Sunday, June 03, 2012

Ask the Perfumer - Sunday, June 3, 2012 - until 10 PM EST

Tahitian gardenia in Anya's Garden
My Tahitian gardenia plant is flowering like crazy!  It's in its second year and really taking off.  I just got two tiny Tahitian gardenia *double* flowering plants that will be in the ground soon.

I'll be here until 10 PM ET tonight for any perfuming questions you have.  Stay cool - it's going to be way over 90F here today (Tahitian gardenia weather).


  1. Can a basic course such as yours also prepare me to work with aromachemicals? I may never use them, but I do want the option.


  2. It seems that so many more people are having troubles with 'perfume' be it over the counter or natural oils. Why is that?

  3. Dear Leslie:

    Yes, my course contains technical, precise directions for using any aromatic material to create accords, modifications and perfumes.


  4. Dear Dina:

    Glad you brought your question over here from Facebook. Blog answers are searchable, while FB answers disappear on the chrono scroll.

    This is just my opinion as to why people are more sensitized. The key word is sensitized. In the past few decades, people have come to want their bodies and surroundings (inside homes, offices, etc.) constantly scented. This creates a burden on your body, as you have to process and eliminate these aromatic molecules.

    About two decades ago, I began to read about aromatherapists having become sensitized to such innocuous materials as lavender. They simply put too much on their body and inhaled it, and also were diffusing it in the air.

    I'm all for the occasional diffusion in the air of natural aromatics to make the room more pleasant, in fact I'm working on a product line right now. But I will have a warning label to limit the use. Think of all those who douse themselves with perfumes and have incense or "Glade"-type plug ins burning constantly. Your liver just can't take the overload.

    When your liver becomes overburdened, a systematic sensitization occurs.

    People need to stop overdoing scents. It's that simple

    PS once someone has become sensitized, they may be sensitized forever.


    1. Thanks Anya. I know when I go to a friend's home and the room I am staying in has one of those 'plug ins' I remove it from the plug and open a window. Just before I leave I plug it back in. I love to add a cotton ball that has a few drops of rose geranium oil and vacume it up. It despenses a light scent while cleaning. I mostly use essencial oils mixed in water with a spray pump on the rare occasion. One pump in the air and walk into it. Some people still have a problem with that. Ya have to be darn close to even smell it. I say if you don't like the way I smell... stepaway. I also love the smell of raw amber which I carry in a small wooden box. People who you can smell from more than a foot away, or that use 'scent' instead of bathing are overwhelming. Those is just my thoughts anyway.

  5. Hi

    Is this Dina replying to my response?

    It always helps if you sign your name.

    Glad plug-ins and the like aren't the only culprits. I once visited a South Miami MLM aromatherapy store opened by a student of a local ATMLM line, and she had allspice diffusing at such a rate I could hardly catch my breath. That's dangerous!

    Natural perfumes are appreciated by folks and their friends who don't want to fill the air with their perfume, as you said - they need to get close to smell it.

    We need a slogan for our responsible, inoffensive scent use.

    "We smell light and nice." Dull

    Any ideas?


  6. Hi Anya,

    I seem to recall some talk a while ago about blending several roses to come up with a well-rounded rose or frankincenses or such.

    Is this done only with the same extraction of the botanical, such as only EO's with EO's and not an EO with a CO2?

    Also, is there a risk of this becoming muddy and wasting the botanicals, or because they are the same botanical material with smaller naunces or variances in constituents, is the risk minimal or non-existent?

    Thank you for your help!

  7. Hi Michael:

    Sorry for the late reply. Your question came in late last night, and surfing back and forth between Mad Men and the RHONJ occupied me until bedtime ;-)

    1. No, you can mix up the extracts, abs, EOs, CO2, tinctures.
    2. The secret to avoiding the muddy aspect is to create your accords by the method you're taught in the course. It's all about learning from mistakes, backing out of them, and getting on the right path again.
    3. You will find there are some GREAT differences, that's the fun part, finding the ones that work to create something new.
    4. You're never wasting botanicals when you are making accords or mods - you are learning. Plus, think of all the money you're saving using my dilution technique? I'm delighted that I was the first natural perfumery instructor to introduce this method from the French schools.



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