June 5, 2010

In celebration of the 4th anniversary of the Natural Perfumer's Guild…


President of the Natural Perfumer’s Guild, Anya McCoy, has initiated an event in cooperation with BaseNotes which 12 natural perfume artists are selected (in a random draw by a third party) to participate in a cooperative perfuming project.  In this project, the scent of MUSK will take center stage.  This project is being called: The Mystery of Musk. 

In addition to the 12 perfumers and their creations, 8 bloggers have been selected to evaluate and then write about their impressions of the 12 unique, musk perfumes. In addition to the above “pros,” Anya has also graciously opted to select 5 members from Basenotes Forum and another 5 members from the Yahoo! Natural Perfumery Forum to participate as well.


In this event, each of the selected perfumers will create their own version of what they consider a quintessential musk scent using only natural ingredients! In Anya’s words, “It's as if 12 artists are invited to exhibit their paintings on a (single) theme… The viewers are shown the beauty and diversity of the different interpretations on a theme. It is a great experience for the artists and the viewers.”

As a special treat, one full bottle will be sent to each of the bloggers from one of the perfumers as a giveaway. Also, one Basenotes forum member and one Natural Perfumery forum member will also receive a full bottle as a giveaway. (The bottle size at the discretion of the perfumer, and may vary from 4mls upwards.)

Soooo, mark your calendars and join the blogs, because during the week of July 1st-7th, 2010, 18 reviews of the 12 creations will be posted on the blogs and forums (see below) for everyone to follow along!  This should be a very interesting and entertaining experience for all (not to mention we might all learn a thing or two!)


The Perfume Artists:
Adam Gottschalk – Lord’s Jester
Alexandra Balahoutis – Strange Invisible Perfumes
Alfredo Dupetit – BioScent by dupetit
Ambrosia Jones – Perfume by Nature
Charna Ethier – Providence Perfumes
Dawn Spencer Hurwitz – DSH Perfumes
Elise Pearlstine – Belly Flower Perfumes
JoAnne Bassett – JoAnne Bassett Perfumes
Lisa Fong – Artemisia Perfume
Nicholas Jennings – Sharini Parfums Naturels

The Bloggers:
I Smell Therefore I Am - Abigail Levin
Indie Perfumes - Lucy Raubertas
Bitter Grace Notes - Maria Browning
Olfactarama - Pat Borow

Yahoo! Natural Perfumery Forum Members:
Marla Robb
Chris Morrison – Scents Ability
Alfred Eberle
Lisa A

(Still waiting for the list of 5 from BaseNotes)


  1. Hi! Chris ~ New at the NaturalPerfumery Yahoo group...saw your post about your NEW blog, asking for reader views & feedback.

    NICE job. Gorgeous white rose header photo! (Speaking as both a rose gardener & photographer.) And love those old botanical engravings, too.

    Eager to read everyone's evaluations...

    from northern CA (a hour's drive north of SF),


  2. Hi Cynthe,

    Thanks so much for stopping by! You are my very first commet!
    Thanks for the compliment on my photo, too! It is my other passion... besides wine making and gardening... oh.. so much to do and so little time!

    I am an hour and a half below SF!


  3. Your blog looks great Chris! I'm excited about this project. I can't wait to read your reviews.


  4. Looks great hon'! I really like the pictures...it's really good to have a visual reminder of what's in the perfumes: Real Plants and Natural things!

    I agree with Chris too, the header picture of the rose is GORGEOUS!


  5. This is beautiful!

    Amanda aka Doodlebugsmama from Yahoo group =)