Thursday, September 30, 2010

Perfume Accessory Notes Podcast

I hope every perfumer who has ever struggled with a perfume that went "muddy" or was overwhelmed by one or two of the aromatics learns some tricks with this podcast.  The trick is learning to evaluate an aromatic and seeing if it might be an "accessory" note.  Accessory notes can be very wonderful in a perfume due to their uniqueness and ability to add a distinctive scent, but because they are also very intense in nature, they can ruin a blend.

I'm posting these podcasts on my perfumery education website, and I'm posting them here until I learn how to create RSS feeds there.  Heck, I hope the RSS feed I'm trying to create here works.  If it doesn't just visit the podcast page on the website.

UPDATE:  I have the RSS feed working on the AGNPI website, so you can grab it there.

A look back at the articles I've written, and blogs, since 2004

I posted this on the Anya's Garden Natural Perfumery Institute's blog after I realized the recent list of articles on the Institute's website had never been listed before:
Director and Head Instructor Anya McCoy, natural perfumer of Anya's Garden, just published a list of articles she has authored on the subjects of natural perfumery, perfumery and book reviews since 2004. They are available for download from

McCoy, A. - Natural Perfumery:  A Fragrant Evolution (pub. Aromatic
McCoy, A. - Steve Earl - Position Paper: Defining Natural Perfumery (pub. self)
McCoy, A. - Robert Tisserand, Tony Burfield - IFRA/EU Boycott Primer (pub. self)
McCoy, A. - The Beauty of Botanicals Made Liquid: The Passion of Natural Perfumers (pub.
McCoy, A. - The Stages of Public Acceptance of Natural Perfumery (pub.
McCoy, A. - Book Review: What the Nose Knows (pub.
McCoy, A. - Book Review: The Essence of Perfume (pub.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Ask the Perfumer - Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 10 a.m. to 10 PM EST

I got a late start today after an early visit to my mother, but I'm back in the studio now, so if you have any perfumery questions, ask away.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Anya's Garden Perfumes mentioned in Chinese Vogue

I rarely check the stats on my website, but I did the other day, and found someone had clicked through to my educational website Anya's Garden Natural Perfumery Institute from Chinese Vogue. What the heck?! LOL.  There's a picture of 190 proof Everclear alcohol, and my name stands out in the chinese words, for sure, so I just had to run the copy through Google translator software. I like that 100% of the respondants wanted to make their own perfume!

Here's the translation:

Even if you are not an alcoholic, there is a wine you should know, not whiskey is not vodka, but Everclear, has recently been widely used home-made perfume. Everclear (pictured) are specifically fermented wine produced in cereal brands, only alcohol 75.5% (151proof) and 95% (190proof) two kinds of wine. Wow, even more than Erguotou "Lie" is much more alcoholic drink should be and it is no different.
DIY for the natural fragrance of Modern Alchemy
The modern trend in terms of the pursuit of personalized, traditional synthetic fragrance was really very monotonous, businesses have ordered a few years ago to launch perfume service. But in addition to expensive, but also the fun of yourself less. If you wish, now you can also create their own perfume absolute self, you can think of myself as an alchemist. Of course, homemade perfume also involves suppression of stem, leaf, petal to get the flavor, is a complex process. But even so, it has become increasingly popular in foreign countries, and as such, fragrance instructor training courses popular in foreign countries to not work recently.
Can not go on training courses abroad, it does not matter. Network has provided fragrance division Anya Mccoy online courses will teach you step by step how to create your own perfume. But I want to remind you, make your own perfume need more practice, natural perfume high price, but also a very broad value-added space. Probably tried later, you wanted to be a natural fragrance perfumers it!
(User vote, I will pick one to send a small prize, prize information published in the next issue of the "Edit Favorites")
1. If possible, you try homemade perfume?

1. I will! I would like to try Votes: 38,100%

2. No, I'm not interested

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Ask the Perfumer - Sunday September 19, 2010

I'll be available to answer your perfumery questions until 10 PM EST.  I'm happy to help!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Ask the Perfumer - Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 10 a.m. to 10 PM EST

Ask the Perfumer is open for today, so ask all your natural-perfume-related questions.  I can also answer questions that apply to mainstream perfumery, if you keep it in the technical area, like weighing, specific gravity, etc.

PS:  In case you missed it, I posted two podcasts on - more to come.

PPS:  I also started a Facebook page for my online perfumery course - join it to receive timely updates.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Ask the Perfumer - Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 10 a.m. to 10 PM EST

Are you laboring over perfumery issues this long, hot Labor Day weekend?  Let's see if I can help you solve them. Ask the Perfumer is open for questions.