December 1, 2006

December is Natural Perfume Month


The Artisan Natural Perfumers Guild was formed to promote the knowledge of natural perfumery materials and perfumers who use entirely natural materials in perfume making. December holidays with their connections to traditional fragrances is a wonderful time to bring such scents into the house and also to use them for the body and for gifts. I find the idea that the materials are natural gives my enjoyment of them an additional self-nurturing dimension, like a direct connection to nature through the sense of smell, strenghened this way even while living in the large city of New York.
"The Artisan Natural Perfumers Guild has 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 those given in Bethlehem of frankincense and myrrh. Those fragrant tree resins are found in many natural perfumes today. During this month, ancient traditions called for a fragrant conifer tree, wreaths and boughs decorating the home. Today, the wonderful aroma of cooking with sweet spices like cinnamon and clove adds to the ambiance, creating a true holiday atmosphere. 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 Artisan 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 essential oils providing the scent. To make this a special natural holiday season and to celebrate the beauty of natural perfumes during December, Natural Perfume Month, visit links to the Guild members Web sites at http://naturalperfumery.com. " -----------------------------

2 comments:

Chris said...

I've recently become a fan of natural perfumes, especially the alcohol free variety. If anybody can suggest good places for them, please let me know!

Lucy said...

Chris, I think the best place are the members websites, for now. If you can get to Bendel in NYC, they carry Mandy Aftel's line, Aftelier and also at Barney's they have Strange Invisible Perfumes. You can go to Liz Zorn's site (see my current posting for a link) and she has some oil based perfumes too. I wish the natural perfumery people would pursue a wider distribution but because the materials are so expensive and the products are hand made and limited in edition, I imagine it is difficult to get them placed in the usual outlets which want volume...