Wednesday, July 23, 2008

JoAnne Bassett, Professional Perfumer in the Natural Perfumers Guild, Launches Bath and Body Care Line

July 23, 2008
JoAnne Bassett launches a new Bath and Body care line to compliment her natural fragrances. All of the fragrances now have matching Luxury Silk Lotion, Luxury Ultra Thick Crème, Luxury Shower Gel, and Luxury Body and Bath Oils. This makes it possible to layer the scent for ultimate pampering. JoAnne's custom perfume scents are now offered in the new bath and body products also.

The new line is made using all natural, ethically harvested, and wild and organic ingredients. Some products in the line are certified vegan. All products are free of harsh synthetic chemicals, parabens, mineral oils, synthetic colors and fragrances, and phthalates.

Also launching is a new Luxury Skin Care line that is organic and some of the products are certified vegan. The line includes Luxury Gentle Milk Cleanser, Luxury Multi-Tea Crème Cleanser, Luxury Chocolate Body Butter Scrub, and Luxury Virgin Coconut Sugar Scrub.

JoAnne Bassett features in the launch a Home Products line featuring A Tuscan Fantasy Room Perfume, Bliss Room Perfume, and Passion Room Perfume. These Room Perfumes are all natural and rest in an organic grape alcohol base.

There is also a new Green Products line of stainless steel water bottles and insulated totes as part of her brand.
These new lines were formulated to be good for you and the environment.

JoAnne Bassett, natural perfumes
Change your life!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Guild Perfumer Dominique Dubrana Shares Instructions on How to Build a "Traveling" Folding Perfume Organ

Dominique Dubrana of Italy, a Professional Perfumer in the Guild has generously shared a step-by-step pictorial on how to construct a a traveling folding perfume organ. This item could be useful for bringing aromatics to venues such as trade shows, fairs or to a client for custom perfume. You can find the photos with instructions on Dubrana's website. There is also a short video on the page that shows how to make custom perfume labels.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Mary Forrest of Secret Garden Soap Featured in Gainesville Times

Natural Perfumers Guild Charter Member Mary Forrest of Secret Garden Soap was recently featured in an online pictorial illustrating the soap making process in the Gainesville Times.

The article is a fact-filled description of the proper way to create homemade soap and Mary emphasizes that she uses only natural aromatics, a basic policy of the Guild. The final quote in the article drives home the Guild slogan "Slow Scent" when Mary states about the luxurious texture and scent of her soaps:

"To me, it's the difference between homemade food and fast food."

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Natural Perfumers Guild Joins in the Effort to Stop the FDA's Global Harmonization Act of 2008

Anya McCoy, President of the Guild, took part in a telephone conference today that had as its core focus addressing the harmful effects the FDA Global Harmonization Act of 2008 will have on small body care and toiletry businesses. If implemented, this Act will force many of the hand made artisan cosmetics businesses to close, due to unreasonable fees of $2000 to $12,000.

This blog entry is to announce that the Natural Perfumers Guild formally is taking a stance to:


The NPG is pooling our membership roll, and also that of the Natural Perfumery Yahoo group into building a groundswell of grassroots efforts to give us strength in numbers as we work towards stopping the FDA. The most articulate message released so far on this subject is by the President of the Indie Beauty Network, Donna Maria Coles Johnson, and I urge you to visit her blog and view the video she prepared on this issue.

Then, PLEASE sign the petition on that site, and don't forget to use your full name and city and state.

The short story? This GHA will effectively put many of the small perfumery, body care and associated cosmetics companies out of business because of a Draconian $2000-$12,000 fee they are planning to levy for "registration." It is obviously a ploy by the big-name corporate "natural" body care industry folks to destroy the hand-made artisan businesses that take a chunk of their business away. Many of them forget they started out as we did, small businesses. We need to reach out to our legislators, the media and even our neighbors and customers to let them know about this unjust fee that will wipe out a majority of body care/cosmetics businesses.

The shutting down of our businesses will have a ripple effect in this economy that will be disastrous.

Again, please sign the petition and bookmark this blog and the Indie Beauty blog for updates. We are planning a lot of activities and pro-active actions in the next year, and your support is needed.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Natural Perfumery Class in Italy - Conducted in English

Dominique Dubrana, a Professional Perfumer in the Natural Perfumers Guild will be offering classes in Natural Perfumery in Italy in October. The classes will be conducted in English. Here is the announcement from the teacher:

Dear Friends,

Following several other requests that my Natural Perfumery course should be held in English, I have decided to do so.

It will be on 11 and 12 October 2008 in Rimini Italy.

The course is held at the Holiday Inn Rimini, by the seaside near the port.

The participant to the course who want to have their stay at the Holiday Inn can beneficiate of a lower rate, from a special convention that we have with the hotel.

You can see the course program at the pages:

Natural Perfumery Course 1
Natural Perfumery Course 2

For any information about the course you can contact us at

Tel. + 39 0541 86 30 13


Email :

You can contact the hotel at:

Toll Free Number: 800-017329
Toll Free Fax Number: 800-210988

Best regards

D. Dubrana

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Natural Perfumers Guild Establishes Grant Program

photo of women carrying kewda pandanus blossoms to distillery in India
photo courtesy Christopher McMillan

Anya McCoy, President of the Natural Perfumers Guild is happy to announce that a percentage of Guild membership fees will be distributed to aromatic plant growers and distillers around the world. This project will be coordinated by a Guild member who will help identify and disburse the funds. Of particular interest are businesses in the Third World, because a microgrant there may mean the difference between being able to purchase fertilizer, a farm implement, seed or a distillation unit part that is needed - or not being able to purchase same.

"I have spoken with Guild Founder Mandy Aftel about this program, and she agrees that giving back to those who produce the aromatics so critical to our art is a step towards providing a future for them and us. The Guild will also move forward to solicit funds from Guild members that will be granted to the recipients with acknowledgment of both the Guild and the donor member" says McCoy.

The Guild microgrants are intended to help any business associated with the production of natural aromatics and their extraction in a form used by perfumers and body care artisans. Disbursal of funds will begin September 1, 2008. A statement detailing the program will be published by the Guild before then, and input from Guild members is welcome as we all work towards providing help with this grassroots effort to promote and support the production of natural aromatics worldwide.