Thursday, April 24, 2008

Press Release: Natural Perfumers Guild and Cropwatch Oppose Limits on Citrus Oil Usage in Perfumery

Proposed Citrus Oil Limits in Perfumery opposed by
The Natural Perfumers Guild and Cropwatch

IFRA proposed citrus oil limits are cultural vandalism on the art of perfumery and are based on bad science, reports NPG and Cropwatch.

For Immediate Release

MIAMI SHORES, Fla./EWORLDWIRE/Apr 24, 2008 --- Cropwatch and the Natural Perfumers Guild have joined to charge The International Fragrance Association with cultural vandalism, claiming the proposed limits to citrus in perfumes will destroy perfumes.

The Natural Perfumers Guild (NPG) and Cropwatch decry the science and proposals of the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) as slanted and overly-restrictive regarding the amounts of furanocoumarins to be permitted in perfume and fragranced products. According to NPG spokesperson Anya McCoy, "We are very disappointed that IFRA have not vigorously defended the use of citrus oil ingredients against pressure from Brussels, specifically the European Union Cosmetics Commission (EUCC)."

"You can get more oil in your hands slicing up a lime or a grapefruit than IFRA wants to allow in perfume or cosmetics with its new proposals," added McCoy."

Furanocoumarins in perfumes and essential oils can cause photosensitization and phototoxicity if incorrectly used by the end wearer, resulting in perhaps a tanning effect to the skin in blotchy areas where applied and not protected against sunlight.

Most pointedly, the furanocoumarins in citrus oils are found by Cropwatch and the NPG to be given such a bad rap by the IFRA, that if perfumers have to limit their use, fresh colognes and citrusy perfumes as they are known will cease to exist. "We believe this to be cultural heritage destruction of the artform of perfumery."

Tony Burfield of Cropwatch has updated the Furanocoumarins A-Z listing in Natural Aromatics. Cropwatch took on the task of constructing this database due to the relative unavailability of such data to essential oil users and perfume formulators. This database aims to provide of accurate information on citrus oil furanocoumarin distribution in raw materials.

Summation of the issue can be found at

The comprehensive database is available for download at

The database expands on information about furanocoumarins - botanical species, variety, geographical region, processing methodology and time of season - which the IFRA previously published in an insufficiently detailed form to be useful.

Burfield added, "Furanocoumarin information is needed in the light of IFRA's proposals, currently set before the European Union (EU) Commission, whereby six major marker furanocoumarins have been identified by IFRA, and it is proposed that their concentration, in any combination, within retailed fragranced cosmetics should not exceed 5ppm for products left on the skin, and 50ppm in wash-off products.

"Such Draconian limits spell the end of the line for natural perfumery in traditional citrus colognes."

The Natural Perfumers Guild and Cropwatch contend that the IFRA and the EUCC don't have the rights to permanently encumber or damage the art of perfumery by denying perfumers the use of traditional citrus ingredients when a labeling solution warning about furanocoumarin risks, such as, "Only wear under heavy clothing," or, "Do not expose fragranced skin to sunlight for 12-24 hours," would easily suffice.

Learn more about the Natural Perfumers Guild at


Anya McCoy
Natural Perfumers Guild
Miami Shores, FL 33153
PHONE. 305-756-0065

KEYWORDS: Natural Perfumers Guild, Cropwatch, Tony Burfield, Mandy Aftel, Anya McCoy, citrus oil limits, International Fragrance Association, perfumery, perfume, IFRA, oppose citrus oil limits in perfumery

SOURCE: Natural Perfumers Guild

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Natural Perfumers Guild Earth Day Goals

The Natural Perfumers Guild is dedicated to the ethics and awareness of preserving and enhancing the planet Earth through the conscious actions of its members.

For Earth Day 2008, the following items are identified as goals of the Guild that will help us achieve earth-friendly practices.

Guild Owner Anya McCoy share the following goals and objectives in the hope that we can all leave a light footprint upon the Earth and encourage others to do so.

1. Guild members use only pure and natural aromatics that are plant, sea and earth-based and educate the public as to the beauty and positive environmental benefits of them. Use of synthethic coal-tar based fragrances is not permitted by Guild members.

2. Instead of having conferences in locations that would require air or land transportation, the Guild seeks to establish Web-based conferences to save fuel.

3. Local meetups of members will be encouraged to allow face-to-face meetings which are necessary for human contact and conviviality among those who share common goals. There have already been meetups in the San Francisco area, Miami, and Taiwan, and others are planned in the near future for Chicago and the Pacific Northwest. Carpooling is encouraged, such as the Miami members have done. Perfumers and Suppliers in the Guild are encouraged to donate samples of their aromatic creations so that the local meetup members can experience natural perfumes and fragrance products.

4. Web-based communications will be the norm for the Guild. The Guild blog will serve as a newsletter and magazine. Guild announcements, advertisements, articles and other communications will take place here. This saves paper, ink, fuel and is more immediate in nature than a paper-based communications model.

5. Guild members will strive to minimize packaging by eliminating boxes when possible, using recycled materials in their offices and studios and having energy efficient tools and appliances.

6. The Guild supports sustainable agriculture, organic farming practices and alternative technology. The Guild membership fees are used to support various organizations that promote these practices.

7. The Guild members shall encourage their suppliers and manufacturers of aromatics to adopt organic methods. The industry has been responsive to these requests, and we look forward to a future when many more pure and natural aromatics will be produced.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Natural Perfumers Guild joins Cropwatch in condemning IFRA's "Cultural Vandalism"

Do you love a citrusy cologne? Are you sensible enough to perhaps cover up your skin where the cologne is applied if you receive a warning label on the bottle of perfume that sun exposure may cause blotchiness? Do you detest and resist government interference in your right to choose? Did you know the limits say that you can get more orange oil on your skin peeling the fruit than they will allow in a perfume?

The Natural Perfumers Guild and Cropwatch decry the bad science and bullying tactics of the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) and it's proposed limits to the use of raw aromatics containing amounts of furanocoumarins in amounts IFRA deems unacceptable. We deem it "Cultural Vandalism" of the historic art of perfumery.

There will be a press release on this issue in the next few days but in the meantime please visit Cropwatch for more information. Warning - complex and wonderful detailed offerings from Tony Burfield - the database is 111 pages long!

The Intro (only seven pages) is a wonderful Burfield rant, logical and impassioned - against the illogical and bureaucratic mess that IFRA has once again gotten itself into. The database can be found here.

Protecting the future of availability and freedom of choice regarding natural aromatics, the Natural Perfumers Guild is proud to be associated with as dedicated a scientist as Tony Burfield of Cropwatch.

Friday, April 18, 2008

ArlysNaturals Features Select Aromatherapy and Natural Perfume Supplies on Sale for Earth Day

Arlys Naturals© Celebrates Earth Day
with a
3 Day Sale!

In honor of Earth Day and our love of all things natural -
visit Natural Perfumers Guild Supplier Arlys Naturals and check out the savings!

This three day Earth Day Special runs from April 21st to April 24th.

Arlys Naturals Founder is Aromatherapist Susan Stype,
a Florida Director for the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists

This Special Includes:

Aromas To Go Starter Kit
Peace White Tea
Water Nymph Botanical Soap
FanFuser Diffuser
Stargazing CD
Fragrance Testing Strips

Flight Synergy
Harmony Synergy
Utopia Synergy
Zen Synergy

Carrier Oils:
Sweet Almond Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Grapeseed Oil

Essential Oils:
Bergamot Mint
Clary Sage
Eucalyptus Radiata
Fennel, Sweet
Grapefruit, White
Lavender, Maillette
Orange, Blood
Ylang Ylang Complete

Arlys Naturals©
An Aromatic Oasis for the Senses –

A commitment to stellar quality, products and service since 2000.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sharini Parfums Naturels

Natural Perfumers Guild Professional Perfumer Sharini Parfums Naturals Announces Exclusive Limited Edition Launched

Sharini Parfums Naturels, the French natural perfumers have launched an exclusive limited edition range of luxury organic natural perfumes. Only 100 bottles of each perfume are available and can be purchased through the site

Ambre Royal Végétal - Eau de Parfum €46,00

The intense pleasure of amber is simply an olfactive paradise.
Harmonious and suave, amber brings an unequaled depth to natural perfumery which breathes like a flower on the skin. A treasure for all those who like the heat and the beauty of amber. Extremely refined and formulated entirely from natural botanical extracts. Royal amber stimulates directly on the olfactive system.

Musc Blanc Végétal - Eau de Parfum €48,00

A secret treasure unearthed. True concentrated exoticism which offers an otherworldly voyage of elegance. The first impression is of surprising tenderness thanks to the famous hibiscus seeds - a very rare and invaluable vegetable musk with a scent musky, slightly fruity, hot and exotic scent. Very sensual and carnal.

Honeysuckle & Saffron - Eau de Parfum €42,00

Exoticism, heat and sensuality are captured in this elegant and incredibly passionate perfume. Who can resist the allure of an astonishing combination of saffron and honeysuckle?

Neroli & Gardenia - Eau de Parfum €36,00

Romantic and timeless - for a discrete and subtle femininity with all the spirit and the sensuality of the white flower petals of Gardenia and Neroli (Orange Blossom). Luxurious, simple and timeless.

Sharini Parfums Naturels
54 Rue du Mazel
34150 Aniane
34150 Aniane

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Natural Perfumer JoAnne Bassett - Sale on Fragrances, Perfume Class and Perfume Making Kit Offered







Natural Perfumer JoAnne Bassett is reformulating her Divine Collection of Eau de Toilettes as Eau de Parfums, and is offering the final bottles of the Eau de Toilettes at a sale price of half off.They are regularly priced at $40.00. They are on sale for $20.00 until they are gone....

Call 1-760-309-2571 today to order these.

To get a 30% off discount just mention the word GUILD at checkout.

Please go to to order.


Get your "Make Your Own Natural Perfume Kit" that includes everything in one box. You'll receive high quality essential oils and absolutes and accessories. Visit to read about this generous offering. The kit will make a nice present for the budding perfumer or a gift to yourself. Take 10% off and mention GUILD at checkout.

Perfume making class - Aromatic Journey Workshop - The "Art" of Making Natural Perfume
Saturday, April 26 and it repeats on Saturday, May 3 from 10 am to 12 am.

This class is a journey into the art of natural perfumery. We will become familiar with essential oils and absolutes exploring how they fit together in a perfume. We will become immersed in the natural oils and learn about the top, heart, and base notes and see how they come together to form a beautiful bouquet. We will create a wonderful perfume in class for you to take home.

2 hour class is $150.00 prepaid only.

Call 760.309.2571 to reserve a space today. Credit cards accepted.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Natural Perfumery Class in Oakland, CA May 3, 2008

Natural Perfumers Guild
Professional Perfumer Lisa Fong

to Teach A Class in Natural Perfumery in Oakland May 3, 2008

Learning the art of natural perfumery is like entering a secret garden and rediscovering the beautiful scents that have always surrounded us. There are good books and great information on this web site, but at the beginning, self-learning can produce more questions than answers.

What are the best essences with which to begin?

How do you develop an accord?

Why do some essences disappear and why do some linger?

What are the correct proportions?

Why are some strong, and some weak?

The best way to get a solid start is to take a class from an experienced and knowledgeable natural perfumer. Lisa Fong of Artemisia Natural Perfume has taught natural perfumery for many years in the Bay Area. You will learn about many natural essences, the classification of these materials, and how to develop your own solid perfume.

The class will be held in Oakland CA. on May 3, 2008 from 9:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. This will be the last class until Fall. So get a leg up on your perfume skills and begin your journey of natural perfume creation.

Mention this ad and receive a 10% discount.

Natural Perfumers Guild members will receive a 20% discount.

To enroll or for more information, write Lisa at

Monday, April 14, 2008

Natural Perfumers Guild Supplier A Little Ol'factory - Sale on Tested, Exquisite Hydrosols

Natural Perfumers Guild Supplier Chris Ziegler of A Little Ol'Factory has a Sale on Hydrosols this week and other selected quality raw materials including Monoi de Tahiti, shea butter and more

Looking to save good green on great supplies?

Then this is your week at A Little Ol'Factory!

Due to the increased cost of transportation, hydrosol prices are rising! Because of that, this will be your ONLY opportunity in 2008 to get our amazing at these SALE prices!

Naturally Grown Neroli Bigarade Hydrosol

Certified Organic Bulgarian Damascena Rose Hydrosol

Certified Organic Bulgarian Alba Rose Hydrosols

All hydrosols are in stock, ready to ship and were just lab tested and shown to be far more pure than bottled drinking water!

Order from our Special Sale page to get theses hydrosols and the best prices we're offering all year on each of these other items (offer good only while supplies last)!

Below is a sneak peek of some of the other savings you’ll find on the sale page as well!

+ save $3.50 per lb on 3 varieties of Monoi de Tahiti – including our new Citrus variety - Scented with Skin Safe Distilled Citrus Oil

+ save $4.00 per gallon on Decyl Glucoside (Gentle "Green" Surfactant)!

+ save 30% on Gourmet/Prime Naturally Grown Tahitian Vanilla Beans!

+ save $10.00 per Gallon on Certified Organic Traditional Press Virgin Coconut Oil!

+ VERY FRESH Fair Trade Unrefined Shea Butter – on special!

+ Save over 20% - NEW ITEM - Roasted Coffee Bean Essential Oil!

And there’s more! Remember, you must order from the Sale page to get the best prices we're offering all year on each of these items (offer good while supplies last)!

Thank you for over 8 years of continued support and patronage!


Saturday, April 12, 2008

AV-AT Anatolian Treasures - Quick Buy on Turkish Rose Absolute -- A Necessity for the Perfumer's Palette

The Natural Perfumers Guild is proud to have Butch Owen of AV-AT Anatolian Treasures as a Supplier. In business since 1995 first in Turkey, now based in the USA, Butch has a reputation as a man who knows how to source the best aromatherapy and perfumery raw materials such as essential oils and absolutes. He then gets all the products tested via GC/MS and stands behind his supplies 100%. This quick buy originally appeared on the Yahoo groups, but this blog aims to spread the word about the fine products of Guild members to the larger internet audience. Here's Butch's long-winded (that's why we love him) ;-) ad, a Southern-fried fun-filled informative offer to "get in while the gettins good" on this quick buy:

Note: I advise since his website is having problems requiring redesign, use his butchowen @ address to reach him quickly.

All product claims and information contained in this announcement are totally factual and made in good faith.  As usual, I GUARANTEE the quality and the purity of these products.  You can not even purchase a more Risk Free Guarantee.   Lemme hear an Amen!    ;-) 

Any contact with me regarding this offer should be made OFF LIST .. e-mail addresses are below.

Over the years I have offered many buys of Turkish Rose Otto and Rose Absolute .. the last Bulk Sales Order I offered to y'all was in September 2007 .. for both the Rose Otto and the Rose Absolute. You bought a lot of both .. and as always everyone who purchased was happy and grinning like a Cheshire Cat. It will be no different this time .. except that there is no Rose Otto for sale now .. none available.

I do have access to 5 kilos of Turkish Rose Absolute, 2007 Crop .. grown and produced by the same second generation grower/producer I have used since 1995 .. a good friend and an artist in his own right. One of those kilos is committed .. to a Perfumery .. so I have 4 kilos to offer. That is why I am making this offer now .. bulk shipping gives me a much lower cost as my Customs Broker Processing, etc., charges the same for 1 kilo or 50 kilos.

A kilogram of TESTED for Quality and Purity Turkish Rose Absolute from any source you can find will be from $550 to $950 MORE than what I am offering below .. but I have purchased a few hundred kilos from my source over the years and he knows that I am a valuable distributor .. so I get some breaks. ;-)

The below prices are even much lower than those listed now on my Wholesale link .. but I have less than 5 oz in stock now so any order above 5 oz could not be filled from my Wholesale link in any case.

If you can find better quality buy it .. if you can find a price better than mine .. buy it. If you are in need of Turkish Rose Absolute now and can't find better quality for a better price .. let me know off line and I will
add you to the buyer's list.

Any buyer may request a copy of the analysis and it will be provided.

The amount I purchase must be locked in NOT LATER THAN Midnight, Thursday, 17 April .. I will make my order on Friday morning, 18 April and do a bank to bank cash transfer to him the same day.

There can be NO EXTENSIONS forthis order because the Perfumery wants their order soon. Based on pastexperience, I will forecast that the product will be in my hand within 14days of my order .. maybe less but that will depend on the bureaucrats atboth Turkish and American Customs.

Prices for this offer are as follows .. and keep in mind that one kilogram is 2.2046 pounds.

01 oz .. $ 94.00

02 oz .. $179.00

04 oz .. $340.00

08 oz .. $663.00

16 oz .. $1,259.00

01 kg .. $2,392.00

Those who wish to get in on this TIME SENSITIVE buy can contact me off list at either .. Butch Owen ButchOwen @ .. Butch Owen ButchOwen @

As has ALWAYS been the case with my Rose Product offers .. I must pay Cash up front and I must protect myself. I can not order based on as promise because Stuff Happens and sometimes folks find that they can no longer take what they committed to take .. that would certainly result in me being stuck with more product than I want. Accordingly, as has ALWAYS been the case ..

I must require a FIFTY PERCENT (50%) down payment for this Special Order .. the remainder .. plus actual shipping cost .. to be paid the day the order is shipped to you from my company, Appalachian Valley Natural Products (Anatolian Treasures) in Downtown Friendsville, Maryland .. population 597.

Payment options are Pay Pal .. Check or Money Order .. or all Credit Cards except NOT American Express .. I can no longer take First Born Younguns and AKC Registered Bird Dawg Pups .. even if they are house broken .. because I have my Sun/Son Alexander who just turned 25 months old and two nice Dawgs
now. Happy I am. :-)

Following every Special Buy I have offered in almost 14 years, folks have come along AFTER the cut off and asked to buy product .. their reasons for being late are almost always valid and I feel for them but I will not be able to accommodate. Please do not be angry with me if this happens .. contrary to what some folks think .. I am not a Troll. ;-)

AGAIN, I GUARANTEE that these prices are lower than anyone out and about now .. even lower than the untested oils offered by some clearing houses. They are also lower than the prices I now have on my Wholesale site. How much will we pay for Rose Absolute from the 2008 Crop? Nobody knows .. not even
the growers/producers. Will the price be lower than it is this year? Odds are far better that we will see $1.39 gasoline again .. or pigs flying over Mecca.

I recommend that prior to contacting me, you shop around and see what others are asking for this product. I can't imagine a better marketing position for me than asking folks to do that first.

I also recommend that you not wait too long to do this. ;-)

Y'all have a good one .. and keep smiling. :-)
Butch Owen

AROMATIC JOURNEYS: If you would like to take a trip through the Rose Fields
and Stills of Turkey, go to the following links ...

My writings on distillation of Turkish Rose Otto can be found at URL

Here is a URL with lots of good photos of wild aromatic plants of Turkey ..
taken during the List Mom's trip to Turkey

Martin Watt visited the Turkish Rose Fields in Summer 2000 - the following
article on his trip was published in the Winter 2000 edition of the European
magazine "Aromatica".