Sunday, December 04, 2011

Ask the Perfumer - Sunday, December 4, 2011 - until 10 PM EST

Good morning/afternoon all!  I went out early today and didn't get Ask the Perfumer posted before I did.  I'll be here until 10 PM tonight, so please feel free to submit your questions about perfumery, any aspect of perfumery.

PS Doreen and Sandi - I didn't see your messages for the 13th Sign post until today.  I announced the winner for the drawing the other day, but she hasn't responded yet.  I'll wait one more day and put everyone, you two included, into another random draw for White Smoke - a lush, floral, pretty ambery perfume.  Good luck!


  1. namaste anya!

    i am very excited about your Prima Aroma line; can you tell us more about the concept? a healing line of perfume? how do you see this differing from your regular line?

    much light! einsof

  2. hi einsof

    I conceived the Prima Aroma line a few years ago, as a way of honoring those who came before us in the fragrance arts. I was originally going to launch the line with tribute to Avicienna, the physician and scientist who first observed rose otto forming in a canal after rose petals had been lavishly strewn to celebrate a wedding. Do you know that story? Maria the Jewess, Farina, etc. - all worked in healing ways, and used natural aromatics.

    It just so happened that the Ophiucus 13th Sign project led me back to Prima Aroma, and I will launch a perfume in that line on Valentine's Day, the day of love, truly Libran :-)

    My Anya's Garden line of perfumes are created in the modern manner, with mostly French methods being used. Prima Aroma will allow me to step outside that stricture, creating perfumes with more of an aromatherapeutic intent, or perhaps in the Islamic or Far Eastern styles.



    yes, i am familiar with Avicenna, Maria, Farina... it's our history of sorts, eh?

    this is exciting work!

    much light!! einsof

  4. Congratulations on the coverage on Fragrantica!

    I was wondering if you could share any additional tips, tricks, basic instructions, or uses for the ultrasonic cleaners in perfumery.

    I have read via your blog, the yahoo groups, and our textbook about using it for ultrasonic extracts (kind of like a tincture) as well as for aging perfumes and for aging specific oils like Patchouli. I was hoping for a little more info about these things as an ultrasonic cleaner is at the top of my wish list for the holidays, right next to the filtration kit with the buchner funnel!

    As a side note, do you know anything about their application for medicinal tinctures by chance?

    Also, can the bonus modules from the course be purchased individually, as I hear you have a wealth of information on ultrasonics in the bonus module.

    Thanks so much!


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