There is also a new Green Products line of stainless steel water bottles and insulated totes as part of her brand.
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.
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."
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.
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:
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
You can contact the hotel at:
Toll Free Number: 800-017329
Toll Free Fax Number: 800-210988
photo of women carrying kewda pandanus blossoms to distillery in India
photo courtesy Christopher McMillan http://whitelotus.smugmug.com/
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.