Saturday, June 12, 2010

Ask the Perfumer - Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 10 a.m. to 10 PM EST

OK, ready for your questions starting at 10 a.m. Sunday. One or two folks asked questions on off-days this past week, and if you'd be so kind to repost them in this thread, I'll be happy to answer them.


  1. Ah, a nice restful Sunday, no questions so far - not that I wouldn't welcome any, but I am slammed with work. There were several folks who asked on off-days this past week, so if they see this, please repost your questions.

  2. Hi Anya,
    I'm interested in creating a perfume line. Who should I contact, what are the steps? I'm not a big company, but a regular person, but I think this could be something very special to create. I'm here in New York City.

  3. Do you know what a non-perfume is? Lolavie (Comme des Garcons had one in the late 90s) is coming out soon and it is described as a non-perfume.

    Also, are there essential oils, absolutes, etc., that can give you the ozone, oxygen scent that are sometimes listed in synthetic perfumes?



  4. Hi Shannan:

    You need to hire someone to create a private label perfume for your company? I would suggest you start by contacting one of the perfumers in the Guild

    I'll be adding a new perfumer who is in NYC in a day or so to the list, so check it then.

    Good luck!

  5. Hi Heather:

    I guess the term non-perfume is something to describe a marketing gimmick (and I don't mean that negatively, some gimmicks are great) but I've never heard of it. A non-perfume seems to me to be a non-scented product that should perfume the body or air, but doesn't.

    About the ozone or oxygen scent - no, nothing in the NP world that fulfills that scent, it's purely synthetic AFAIK.

  6. Hi Anya,

    How do you know if a perfume you have created is unique? Without having smelled each and every one of the thousands of perfumes ever created, how does one know that she has not accidentally duplicated a trademarked (if that is even possible) fragrance? It seems like this would be an even bigger concern in natural perfumery, with the relatively small number of materials available (200 or so), limited even further by their scent compatability. Add that to the fact that each artist's fragrance is not commercially/widely available like the mainstream market, increasing the odds that a duplicate is made without even realizing it.
    What are your thoughts regarding this potential problem? Do you consider this when developing your fragrances?

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge..I love your blog! Have a lovely evening.


  7. Dear Anya
    Please can you help me! I am following Mandy Aftels recipe for Amber. The recipe calls for labdanum, benzoin,vanilla.
    My labdanum absolute arrived the other day and is thick and sticky (not used it before) and the recipe calls for drops.
    I was wondering if when making an oil based perfume if I should heat the labdanum with the oil and then add the other ingredients and if this is the case would I need to do this with all thick ABs to incorporate them into oil based perfume?
    Thank you for any help you may send my way and for you fantastic blog! Regards Maxine


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