Monday, March 28, 2011
I Don't Supply Formulas for Students of the Anya's Garden Natural Perfumery Institute
Nowhere in the 350 page textbook, nor in the online study area of the website (access via password to the private area) will at student of the Natural Perfumery Institute find a formula. Not a formula for an accord. Not a formula for a basic perfume. I don't instruct students to study existing perfumes, either mainstream or niche, synthetic types, or natural.
Students are given the skill set to properly evaluate, analyze and categorize the array of natural aromatics that they obtain, either by purchasing the course kits, or have purchased on their own. They are instructed how to create accords and evaluate how the aromatics interact. They then are given instructions on how make a perfume.
This system works beautifully, in my opinion, and allows the students intellect and creativity to combine, allowing them to set their own aesthetic. They still adhere to the fragrance family paradigm, and select a cohesive theme for their perfume, say, a gourmand floral, but they arrive at that perfume by their own power, not because "xyz" that they constructed under someone else's tutelage gave them the idea.
This quote sums it up: