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Natural Perfumery Institute Faculty

I am fortunate that my longtime association with talented natural perfumery and associated arts people on the Internet goes back 12 years or more. By inviting them to teach special seminars that complement the natural perfumery course I am showing you, the student, that I trust their reputation as outstanding experts in their field and that they are qualified to be on the AGNPI faculty.

Anya McCoy, Founder and Head Instructor

Anya McCoy

Anya's website

Anya has personally read the 50,000+ messages that have been posted to the Natural Perfumery Yahoo group she started and has hosted since 2002. Imagine that - and you'll understand her breadth and depth of knowledge and her involvement in the natural perfumery community.

Perfume Awards:

Awards for Anya's Garden Perfumes and Anya McCoy as President of the Natural Perfumers Guild:

Cafleurebon: Royal Lotus - best new scent; Brave New Scents project of the NPG - Best Internet Marketing. Perfume Shrine: Best Project of the Year - Brave New Scents.

Best Niche Perfumer: Anya McCoy and her Outlaw Perfume project The Non Blonde: The Mystery of Musk and Outlaw Perfume projects Light and Amberess Perfumes Cafleurebon: Light Perfume - from Michelyn Kewdra Perfume - from Monica Best Buzz: The Mystery of Musk and Outlaw Perfume projects Perfume Shrine: Best Natural Scent: Light Perfume, Outlaw Perfume project Examiner.com:

MoonDance Perfume from Anya's Garden Winner "Best New Perfume" in the "Best of the Best" awards. Anya McCoy was also awarded "Best in Niche" and MoonDance and StarFlower were named "Best New Releases".

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's Fragrant Plants

Anya loves the fragrant plants at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in South Miami.

It's one of only two tropical botanic gardens in the USA, the other being in Hawaii. The staff at Fairchild were kind enough to share their Excel.xls database of Fragrant Plants with Anya, and she provides it here for you.

It lists the scientific and common names of the plants, the season of fragrance, the time of day the scent is wafting in the air, whether the scent is good or bad, the type of plant form, and a numerical key to the location in the garden.

The key map is available when you visit Fairchild, and you can print this out as a guide for your scented journey. Click here to download the Excel.xls document.

Founder and Head Instructor Anya McCoy launched the first natural perfume line in the United States in 1991. In 2013 she became the first artisan perfumer invited to join the Amerian Society of Perfumers, a great honor.

She authored the first college-level textbook in natural perfumery, sharing decades of research, experimentation, observations and professional expertise.

Anya launched the first online natural perfumery course in 2007.

Anya founded the international Natural Pefumery group on Yahoo in 2002 that now has over 2500 members. She has nurtured thousands of members of that group in the pursuit of natural perfume knowledge and community.

At the urging of members of the Yahoo group, she founded the Natural Perfumery Institute in 2007, which is the first online course in natural perfumery.

A passionate lover of natural aromatics, Anya started her studies in the mid 1970's, using hard-to-find perfumery books as her guide. She earned a B.A. in Economic Botany from the University of California, Riverside, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from S.U.N.Y. Syracuse and Syracuse University. During her studies, she focused on fragrant plants. In 1990, she was elected District Supervisor of the Soil and Water Conservation Board in Collier County, Florida - chances are she's the only perfumer worldwide elected to a public office! In 1991, she started a niche natural perfumery line, Anya's Tropical Essences.

She has hosted a lively 2200-member-strong online international natural perfumery group since 2002. In 2007, members convinced her to begin teaching, because there was a need for offline self-study and also online learning options for the serious perfumery student.

In addition to creating successful perfumes for her line Anya's Garden Perfumes, Anya is also the President of the Natural Perfumers Guild, an international association of over 150 natural perfumers, suppliers, associates and friends. Anya is a much-beloved mentor and counselor to many in the natural perfumery field, and has made herself available for questions and has contributed commentary and articles in numerous online forums, including the Yahoo group, Basenotes, Perfume of Life, and her blog, where she holds an "open session" for questions every Sunday.

Anya has blogged over 400 times on the subject of natural perfumery and has authored or co-authored numerous articles on the art:

Links to perfumery articles and book reviews by Anya:

An Evolution from Aromatherapy to Natural Perfumery 2004 (updated)

Book Review: The Smell Culture Reader 2006

IFRA/EU Boycott Primer 2007

The Beauty of Botanicals Made Liquid - The Passion of Natural Perfumers 2008

The Stages of Public Acceptance of Natural Perfumery An Evolution Unfolds in the Manner of Top Middle and Base Notes in a Perfume 2008

Book Review: What the Nose Knows - The Science of Scent in Everyday Life - Avery Gilbert 2008

Book Review:Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin Steffen Arctander 2008

Book Review: The Essence of Perfume - Roja Dove 2009

Book Review: Essential Oils: Art, Agriculture, Science, Industry and Entrepreneurship: a Focus on the Asia-pacific Region by Murray Hunter2010* (also on Amazon)

Book Review: The Scent Trail - Celia Lyttelton 2007

When you love a perfume, but your skin hates it. 2011

The State of Natural Perfumery 2012. Anya invited other natural perfumers to write about their opinions on the art in 2012. The article garnered Third Place honors by page views of readers of Basenotes where it was published in April 2012 *

Book Review: Floating Gold: A Natural (and unnatural) History of Ambergris by Christopher Kemp. The University of Chicago Press. Published on Fragrantica.com.

Book Review: Essential Oil Safety Second Edition by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier Press. 2013. Published on Basenotes.net

*originally published on basenotes.net

Adjunct Instructors


Bruce Bolmes

Bruce Bolmes

Website: SMK Fragrance



photo katlyn breene

Katlyn Breene

Katlyn's website
Mermade Magickal Arts

About the Instructor

Bruce Bolmes has four decades of perfume research and perfume making. He is the "go to" faculty member when we have a chemistry question. His family included a retired perfumer, so he grew up with a deep appreciation of fragrance. He has owned restaurants and is a chef.








About the Instructor

Bio of Katlyn Breen coming soon. Katlyn, an internationally-acclaimed natural incense expert and natural perfumer, will teach a seminar on natural incense making.





webmistress stephanie vinson

Stephanie Vinson

Stephanie's website
Stephanie K Naturals

About the Webmistress

Stephanie is a talented natural perfumer and maker of all things fragrant who also keeps the website up and running and eases the student's orientation with logical architecture that makes finding everything easy.

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1. The Natural Perfumery Institute and the Natural Perfumers Guild co-published a white paper on Proper pH for Accords, Perfumes, and Tinctures.

This is a helpful guide for artisan and independent perfumers, written to share chemical precautions to assist them in perfume production. The paper was co-authored by three NPI faculty members.

2. Perfumery Quotes - a delightful booklet to amuse and inspire.

3. Natural Perfume Materials book by Naves and Mazuyer - a wonderful rare and out of print reference book on natural aromatics.

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