Ingredient obsession

I am not against transparency in labeling. I think it’s a subject that could use a lot of discussion. But I am against ingredient obsession. In a society that allows alcohol, tobacco and firearms to be freely purchased, and that turns a blind eye to the widespread use of illegal drugs, why are we concerned […] […]

Q&A: Ylang-ylang safety in perfume

Cory T asks What do you think is the upper safety level for Ylang-ylang in an oil based perfume? I have looked at the IFRA (International Fragrance Association) guideline and I’m not sure what to think about it. Thanks if you have an answer. I would appreciate it. ********** Hi Cory, thank you for your […] […]

Q&A: How Many Oils Can I Blend?

How many of your favourite oils can you mix together before you lose the plot, so to speak? And are, say, three stress-relieving oils blended together more effective than one on its own? *********** If you want something for, say, aching muscles or sinus congestion, then “fragrance impact” is less important. However, if you are […] […]

Essential oils in soap: interview with Kevin Dunn

Special thanks to Ken Harper of for making this interview available in Spanish: Este entrevista en Español! Kevin M Dunn has a PhD in Chemical Physics and is currently the Elliott Professor of Chemistry at Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia. His book, Caveman Chemistry, brought him to the attention of soapmakers and he subsequently directed a […] […]

Uncorked! The Natural Perfumers Guild blogging event 6.1.11

My father was born in London in 1911. He always told me it was easy to remember, because it was the year before the Titanic sank (who knew?). His parents were both French, so his first language was French, and he learned English when he went to school at the age of five or six. […] […]

World’s oldest perfumes discovered

The world’s oldest known perfumes have been found on the island reputed to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, lust, and beauty, Italian archaeologists announced. Discovered on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus in 2003, the perfumes date back more than 4,000 years, said excavation leader Maria Rosaria Belgiorno of the National […] […]

Tangerine-scented bird

Plants create essential oils by mixing together dozens of fragrant molecules. The functions of these fragrant molecules is primarily to attract pollinators and repel herbivores (generally insects in both cases) and to guard against fungal or bacterial infection. Interestingly, bacteria often produce fragrant molecules too. Insects produce the same aromatic molecules, which they use for […] […]

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