Friday, December 26, 2008

Only a few days left for the membership fee discount for the Natural Perfumers Guild

Only a few days left to take advantage of the 20% off membership fee for new members joining the Guild in celebration of Natural Perfume Month!
This offer will end Dec. 31st, 2008.

Enthusiasts: $40
Perfumers and Associates less than 5 employees: $80
Perfumers and Associates more than 5 Employees: $120
Suppliers: $120
Read about the benefits of joining the Guild:

You can apply here and you'll be invoiced at the discounted rate:

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Australian Perfumer Emma Leah of Fleurage Pty Ltd Joins the Natural Perfumers Guild

Noted Australian natural perfumer Emma Leah of the Fleurage Pty Ltd Salon in Melbourne recently joined the Natural Perfumers Guild as a Professional Perfumer.

The Fleurage salon is in the trendy South Ybarra section of Melbourne near the Royal Botanical Garden. Visitors can revel in the Art Deco aesthetics of the salon while consulting for a custom perfume or simply enjoying the extensive line of perfumes, skin care and beauty items available.

From Emma's notes on her philosophy:

I only create with botanical extracts and I have spent 15 years using, blending, and studying essential oils. It is foremost their odour properties I am interested in and secondly their therapeutic properties. I have respect for the art of aromatherapy and it is a useful reference point, but it is the centuries old art of perfumery with natural oils that ignites my passion. I appreciate and enjoy the challenge of the complex and changeable nature of botanical extracts and their links to the earth.

My perfumes are born from my personal experiences and fascinations of the rich and diverse world we inhabit. As I take in the extracts I work with I see images of nature, the spiritual and mystical worlds, our sensuality, and individuality.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Natural Perfumers Guild Associate Arghand founder Sarah Chayes on PBS's Bill Moyers Journal

Sarah Chayes is the founder of Arghand, an organization that strives to replace poppy growing in Afghanistan by training Afghanis to make botanically-based body care products from local oils and aromatic plants, was interviewed on PBS-TV December 19th. You can read more here.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Natural Perfumers Guild Member Avery Gilbert Shares some Satire: If Chandler Burr Reviewed the new Burger King Fragrance

The Guild members sometimes like to share a bit of fun with others, and Scent Scientist Avery Gilbert surely scored big on the laugh meter with this blog post. I recommend you subscribe to his blog First Nerve as there is always something entertaining about scent posted there.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Natural Perfumers Guild Perfumer Dominique Dubrana Featured in Sniffapalooza Magazine

The image above is from a natural perfumery class taught by Dominique Dubrana

The latest issue of Sniffapalooza Magazine features an interview with Natural Perfumers Guild Professional Perfumer Dominique Dubrana. Editor Raphaella Barkley extensively explores the multi-faceted endeavors of the perfumer, and gives a glimpse into his philosophy, spirituality and techniques. Many links are provided at the end of the interview to topics of particular interest on his vast website

Monday, December 15, 2008

When a Perfumer Named Ambrosia Offers A Giveaway on "Death by Chocolate" You Know You're In for Something Wonderful!

Ambrosia Jones, Perfumer in the Natural Perfumers Guild, has a fabulous giveaway for readers of the Natural Perfumers Guild Blog. Please visit Ambrosia's site Perfume by Nature and if you mention this blog, you'll receive a free sample with any order.

But the giveaway is hosted here, so please read on to enter for a chance to win a chocolate fix for your body that is calorie-free ;-)

NOTE: please add your city or town when you post here on the blog to insure that we have the correct winner when chosen.

The giveaway is open to all who post a comment on this blog by midnight, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced Friday, Dec. 19th.

A new natural perfume for Chocolate Lovers:

"I am a professed chocoholic myself...and I've been working on the concept of creating a chocolate perfume for over a year now...

It's been an interesting journey. Starting with pure Cocoa absolute, extracted from the bean that forms tha basis of that delightful confectionery so many of us love....Chocolate can be so many things, sweet,milky and soothing, dark, bitter and perfume until now it has only been a mere bynote, used as part of a base chord in some oriental style perfumes with strong flower and fruit heart notes.

I wanted to create a real chocolate perfume, that showed off it's unique character without covering it up with anything else, that was truly "Chocolatey" without being too sweet or tacky I finally came up with a perfume that is made my heart sing. I have combined Cocoa absolute with an amazing, deep and dry Australian desert wood, just a touch of deep and delicious honey and a tiny zing of spice, to create a pure Chocolate Perfume that is both truly elegant and really magical."

If you'd like to try some "Death by Chocolate", "Perfume by Nature" is giving away a full sized bottle of Eau de Toilette (for Australian customers, overseas customers will receive a full size bottle of perfume oil) and 10 sample bottles.

send us an email telling us why you need mor Chocolate in your life, or go to Ambrosia's website at to order your own.

Mention this blog to get a free sample of one of her other perfumes with any order.

Don't forget - mention your city or town in your entry post. Thanks!

The winner is "Sandi" for the Mermade Magickal Arts "Kyphi" Perfume Oil

The lucky winner is "Sandi" - please write me with your mailing information and I'll pass it along to Katlyn Breen so that she may send out your bottle of Kyphi perfume. The Natural Perfumers Guild will announce another giveaway later today, so make sure you are subscribed to the blog to receive updates.

Friday, December 12, 2008

20% off Natural Perfumers Guild membership Fee Offered Through December 31, 2008

We welcome you to celebrate December is Natural Perfume Month and we invite you to visit the Natural Perfumers Guild site to learn more about us. We welcome you to join the Guild, and a 20% discount on the membership fee is being offered throughout December in celebration of Natural Perfume month.

Fill out the form on the Guild site this month and you will be refunded the difference of the discount.

Help us celebrate natural aromatics and work with us as we promote natural fragrances and educate the public as to the beauty of fragrance from a plant, not a test tube. The Natural Perfumers Guild supports artisanal distillers, works to lobby for fair business practices for artisan business owners, provides business support services and best of all - a network of like-minded people.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Natural Perfumers Guild member Mermade Magickal Arts Incense Awarded Two "Top Ten" spots - and celebrates with a giveaway

Olfactory Rescue Service, a blog about natural incense, recently posted the Top Ten Incenses for November 2008 and Katlyn Breene, the perfumer and incense-maker of Mermade Magickal Arts, won two spots in the top ten. Katlyn's Spirit Temple and Wild Wood incenses shared honors with incense from the venerable houses of Baieido and Nippon Kodo.

Katlyn is offering a bottle of her newest oil "Kyphi" in a giveaway here on the NPG blog. Just post a comment and you'll be in the drawing. Enter until Midnight, Sunday, Dec. 14th and the winner will be announced on Monday, Dec. 15th.

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Natural Perfumers Guild Welcomes Alpha Aromatics Organics as a Supplier Member

The Natural Perfumers Guild is happy to announce that Alpha Aromatics Organics, a division of Alpha Aromatics, an industry leader for more than 20 years, has joined the Guild. Alpha Aromatics Organics is at the forefront of the natural formulation consumer market, anticipating great strides in the field of natural perfumery as customer demand grows for natural fragrances. Chief Perfumer Roger Howell has more than 25 years experience and has created some of the world's most popular fragrance brands.

Alpha Aromatics Organics provides:

Certified Organic Fragrances

Absolutely pure, all natural fragrances created with the highest quality essential oils. The Alpha Organics™ manufacturing process is certified by the leading accrediting body. Buy with complete confidence for your next natural, organic or "green" fragranced product application

Natural Without Compromise

Find the perfect match for your hair, skin or body care application with an organically sensual fragrance. Work with our organic fragrance artists to establish your brand identity in scented products of every type.

natural & organic fragrances

Designed for natural, organic and luxury products, Alpha Aromatics® 100% organic fragrances offer an alternative approach to a wide variety of scented product applications including personal care, beauty and cosmetic products. Alpha Aromatics® organic fragrances are created from a fragrance palette that includes contemporary 'green' notes, such as fruit, citrus and herbs, as well as traditional spices, florals and woods. The natural and organic products market is one of the fastest growing consumer market sectors.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Natural Perfumers Guild Associate CZ Luxe - Holiday Specials and Free Shipping

CZ Luxe - artisan creations of Rose or Orange Perfumed Cleanser, Mist and Milk - all natural

To kick off the holiday season and celebrate the new website we are offering the following shipping specials this week only:

Free domestic shipping on all orders of $45 or more placed on the CZ Luxe web site!

$5.00 off international shipping on all overseas orders of $45 or more placed on the CZ Luxe web site!

Domestic customers - simply enter the coupon code: believe in the voucher space during checkout to apply the discount.

Overseas customers - simply enter the coupon code believe-intl in the voucher space during checkout to apply the discount.

Click here to visit the CZ Luxe site

CZ Luxe products

Spa Couture Line

Fabulous and functional. Packaged in elegant 100% Post Consumer Recycled PET Bottles. With social and environmental consciousness, we utilize global sources of indigenous wisdom and prized botanicals, then combine them with responsible science and modern technology to create the finest sustainable luxury body care products available today. Click here to visit the CZ Luxe site

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Natural Perfumers Guild Member Allured Publishing Media Giveaway - a $900 value - The Arctander 3-volume set on CD!

The Natural Perfumers Guild is pleased to announce one of the most generous giveaways ever!

Celebrate the Natural Perfumers Guild designated "December is Natural Perfume Month" With Us!

For everyone who has ever dreamed of owning the 3-volume "Bible" of the flavor and fragrance industry - Steffen Arctander's Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin and Perfume and Flavor Chemicals (aroma-chemicals) this giveaway may make your dreams come true. Even better - it's the searchable CD - fabulous for quick and easy research!

This is open to any reader/poster, anywhere in the world. It will be shipped insured and require a signature upon receipt.

Guild member Allured Publishing Media is generously offering two CDs - one for the general public - readers of this blog - and the other for Guild members! Many of the Guild giveaways this month will offer "two-sies" giveaways so that the general public gets a fair chance and so that the Guild members don't feel left out. The Guild members know they get great perks and benefits, so I'm just keeping the love flowing ;-)

All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog - nice ones are especially appreciated ;-) - and your name will be entered in the drawing. The giveaway is open until midnight New Years - December 31, 2008. The winners will be announced New Years Day.

If you are a Guild member and posting from an email account that I might not recognize, please indicate in your post that you are a Guild member. Thanks.

I own the CD and I can share that it is a fabulous tool! I also have the Naturals book, which I love to use, the the Adobe PDF CD is searchable and I love to quickly find out all the entries for, say, enfleurage or boronia or Madagascar or methyl eugenol. Sometimes I copy bits of the information and paste it into a document for an offline reference as part of a journal entry, for example.

BTW, since it is so pricey, I copied the disc onto my harddrive, and I keep the CD in my bank safe deposit box - a good idea for the winners.

This is truly the chance of a lifetime, and I wish everyone good luck!

PS: there is a special on Guild membership through the end of December - 20% off membership fee. I'll blog about that following this post or in the meantime you can visit the Natural Perfumers Guild website to read more about us.

PPS: don't forget that Allured is offering a 20% discount on any of their books through December 31st - just use the code anyaperfume at checkout (one word, no spaces or hyphens.) Feed free to spread the word on this to all the perfume groups, forums and blogs you may frequent.

PPPS: the winner will be chosen by

Natural Perfumers Guild member Anya's Garden Offering a Holiday Giveaway

Anya's Garden is Celebrating the Redesigned Website with a Giveaway

Click on the graceful photo of Anya's Garden perfumes with a fabulous clereodendron flower and wander down the fragrant garden path to discover the new aromatherapy and potpourri line that I'll be launching next year. Post here with the name of the new line and you will be entered in a giveaway. The winner will receive a set of samples of Pan, Kaffir, Fairchild, RiverCali, Temple and a 2ml tincture of the legendary rare and gorgeous ambergris. These samples retail for $30 and the ambergris is very hard to find, and I know a lot of perfumistas would love to experience my private stash aged, glorious tincture.

This contest closes in five days on Dec 7th at midnight, so check back here after visiting my new site, and post. This offer is open to anyone anywhere in the world with the exception of Germany and Italy - I'm so sorry, but shipping there is very difficult, if not impossible. If you're in those countries and wish to participate, you may if you have a friend in another country willing to accept the goodies and figure out a way to get them to you.

Note: Natural Perfumers Guild members are ineligible for this giveaway, but if they post on this blog, they will be entered for a duplicate intra-Guild giveaway.

JoAnne Bassett of the Natural Perfumers Guild Offers 25% off, free shipping

Holiday Greetings!

To celebrate this holiday season, natural perfumer JoAnne Bassett is offering you 25% off of your next purchase.

Just order online and write 25 in the comments section to receive the discount.

FREE SHIPPING on orders over $48.00 . Free shipping is only available for ground shipping within the continental United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii.
Samples added to every order.
Best Wishes!
JoAnne Bassett

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Stocking Stuffer - 20% off - great deal on Allured Books on Perfume, Spas, Flavor and Fragrance Books - and many more topics

All Allured Publishing Media books on sale for 20% off through 12/31/08

The image above is of the Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin volume - generously offered separately by Allured when they realized the demand for it among natural perfumers. Previously it was bundled in a three-volume set and cost $900 dollars. When Guild member David Mark contacted them, and their Book Manager and I talked, they realized that the natural perfumery group on Yahoo and the Natural Perfumers Guild were signs that this book was needed as a solo item. We will forever be grateful to Allured Business Media for this.

For several months now Allured has made a very generous discount offer on all the books they publish. Now, through December 31, 2008 just use the code anyaperfume at checkout.

The Steffen Arctander book Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin is widely regarded as the natural perfumers bible. Click here for the Arctander book on - but don't limit yourself to just that classic - check out the vast library of industry-related books here via the extensive menu.

Coupon code: anyaperfume which offers 20% on all Allured books has been extended until the end of December 2008.

PS: The Natural Perfumers Guild is offering 20% off new memberships through December 31st, 2008 too!

Monday, December 1, 2008

December is Natural Perfume Month

The Natural Perfumers Guild Celebrates "December is Natural Perfume Month"

December is Natural Perfume Month - When Fragrant Trees and Wreaths Bring the Outdoors In, and Natural Perfume is the Gift of Choice for Many

For a limited time only - in celebration of Natural Perfume Month - join the Natural Perfumers Guild and receive 20% off your membership fee.

In 2006 The Natural Perfumers Guild named December Natural Perfume Month in recognition of the growing interest in natural fragrances. The first naturally-perfumed gifts associated with the month of December were frankincense and myrrh which we use in their pure form in our perfumes. Click below to see a picture of rare Hojari Frankincense incense, one of the most beautiful fragrances in the world:

Ancient traditions called for a fragrant conifer tree, wreaths and boughs decorating the home during this time of year. Today, the wonderful aroma of cooking with sweet spices like cinnamon and clove adds to the ambiance, creating a true holiday atmosphere. What was old is new, and what our ancestors smelled and delighted in 1000 years ago is the same today - naturally.

As we now celebrate the third year where we recognize Natural Perfume Month, we'd like to share our belief that the giving the gift of perfume and fragrant toiletries at the holidays can be made more special by choosing gifts made only with natural aromatics that come from flowers, leaves, woods and other botanicals. Blended artfully by professional perfumers and body care specialists in the Natural Perfumers Guild, these handmade luxurious scented treats continue the ancient heritage of natural fragrances.

The perfumers in the Guild offer traditional perfumes in an alcohol, oil or solid base, such as beeswax. Some of them also create soaps, lotions and other body care products that contain only natural fragrances, no synthetic scents.

Associate members of the Guild make soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners, gift baskets, candles and many home and body care products with natural aromatics providing the scent - no synthetics.

We welcome you to celebrate December is Natural Perfume Month and we invite you to visit the Natural Perfumers Guild site to learn more about us. If you are interested in joining the Guild, a 20% discount on the membership fee is being offered throughout December in celebration of Natural Perfume month. Fill out the form on the Guild site and you will be refunded the difference of the discount.

Help us celebrate natural aromatics and work with us as we promote natural fragrances and educate the public as to the beauty of fragrance from a plant, not a test tube. The Natural Perfumers Guild supports artisanal distillers, works to lobby for fair business practices for artisan business owners, provides business support services and best of all - a network of like-minded people.