Ask the Perfumer 7/14/2013 – Giveaway results, new giveaway!

by | Jul 14, 2013 | Anya's Garden Perfumes, Giveaway, natural perfume, Natural Perfumers Guild, raw materials of perfumery | 7 comments

The Natural Perfumers Guild members who won the musk and civet tinctures (Joyce) and Guenther book (Susan) have been notified, and here’s my email to the Guild discussion group this morning:

I didn’t realize until after Joyce wrote me that the random drawing resulted in two RNs winning!  I don’t know if the term RN is universal so that our international members recognize it, but here in the States, it means they’re Registered Nurses, and that they completed rigorous educational training and passed a tough exam.  Susan is also a chiropractor, and so we have quite the medical profession winners.  They stars must have been shining on them for their healing work 🙂


Vinaigrette ring that holds perfume, a beautiful example of aromatic jewelry

Vinaigrette ring that holds perfume, a beautiful example of aromatic jewelry

The latest giveaway is quite nice!

Eden Botanicals contributed a set of aromatics worth $300 retail.  Here are the natural beauties:

Bergamot FCF 1/4 oz

Cardamom CO2 1/4 oz

Cocao Absolute 1/4 oz

Frankincense – Somalia 1/4 oz

Ginger, Fresh – Organic 1/4 oz

Lavender – High Elevation 1/4 oz

Nagarmotha (Cypriol) 1/4 oz

Orange, Wild 1/4 oz

Patchouli, Dark 1/4 oz

Ylang Ylang Extra – Organic 1/4 oz

Sandalwood – Royal Hawaiian 1/16 oz

Wow, eh?

The other prize is a copy of a book I treasure, Secrets of Aromatic Jewelry by Annette Green and Linda Dyette.  I hope you recognize the name Annette Green.  She’s the founder of the Fragrance Foundation and a legend in the perfumery world.  Oh, and this is an autographed copy!  Annette Green signed the book, and even if your name isn’t Rachel (to whom it’s inscribed), it’s a treasure.  Lush perfume jewelry porn pictures!

For Guild members only:  Same instructions as the last draw:  Post an intro/bio about yourself (it can be very brief) and the prize you wish to win.  A random drawing will be held after noon, Tuesday, July 16, 2013, the deadline.

Good luck everyone!

Of course I’ll be here to answer your perfumery questions until 10 PM ET USA.  If you’re interested in aromatic jewelry, you may wish to read an article I wrote on the subject by clicking here. Intro paragraph by the editor of Cafleurebon, I’d never write that about my Fairchild 🙂 LOL, but you’ll catch the drift as you read the article.  Aromatic Jewelry can save the day!


  1. Marketa

    Congratulation to Susan and Joyce!

    Please Anya, could you tell me what kind of paper I have to use for scent strips? It´s better to make the scent strips from the coffee-filter paper or the hard paper?
    Have a nice Sunday in Florida 🙂

    • Anya

      Dear Marketa:

      There is a reference in your textbook, in Section 1.6 Materials and Supplies, to making scent strips with watercolor paper from the art store. I would add to make sure you cut them narrow enough to fit into the small bottles, so it is easy when you dip. Never make them from coffee filter paper, they aren’t the correct density.


  2. Aba

    Hi Anya,
    I have noticed that a lot of citrus essential oils are reported as being photosensitizing, with caution being given that they should not be worn if one is going to be out in the sun. Does this cautionary note apply even when you have used the citrus oil in a perfume or lotion? We have sunlight pretty much all year round in Ghana.

    • Anya

      Hi Aba:

      The amount of photosensitization in citrus oils varies according to the oil. Cold pressed lime, bitter orange and bergamot are the strongest photosensitizers. Distilled lime and FCP-free bergamot are available, but sample first, as the scents are quite different from the expressed oils. I should draw up a chart of photosensitizing oils for my students. There are other oils that are photosensitizing also, like angelica. To a lesser degree are cold pressed grapefruit, CP and distilled lemon, CP tangerine and sweet orange. If you use them, you need to have a label telling customers to use under clothing or at night. A nice alternative is using the oils, even the potentially-sensitizing (phototoxic, but sensitizing) oakmoss and others, is to use them in aromatic jewelry. Not vials with the liquid inside, since you can’t smell that, but “pierced” jewelry where the oil is put on a piece of cloth inside the jewelry, and can waft off the fragrance. I’ve blogged about this on my old blogsite:


  3. Donna


    We are looking into formulating 5 water based body spray using our 5 wellness inspired oil perfumes. We purchased a solubilizer that is plant based in a liquid form. I cannot find directions for its use though I’ve combed the internet and searched our personal library. Can you help?

    Many thanks and be well,

    • Anya

      Hi Donna:

      That’s a rather “blind” question you left me, not even naming the product, so I don’t know how to answer. I suggest you get back to the supplier who sold you the solubizer and if they can’t answer, return the product. You need to be 100% sure of whatever product you’re using. I’d be more concerned about potential microbial activity in the perfumes, due to them being water-based, and you need a preservative. There are NO natural preservatives, btw, one has not been discovered or invented yet.


      • Donna

        The product is Phytosolve and I will reach out to the supplier. Thanks!


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