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Natural Perfumery Institute Public Podcasts

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The Anya's Garden Natural Perfumery Institute makes natural perfume-related podcasts available to the general public so that we may share some of the interesting and important educational information with you. Students enjoy the educational experience of many more podcasts that are part of the curriculum, and are relevant to the Modules that make up the course syllabus.

Accessory Notes - Accessory notes are defined as aromatics with extremely high odor intensity aka strength or impact OR have an very unusual, off-putting weird or pungent scent, and tips to the use of these extraordinary, yet sometimes problematic aromatics are explained by Head Instructor Anya McCoy.

Aromatics discussed include Ambrette seed, Blond Tobacco, Celery seed, Cepes, Champaka, Civet, Clove, Cocoa, Cognac, Costus Root, Davana, Labdanum, Lemon myrtle, Massoia Bark, Mint, Oakmoss, Oregano, Oud, Patchouli, Vetiver and Wormwood. Others not mentioned here may include cumin, galbanum, yarrow, nagarmotha (cypriol) and others. It is hoped that this list will alert you to the potential ruination of a perfume blend by use of these aromatics in too-high a concentration.

Pronunciation of Perfumery Terms - Ever wonder how to pronounce ylang ylang, ambergris, or sillage? Head Instructor Anya McCoy humorously discusses the variations in pronunciation of a number of perfumery terms.

Terms discussed include Sillage, Chypre, Ambergris, Galbanum, Fenugreek, Helichrysum, Rose de Mai, Concrete, Absolute and Ylang Ylang, with a side trip to Paris.

Aug 9, 2013 - we're updating our podcasts and will be adding some more. Check back in a few weeks.

rose oil yield calcuation image

Some of the pure and natural raw materials that natural perfumers use are quite pricey. Above is an calculation that shows why rose otto, distilled from rose petals, is so expensive. Imagine the labor that is required to harvest those 16,700 ounces of rose petals!

Students in the Anya's Garden Natural Perfumery Institute learn all of the production methods, materials, economics and more in the Basic Course.


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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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