Saturday, June 19, 2010

Ask the Perfumer - Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 10 a.m. to 10 PM EST

OK, ready for your questions starting at 10 a.m. Sunday.  I hope everyone is enjoying Father's Day, either with your Dad or reminiscing about fond memories of him.


  1. Hello Anya,
    I'm still working on my solid perfumes which are coming along nicely.Please can u give me any advice on how you retail your fragrances as far as batch number goes.

    For instance if I had to recall my perfume due to legal reasons (heaven forbid,) should I be recording exactly which oils and there batch number have been used in the perfume its self and do you record a batch number for each mix that you then bottle/package?
    I am wondering is there a method of logging your ingredients that you use while blending.

    How can I come to a use by date with out waiting and watching for months!!

    Thank you regards Maxine

  2. Hi Maxine:

    You should always keep strict records of the source of all your products. It's not just for any government review, it's for your own good record keeping. I do use an internal batch and lot number that is kept on a database for my perfumes.

    It's easy to assign a code to each aromatic or batch of alcohol and jot it on the sheet when you're making mods, and then transfer that to the main database.

    "Use by" dates are arbitrary. Just pick what you feel comfortable with, unless your country requires certain expiry dates. You have to ask them about that.

    I believe you asked a question on an off-day last week, and I can't attend to off-day questions. If you'd like to resubmit it on a Sunday, I'd be happy to answer.


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