Sunday, July 25, 2010

Ask The Perfumer - Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Busy, busy this week -- almost forgot to open the blog for questions.  I'll keep it open a little longer tonight if folks post later than usual.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Ask The Perfumer - Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Ask the Perfumer - July 18th - please post your questions any time before 10PM EST USA and I'll help you with your perfumery questions.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A New Classic for the Perfume Industry: Essential Oils: Art, Agriculture, Science, Industry and Entrepreneurship: a Focus on the Asia-Pacific Region by Murray Hunter

The blog post today is the Table of Contents of the book:

Essential Oils: Art, Agriculture, Science, Industry and Entrepreneurship: a Focus on the Asia-pacific Region by Murray Hunter

My review of this must-have book is on Basenotes, click here to read the review.  The book is massive, informative and although the title may fool you into thinking it's just for those who are interested in EOs in the Asia-Pacific region - it's not. Just peruse this nine-page (single spaced) TOC. It's a legacy book, it must have taken decades to compile, and I have it on my shelf next to Arctander, Guenther, et al.




Chapter One: Introduction: The Development Issues
The Size of the Essential Oil Industry
Definitions of Essential Oils and Other Natural Aromatic Extracts
Product Strategy Choices
The Development Issues
Global Warming, the Food and Financial Crisis
Market Turbulence
Wild Collection and Threatened Plant Species
Bargaining Power of Producers
The Regulatory Environment
The Rural Crisis
Templating of Natural Aromatic Molecules
Factors Leading to Success and failure
Planning and Opportunity Assessment
Management and Organisational issues
Financial issues
Technical Issues
Land Issues
Marketing Issues
Strategic Environment Issues
Issues of Fate and Nature

Chapter Two: The Nature of the Industry
The Flavour and Fragrance Industry
Components of the Flavour and Fragrance Industry
Essential Oil and Other Natural Producers
Wild Collection for Essential Oil Production
Small Holder Essential Oil production
Local Collectors
Plantation Production of Essential Oils
By-Product Production of Essential Oils
Produce Brokers and Agents
Research Institutions and Universities
Producers of Animal Extracts
Essential Oil Producers Associations
Chemical feedstock manufacturers
Aroma Chemical Manufacturers
Specialty Fine/Aroma Chemical Manufacturers
International Trader
Flavour and Fragrance Houses
Flavour and Fragrance House Subsidiaries
Flavour and Fragrance House Agent
National Regulatory Systems
Standards Associations
End Product Manufacturers
Wholesalers and Retailers
Consumers and Derived Industry Demand
Essential Oils in the Cosmetic Industry
Essential Oils in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Essential oils in the Aromatherapy Industry
Essential oils as Intermediaries in the Production of Other Compounds
Essential Oils in the Organic Agro-chemical Industry
The Value Chain for Essential Oils

Chapter Three: Current Essential Oil Production in the South-East Asia Pacific Region
Eucalyptus Oil
Tea Tree Oil
Citrus oils
Peppermint Oil
Sandalwood Oil
Lavender Oil
Lemon Myrtle Oil
Lemon Tea Tree Oil
The Tasmanian Oils
New Zealand
Turpentine Oil
Manuka Oil
Lavender and Lavandin Oils
Other Essential Oils
Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands
The Philippines

Chapter Four: The Phyto-chemistry of Essential Oils
The Plant bolism
Amino Acids
The bolic Pathways
Secondary bolites and Plant Defence Systems
Aromatic Compounds Found in Plants
Terpene Hydrocarbons
Oxygenated Compounds
Nitrogen Compounds
Sulphur Compounds
Some Important Aromatic Chemicals
Terpene Hydrocarbons
Nitrogen Compounds
Sulphur Compounds
Other Groups
The Analysis of Essential Oils
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)
Other Methods of Analysis
Multidimensional Chromatography
Gas Chromatograph and GC- Mass Spectrometry Headspace Analysis
Thin Layer Chromatography
Infrared (IR) Spectroscopy
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy
Ultra-Violet (UV) Spectroscopy
Electronic Nose (E-Nose)

Chapter Five: The Extraction of Essential Oils
The Fundamental Principals of Distillation
The Stages of Distillation
Steam and Pressure
Wilting Crops Before Distillation
Water Distillation
Water and Steam Distillation
Steam Distillation
The Condenser System
The Separator System
Hydro-Diffusion Distillation
The Extraction of Aromatic Materials Using Volatile Solvents
CO2 and Supercritical CO2 Fluid Extraction (SCF)
Superheated Water Extraction
High Pressure Extraction (HPE)
Microwave Extraction (ME)
The Expression of Citrus Oils

Chapter Six: Developing Essential Oils
Exploring the Potential of Essential Oil Production
The Level of Commitment
The Challenges and Risk
Some General Success Characteristics
The Essential Oil Development Process

Chapter Seven: The Screening and Regulatory Process
Opportunities for Essential Oil Development
The Screening Process
Sources of Potential Plant Opportunity Identification
Desktop Studies
Screening for Development Potential
The Characteristics and Classification of Essential Oils
Evaluating the Characteristic Strengths and Weaknesses of Essential Oils
The Regulatory Environment
The European Market
Food Additives and Flavour Materials
The European Chemicals Agency (EHCA)
Biocidal Products Directive
Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP)
The United States
Flavours and Food Additives
Fragrance Ingredients and Cosmetics
Pesticides and Biocidal Products
FDA Globalization Act of 2008
Food Additives and Flavours
Fragrance Ingredients and Cosmetics
The Agricultural Chemicals Regulation Law
The Chemical Substances Control Law
Australia and New Zealand
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)
The National Industrial Chemicals Assessment Scheme (NICNAS)
The National Registration Scheme – Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
The ASEAN Region
The Philippines
Consequences for Screening by the International Regulatory Framework

Chapter Eight: The Development Planning Process
Environmental Analysis
1.      Rivalry Among Competitors
2.      The Threat of New Entrants
3.      Bargaining Power Over Suppliers
4.      Bargaining Power Over Buyers
5.      Substitutes
Factoring in the Dynamic Evolution of the Industry
Collating the Information into a Picture
Developing a Basic Strategy
Essential Oil Trade Price Fluctuations
Totally New Essential Oils
The Basic Principal Strategies of Essential Oil Development
Overall Cost Leadership
Diversifying into Essential Oil Production from Existing Farm Base
Diversifying into Agro-Tourism
Diversifying into General Essential Oil Trading
Diversifying into the Production of Consumer Products
Other Agro-Businesses Producing Essential Oils as Bi-Products
Market analysis
Supply chain
Selection of Basic Market Strategies
Planning Field and Technical Development

Chapter Nine: The Field Development Process
An Agricultural Enterprise as a System
Climate Change
Project Preparation and Early Work
Climate and Moisture
Plant Aromatic Material Composition and Pathways
Selection and Acquisition of Genetic Material for Planting
Seed Collection
Improvement of Genetic Material Through Recurrent Selection
Land Selection
The Socio-Economic Environment
Overall Land Topography-Ecology
Potential Crop Cycles
Environmental Assessment
Local and Governing Laws
Farm Design
Propagation and Planting Material Development
Vegetative Propagation
Budding and Grafting
Micro-propagation and Tissue Culture
Pest and Disease Control
Weed Control
Field Development – Preparation and Planting
Fire Breaks
Plant Populations and Spacings
Determining the Optimum Cultivation Parameters through Research and Demonstration Plots
Crop Field Maintenance
Weed Control
Pest and Disease Control
The Level of Farm Mechanisation
The Size of Farm Machinery
Selection and Design of Extraction System
Distillation Effluent
Potential By-Products from the Distillation Process
Storage Facilities
Good Agricultural Practice (GAP)
Financial Modelling, Feasibility and Evaluation

Chapter Ten: The Organic Production of Essential Oils
Basic Organic Farming Concepts and Practices
Crop Rotation
Cover Crops and Green Manures
Animal Manures
Crop Diversity
Natural Fertilisers, Minerals and Supplements
Insect and Disease Control
Biorational Pesticides
Particle Film Barriers
Insecticidal Soaps and Plant Oils
Botanical Pesticides
Weed Control
Planning and Site Selection
Integrity and Record Keeping
Organic Farming in the Asia-Pacific Region

Chapter Eleven: The Application of Essential Oils
The Classification of Odours
The Floral Family
The Woody Family
The Animalic Family
The Balsamic Family
The Agrestic Family
The Coniferous Family
The Marine Family
The Aldehydic Family
The Medicated Family
The Fruity Family
The Citrus Family
The Green Family
The Mint Family
The Spicy Family
The Herbaceous Family
The Classification of Flavours
Flavour, Fragrance and New Product Development
The Structure of a Fragrance
New Products and Fragrance Development
The New Product Development Process
Types of New Products
New to the world products
New product lines (new to the firm)
Additions to existing lines
Improvements and changes to existing products
Product repositioning
Product Lifecycles
The development stage
The introduction stage
The growth stage
The maturity stage
The decline stage
Idea Screening and Opportunity Identification
Concept Generation
Domestic, International markets and channels
Regulation and certifications
Tastes, trends, logistics, competencies
Relative competitive advantage
Chemical raw materials and packaging
The Development and launch Process
Manufacturing Plant Design
A Case Example of Developing an In-cistern Blue Block (Toilet Blue Water Block)
The development of the molding process
The development of the extrusion process
The Final Aspects of the Development and Launch
Intellectual property
Cosmetics and Personal Care Products
The Case for Natural Fragrances
a)      The difficulties of creating natural fragrances
b)      The difficulty in defining what is natural
c)       The difficulty of obtaining consistent quality natural raw materials
d)      The high cost of natural raw materials
e)      The limited availability of essential oils
f)        The limited number of natural materials
g)      Another step in creating a natural product
Natural fragrances as multifunctional ingredients
The future prospects of supply
Natural Perfumery
Household Products
Laundry products
Pine oil disinfectants
Insecticides and repellents
Mosquito and incense coils
Air fresheners
Orange oil and d-limonene cleaners
Agricultural Chemicals
Essential oil based fungicides/insecticides
Natural anti-stress preparations from betaines and essential oils
Essential oils in soap bases
Organic dusts
Plant extracts: pyrethrums
White oils
Pharmaceutical Products
Natural Isolates and Aroma Chemicals
Distribution Strategies
Niche products for niche markets
Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
Organic and ecological product certification
Halal and Kosher certifications
Environmental compliance
Occupational health and safety (OSHA)
The Holistic and Focused Enterprise

Chapter Twelve: Enterprise Viability and New Crop Potential
Introduction – A Re-look at Opportunity and Personal Goals
Wild collection
Subsistence farming
Community development projects
Small to medium family farms
Large scale farm/plantation
Producing essential oils as a by-product
New Essential Oil Crops
UV absorbers and blocks
Skin whitening
Flavour and fragrance application
Aromatherapy application
Agricultural application
Feed-stocks for biological product transformations
Some Interesting Crops
Ambrette Seed Oil and Absolute
Anise Scented Myrtle
Artemisia annua
Cajuput subsp. “Platyphylla”
Volatile fraction of coconut oil
Cryptocarya cunninghamii
Eucalyptus Oil (Blue Mallee)
Eucalyptus dives oil
Hedychium spicatum
Kesom (Vietnamese mint)
Lemon Myrtle
Lemon Tea Tree
Marsh Honey Mrytle
Melaleuca bracteata
Swamp Paperback (Rosalina)
Melaleuca quinuenervia  
Perilla (Shiso)
American pepper, Peruvian peppertree
Tea Tree (Australian)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Ask The Perfumer - Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Ask the Perfumer anything about perfume creation - Sunday July 11, 2010. I'll answer your questions and give you tips on how to pursue your dream of perfumery

Sunday, July 04, 2010

The Mystery of Musk Project is a wonderful effort on so many levels

I posted this letter today to several Yahoo groups I host: the huge natural perfumery group I started in 2002, the Natural Perfumers Guild group, and a subgroup of that, the professional perfumers group I started where we can discuss special projects, such as the current one, the Mystery of Musk.

Hello Everyone:

Here's what I wrote on Cafleurebon today to accompany the review of Nick Jennings' perfume:
"It makes my heart happy to see the first line "It seems inconceivable that there can exist so many gifted natural perfumers, of whom one has never heard." Nick really is a wonderful perfumer. In 2005 I created to try to get the perfumers on my yahoo group "out into the world" and it did help to a certain extent. However, it was the birth of such great perfume blog sites such as this that are the real messengers to the world. Thanks so much to the Cafleurebon crew!" I can add here thanks to so many other bloggers who are taking part in this project. The response is overwhelming and the reviews are simply incredible, from the very serious, thoughtful feedback to the wonderfully hilarious posts on Basenotes.

Yes, it was five years ago in May/June 2005 that I created - what a wonderful trip it's been! JoAnne and others were on the big NP yahoo group, and we 550 strong at that time - and now there are 2000 members! Wow.

But at that time, the perfume blogs were new, and many perfumers didn't have websites, and were trying to get recognition. did get covered on Now Smell This All of the comments seem to come from "Anonymous" but that glitch happened when Robin of NST switched servers and the original posters names (mine included) were lost.

Since 2005, I, and other perfumers, have been slowly building awareness of natural perfumery on the blogs, and it has really started to have wonderful results. The Mystery of Musk project was really a collaborative thread that started when Salaam, our perfumer in Italy, got inspiration from a blog by Ambrosia, our perfumer in Australia, about musks. Salaam had had a great success with my ideas how to reach out to the Basenotes forum when he launched his Mecca Balsam perfume. He thought a competition among Guild perfumers on the subject of musk would be a good idea.

I contacted several perfumers and we weren't keen on a "competition", we wanted a collaborative effort. I'm so glad we went in that direction instead, because it allowed us to have a greater number of perfumers involved. The visibility we now have because of the Mystery of Musk project is wonderful. The perfumers will have the musk perfumes for sale, a 'decant service' will be contacting us soon to obtain the perfumes to offer as samples, and the links to our websites will increase google rankings and much more.

The Mystery of Musk project is a great success, and we still have three more days of reviews to look forward to!

We're going to have another Guild perfumer's projects in mid-November, and this one also has a great theme and will be a showcase for our members. I can't wait!

Ask the Perfumer - Sunday July 4, 2010

It's a lazy holiday weekend in the US - yay, Independence! - but I'll be around to check in if anyone has any questions about natural perfumery. Hope I can help. Take care and have fun!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Mystery of Musk Perfume Project - The Natural Perfumers Guild + Giveaway of Kewdra in 10ml decorative bottle on The Non-Blonde blog

The Natural Perfumers Guild Mystery of Musk Project is Launched! July 1, 2010

Kewdra Perfume 10ml giveaway on The Non-Blonde Blog

I've created a "blog crawl" in the right column for all the participants in the Mystery of Musk project. Some are the official bloggers (see list below) and some are the blogs of the perfumers participating, and some are of the Natural Perfumery group members who are also reviewing the perfumes.

The reviews will be posted July  1 -  7, 2010 for the most part: some bloggers and perfumers had time constraints, and so their reviews will show up later in the month. You can get Google Alerts by using the keywords "Mystery of Musk". On twitter, the hashtag is #momusk.

This post is just to get the administrative stuff out of the way. I'll blog in a day or two about the creation of Kewdra, a perfume that went through many changes on her road to release! The entire time I was designing the perfumer was one of great personal and business challenges, from my mother's major surgery to the write up I got in the New York Times - I was swamped in so many ways! I was afraid Kewdra wouldn't be finished on time, but she came through, sultry, soft, and very, very mysterious. I love this perfume!

Natural Perfumers Guild Perfumers participating in the Mystery of Musk project:

Adam Gottschalk – Lord’s Jester
Alexandra Balahoutis – Strange Invisible Perfumes *
Alfredo Dupetit – BioScent by dupetit
Ambrosia Jones – Perfume by Nature
Anya McCoy – Anya’s Garden Perfumes
Charna Ethier – Providence Perfumes
Dawn Spencer Hurwitz – DSH Perfumes
Elise Pearlstine – Belly Flower Perfumes
Jane Cate – A Wing and a Prayer Perfumes
JoAnne Bassett – JoAnne Bassett Perfumes
Lisa Fong – Artemisia Perfume
Nicholas Jennings – Sharini Parfums Naturels

Bloggers participating in the Mystery of Musk project:

 Yahoo Natural Perfumery Group

Each of the 12 blogging sites will have a giveaway of a full bottle of perfume. The perfumers offerings were randomly matched with the bloggers, and you must leave a comment on the respective blog to be in the running to win a perfume.