Leave a comment by 11:59PM Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 and you may win a half hour consultation with me regarding any natural perfumery subject. The following blog post is the foundation for this giveaway, as it touches upon many firsts I developed in my teaching curriculum, but you may ask anything you wish in the consult. Good luck!
When I established the basic perfumery course of the Natural Perfumery Institute (NPI) in 2007, there were many “firsts” I established. On the teaching front, I introduced professional-level methods to natural perfumery for the first time. No more impossible tasks like using “drops” of labdanum and other thick or solid materials, I showed the students how to dilute them to work with them in a logical, efficient, cost-saving method. Seriously, and I will let my bewildered side show through a bit – who in the heck can allow students to try to count out 100 drops of benzoin?
Out with the old, in with the new – the new, modern, professional methods taught at the NPI!
Another first from the NPI was the establishment of a lifelong enrollment in the student discussion forum for all students. I recently updated the welcome letter they receive when I add them to the forum, and I think you’ll find it makes a true home for the student, no matter where in the world they life. As I’m a long-range planner: I have a succession business plan. My will and trust are in place so that successors are poised to take over and continue the Institute and related student forum. Another first, because no other natural perfumery course can make that claim. The students truly will enjoy lifetime membership, in fact, I see the NPI existing well into the 22nd Century and beyond because of its strong foundation.
Here is the letter:
You have been added to this Yahoo group so that you may take part in the discussion forum for students of the Natural Perfumery Institute.
This group is monitored every day by myself and the adjunct faculty. We encourage other students to step in and help answer questions before we do, because that helps build the community and camaraderie among the students. If your question is not answered by another student in a day or two, a faculty member will answer.
You will enjoy lifetime membership in this group, something I established from the first day of instruction in 2007. Natural perfumery is such an evolving art, and a tiny niche community among the perfume world, I wanted to provide a continuity for my students. This way, you will maintain strong ties to the others in the student body and the faculty, and also be able to download updates as they are issued. For example, in August 2012, many of the forms and charts for the course received updating, and the suppliers lists was greatly enhanced. We are happy to provide such an ongoing service, because this course and its materials are no static, they are dynamic and respond to a changing world and new information.
My best wishes go out to you as you embark on this immersion into the comprehensive and rewarding natural perfumery course. Welcome to the Natural Perfumery Institute!
Anya McCoy, Founder and Head Instructor
Open enrollment means you can join the Natural Perfumery Institute at any time convenient to you. Enroll today at