first part, I understand your passion, but I have to defer to those who voted, many of whom have great CVs that rank them as professionals, and not a 'religious' or 'faith based' fanatic...
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    Re: Natural vs synthetic

    Thank you for your lengthy reply. Noted. If we could only be as knowledgeable as you, but we're just folks finding our way and doing the best we can. Such passion about our art! I can only say all...
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    Re: Natural vs synthetic

    From what I know of the perfumer, she would be shocked to know she used a synth. I'm not speaking for her, of course, just going on past experience. Perhaps she's not using 100% natural materials...
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    Re: Natural vs synthetic

    I don't seen any 'angels' thing mentioned in your post.
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    Re: Natural vs synthetic

    You certainly are interested in the workings of the Guild, my goodness. You got a few facts wrong, so I'll address them here. There are some aromatics that are produced via a slight fermentation...
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    Re: Natural vs synthetic

    As the founder of that group, I would like to inform you, we have lost only a handful of members in the past year, probably less than ten have unsubbed, and we gain new members on a steady basis. We...
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    Re: Natural vs synthetic

    Your take on naturals reminds me of the writings of Salaam, touching upon the psychology and evolution of plants with humans. The fact that you chose to use single aromachems is your choice, and good...
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    Re: Natural vs synthetic

    Oh, Paul, I'm surprised to hear you say that. You participate in the salons with natural perfumers, and yet you have such a terrible opinion of their choice of art?
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    Re: You gotta love EBAY!!!

    I've always had great luck snagging deals on vintage fragrances on eBay. I quickly loaded up on miniatures, often sold in lots, and they're great for display and sampling a wide variety of houses....
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    Re: Araucaria

    I did just click on the enlarged photo, and it does look like filaments, perhaps mold, perhaps contamination from cotton. Just speculating here. Whatever it is, it's not a sanitary product. I'd ask...
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    Re: Araucaria

    Auracaria is a thick, waxy substance, sometimes semi-translucent. Your photos do look like it. Many years ago, when I first got some, I was surprised, too, so I researched and also contacted the...
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    Re: incense cedar

    I have a lot of palo santo wood Bursera spp that a friend brought me back from Quito, Ecuador, and I have several essential oils of it from various suppliers, and the one from...
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    Re: White smoke by anyas garden

    I'm definitely leaning towards Primal Smoke, too. Anybody else have a vote?
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    Re: White smoke by anyas garden

    Thank you for your kind words about my White Smoke. It was the first, and so far, the only release in my Prima Aroma line. I've spent a lot of time thinking about the line, and concept, about the...
  25. Re: Fragrance families: which method of categorizing do you prefer and why?

    I just discovered this thread, and want to thank those who found my graphic "tree" of fragrance families helpful for their kind words. that tree, however, is just meant as a quick, visual tool...
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    Re: Fixatives and the Fleeting Scent

    You may try lemon myrtle as a bridge into the heart to help a lemon scent have more of a drydown period. Diluted orange peel wax works for orange and grapefruit, and, as Arctander wrote, is great for...
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    Re: How to Self-Educate a Nose

    A classic technique:

    1. Record, in writing, your impressions as you sniff the scent strip. The mind, hand and eye coordination helps lock in the information.
    2. Associate each scent with a...
  28. dmaeaner, scentfan, don't forget to click the...

    dmaeaner, scentfan, don't forget to click the link to the rest of the articles at the bottom of my article. four of the articles are up as of today, the next will go up on monday, i believe.
  29. Re: Stink, Stank, Pheromones - Animal essences in perfumery.

    UPDATE:
    Two more articles are up! Great one by Abdes Salaamattar and in another, Bruce Bolmes is revealed as the only person in the US with a permit to import musk. Two more great article to come,...
  30. Re: Article: The Lure and Licensing of Using Natural Animal Extracts

    This article is amazing - Bruce has a license to import deer musk. I don't think anybody else in the USA can make that claim.
  31. Re: Stink, Stank, Pheromones - Animal essences in perfumery.

    I received written permission from Grant earlier today to post in forums, but I found out he only meant one.
  32. Re: Stink, Stank, Pheromones - Animal essences in perfumery.

    Thanks for letting me know. http://www.basenotes.net/content/1718-The-Essence-of-Animals-How-Perfume-Got-Its-Stank-On
  33. Stink, Stank, Pheromones - Animal essences in perfumery.

    A series on the subject, by five perfumers, just launched on Basenotes. Bruce Bolmes, Alexis Karl, Isabelle Gelle, AbdesSalaamAttar, Anya McCoy http://bit.ly/1j4MRM
  34. Re: Meyer Lemon Expressed Oil not available at retail

    Yes, they are strong - and beautiful. I know a perfumer who is slightly anosmic to all citruses, and she sampled this oil and said it really impressed her with its strength.
  35. Meyer Lemon Expressed Oil not available at retail

    Meyer Lemon oil is here! Natural Perfumers Guild Supplier Arlys Naturals is one of the first, if not the first, to offer it to the public at retail. It's new to the market, and it smells wonderful,...
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    Re: Perfumer's Alcohol

    All alcohol, even undenatured stuff, has a bit of a smell. I have organic undenatured grain (corn), grape, sugar and rye alcohols. If the alcohol has a smell you don't like, you can try filtering...
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    Re: Is this ambergris?

    I just caught this thread - hi Mumsy!

    Posted a bit about ambergris vetting on my blog today, and the comments are full of info too, if you'd like to check it out. PS I reviewed Ckemp's book for...
  38. Until Nov. 10th - Discount on Tuition - Natural Perfumery Institute

    Until Nov. 10th - take 10% off http://perfumeclasses.com/enroll/signup.php Use coupon code E17502DE9B when enrolling. Anya McCoy's students enjoy lifetime enrollment in a student discussion forum,...
  39. Poll: Re: End Perfume Sexism - Should Basenotes Merge the Male and Female Sub-Forums?

    Hi Everyone:

    I don't think anyone has mentioned this, and correct me if I'm wrong - when Basenotes started waaaayy back then, it was aimed at men only. Then the woman's forum was started to...
  40. Re: Reputable online natural perfumery courses?

    Dear Argane - a student told me about your inquiry here. I have been teaching online for five years and have over 100 students. Whether you chose the Home Study or Online Interactive, you are...
  41. Thank you, Grant, for this memorial tribute that...

    Thank you, Grant, for this memorial tribute that showed me more of her history, passion and personality. She is gone from this world far too soon, but her fragrant legacy will live on.
  42. It was just a few years ago that IFRA declared...

    It was just a few years ago that IFRA declared they would "name and shame" any member in non-compliance: http://www.cropwatch.org/40thpetition.htm
  43. What an incredible event, and what great...

    What an incredible event, and what great reporting. You've outdone yourself, Neil, and the perfumers have conveyed such joy and thought in the project!
  44. Thank you Francop, Primrose and Nymphaea for your...

    Thank you Francop, Primrose and Nymphaea for your lovely comments.
  45. Boxgasm: Artisan Perfumers Can Now Make Their Own Custom Boxes

    If there are any artisan perfumers here who have suffered through hours of trying to find decent boxes for their perfumes, there is now an answer to your prayers. If you are a member of any other...
  46. Re: Article on smell, scent, and spirituality

    Thanks so much for posting this. As a natural perfumer, I love reading about the rich, fragrant history of natural aromatics and how they touch our soul.
  47. Re: Bond No 9 finished in Canada....indicative of the demise of Laurice Rahme?

    ;-)
  48. Re: Chinese Perfume Tree/Plant (Aglaia Odorata)

    I have been growing this plant in my garden in Miami for several years. I tincture the tiny, tiny blossoms. I also buy the concrete and absolute and the scent is the soliflore of my perfume Light. ...
  49. Thanks Francop - I hope you have had time to...

    Thanks Francop - I hope you have had time to visit the blogs of the Guild members. There are a lot of fabulous stories there!
  50. Persolaise, forgive me for being so late in...

    Persolaise, forgive me for being so late in replying, as in the past few days a movement has started in the Natural Perfumers Guild to create a self-regulation product and a process to standardize...
  51. A label. That's all that's needed. Cut through...

    A label. That's all that's needed. Cut through all the bureaucracy and defensiveness and just put a label on the perfume. I believe I was the first, in 2007 or so to coin the slogan "Perfumes or...
  52. Sunnyfunny nailed it!

    Sunnyfunny nailed it!
  53. Hi Marcy: Fun to see this here! At first I...

    Hi Marcy:

    Fun to see this here! At first I thought you might actually be cooking *with* Angel, and that would be something. The recipes look yummy. I know we were supposed to connect after Dec....
  54. Thanks for all your comments, everyone. Every...

    Thanks for all your comments, everyone. Every revolution starts with the "little people" and works its way upwards. When I started blogging against IFRA and the EU regs almost four years ago, I was...
  55. Re: Misinformation, ignorance and lack of ...

    Good blog on this subject the other day, with some great recommendations, especially the part about grouped by fragrance family:...
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    Re: Pink Pepper vs Green Pepper

    Green pepper EO is the unripe berries of Piper nigrum, the same plant we get black and white pepper from. Pink pepper is from Schinus molle or S. terebinthifolium, a completely different plant. YOu...
  57. Re: study Perfumery without the possession chemistry or university career

    Jean Carles stated that if someone had a degree in chemistry, he would not accept them as a student. http://www.osmoz.com/News-Trends/Magazines/Archives/How-to-become-a-nose If you wish to become a...
  58. Re: does anyone know a good quaity tuberose abs in uk?

    http://www.aqua-oleum.co.uk/ They've been in business over 20 years, and I buy from them all the time. Excellent quality.
  59. 3 days left - Guild membership plus giveaways

    Hi

    Grant posted about this membership drive a few weeks ago and I'm posting this now because the offer is about to expire in three days. ...
  60. "Ask the Perfumer" - A Weekly Feature on Anya's Garden Perfumes blog

    http://anyasgarden.blogspot.com/2010/11/ask-perfumer-sunday-november-21-2010-10.html
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    Ask the Perfumer - Sept. 26, 2010

    http://anyasgarden.blogspot.com/2010/09/ask-perfumer-sunday-september-26-2010.html

    I have the open forum every Sunday. If you have any DIY perfumery questions, ask away. Focus is on naturals, so I...
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    Re: Perfumers education

    I am the Instructor for an online basic perfumery course that focuses on natural aromatics. http://PerfumeClasses.com
  63. Ice cream and nail polish aside, Alec, as you...

    Ice cream and nail polish aside, Alec, as you know we in the US have been bemoaning the fact that we can't watch it on the BBC website due to some international hoo-ha about licensing or something. ...
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    Ask the Perfumer - 8/8/10

    Ask the Perfumer is late rising and shining today, but the forum is open! A new, minty green, cool look for the blog to get through the dog days of summer. PS - there is an essential oil that is said...
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    Article Pokes fun at IFRA

    I've been doing it for years on my little blog, so I'm SO glad to see a mainstream paper skewer IFRA...
  66. Re: Making tinctures from flowers and plants - What alcohol to use?

    I remove the pistils and stamens and calyxes. They can either mess up the tincture or enfleurage with pollen or chlorophyll, etc.
  67. Re: Mystery of Musk project - giveaways via BN blogs

    Sugandaraja, I replied earlier, looks like it didn't get posted. Sorry for the confusion. I hope you start posting about the perfumes you did receive, there is only a time limit for the drawing, but...
  68. Re: Mystery of Musk project - giveaways via BN blogs

    Actiasluna - over on the blogs after you read the reviews.
  69. Mystery of Musk project - giveaways via BN blogs

    If you haven't checked out the blog section, five Basenoters have been reviewing 12 natural perfumes based on musk, created by perfumers from the Natural Perfumers Guild. If you leave a comment,...
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    Re: Ask the Perfumer

    Hi trapper - the questions are for my blog - the link above is old - here's today's: http://anyasgarden.blogspot.com/2010/06/ask-perfumer-sunday-june-13-2010-10-am.html
  71. Re: "Ask the Perfumer" - A Weekly Feature on Anya's Garden Perfumes blog

    Today is June 13th - you can post questions to me on my blog. http://anyasgarden.blogspot.com/2010/06/ask-perfumer-sunday-june-13-2010-10-am.html
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    Re: Ask the Perfumer

    Just bumping this to remind Basenoters that it's still on - today is June 13th and I'll be happy to take your questions.
  73. Re: Making tinctures from flowers and plants - What alcohol to use?

    Do you want to make it to create perfume? That proof is too low. See the recent article I was in for more details http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/10/garden/10perfume.html?pagewanted=1 We chat about...
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    Making Flowers Into Perfume

    The New York Times interviewed me and other perfumers and hobbyists on the subject of transforming garden materials into usable scented products. It is a definite trend, and I am very happy with the...
  75. Re: How IFRA and the EU continue to destroy the art of perfumery

    The IFRA restrictions started in the 1960's, long before anti-perfume lobbyists. It started with some Scandinavian dermatologists. Long story. Bad science, etc.
  76. Re: How IFRA and the EU continue to destroy the art of perfumery

    The part I like best about Tony Burfield tossing the bad science and bad consequences at the industry weaklings that are responsible for allowing this to happen is that it was at their big Cannes...
  77. How IFRA and the EU continue to destroy the art of perfumery

    http://anyasgarden.blogspot.com/2010/06/cropwatch-role-of-risk-aversion-in.html
  78. "Ask the Perfumer" - A Weekly Feature on Anya's Garden Perfumes blog

    I'm opening it a day early because I forgot to hold the forum last week!
    http://anyasgarden.blogspot.com/2010/06/ask-perfumer-sunday-june-6-2010.html
  79. You can read more here, including a list of...

    You can read more here, including a list of possible musk-like natural aromatics http://anyasgarden.blogspot.com/2010/06/mystery-of-musk-natural-perfumers-guild.html Grant has great plans for...
  80. Re: "Ask the Perfumer" - A Weekly Feature on Anya's Garden Perfumes blog

    My blog forum for questions will be open tomorrow, May 16, 2010, so feel free to post then.
  81. "Ask the Perfumer" - A Weekly Feature on Anya's Garden Perfumes blog

    Hi

    Here's the link for tomorrow, May 9th, 2010. A different thread will be started each week for your perfumery questions.
  82. Re: Does anybody recognize this perfumehead bottle?

    Chapter 10, I have to give you credit for naming her. She's officially Gilda PerfumeHead ;-)
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    Re: Ambergris and maturing in oil

    What color is it? Are you 100% sure it's ambergris? Unless it's the inferior black grade, it shouldn't smell foul.

    All ambergris needs to be ground up to a fine powder and tinctured (in 190 proof...
  84. Re: Does anybody recognize this perfumehead bottle?

    The Bette, Joan, Marilyn and Jayne fit - as does Mae West, and Billie (Holiday), but the Gilda (love the pun "Gilda PerfumeHead" and Gala "Gala PerfumeHead" as in partytime are so much fun!
  85. Does anybody recognize this perfumehead bottle?

    I got it today for $5 in an antique store, but it is priceless to me. How many here identify with her? Aw, I tried to "attach" it here, but I can't figure out how to do it. I've never inserted a...
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    Re: Buying and Selling Ambergris

    I second you on the new zealand source. You must tincture and age the ambergris for six months for the beauty to evolve.
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    Ask the Perfumer

    Grant may announce this in the News section soon, but I figure I'd let y'all know here since it was just launched today. More info to be found here:...
  88. Congratulations, Marian.

    Congratulations, Marian.
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    Re: The future of Basenotes

    Grant and Danielle - In these ten years you've brought an incredible number of perfumistas together and provided them with a real "home", so congratulations on all of your hard work. Since the site...
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    Re: Denatured Alcohol

    Depending upon what state you're in, you might be able to get 190 proof Everclear, which is undenatured. It's about $15/qt. Shopper's Vineyard in NJ sells it nationally to the states that allow the...
  91. Re: book: Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster

    I think the book is well-written and addresses the changes in the luxury market very well. One of the few books of this type - and there aren't many - that look at the perfume industry.
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    Re: chunk of ambergris found

    That doesn't look like ambergris to me, it looks like amber resin.
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    Re: Ambergris in perfume

    I use ambergris in several of my perfumes. I have sourced beach-harvested chunks from New Zealand, Australia and North Carolina in the States. Several of my tinctures are 5 years old, and quite...
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    Re: Reformulation Thought for Today.

    I like this thread. An analogy that comes to mind: if Chanel Cashmere were a brand recognized for fine cashmere sweaters, and now they were called the same but cheap acrylic, isn't that the same kind...
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    Re: Luca Turin "Duftnote" - NZZ Folio 2009

    Hello and Happy New Year Narcus

    I too wish to send you thanks in appreciation for all you do. Perhaps you can write Grant directly with your datasheet question? There may be a need for such an...
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    Re: Possible Future of Fragrance.

    I think they'll take it further. After all, can't water wear away stone, dissolve stuff and generally well, be "wet"? A lot of people are afraid of wet. I think we'll be stuck with "L'air de air".
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    Funny Christmas perfume poem

    http://firstnerve.com/2009/12/seasons-greetings.html
  98. Re: Best online stores for essential oils in europe?

    For animal essences you can contact Salaam http://www.profumo.it/perfume/home_english.htm
    Here's a great source of naturals, they sell retail what Albert Vieille sells wholesale:...
  99. Re: Time for brown paper bag perfume reviews?

    It just came to mind that IIRC, Turin *did* take part in a blind sniff and chose Ormond Jayne's (sp?) Frangipani, helping give her business a big boost.

    To take the "brown bag" testing one step...
  100. Re: Time for brown paper bag perfume reviews?

    Wine books, "guides" or whatever they may be called, aren't scientific papers, either. I think his point about objective criteria, i.e., the blind testing, is valid to bring to perfume reviews....
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