How do I make essential oils at home? How many roses do I need to make rose-scented perfume? In the world of natural homemade products, crafters have a lot of questions about effectively extracting scent from plants. Finally, here is the book they have been waiting for, with answers they can trust!
Homemade Perfume from Nature is so much more than just a guide to making perfumes. Anya McCoy teaches readers how to extract the fragrance from any flower or plant step by step. Several different techniques are presented, allowing readers to choose their preferred method based on time and experience level. Then, they learn simple ways to craft that liquid gold into a customized 100% natural perfume, or a variety of other products such as body mist, massage oil and linen spray. At the end of the book, readers get a valuable guide to 45 common plants in North America with detailed notes on the scent profile plus recommended ratios and times for scent extraction.
All in all, this is an incredible resource that gives readers practical tutorials to craft naturally perfumed products at home.
The book has 100 photographs, plus illustrations for each plant profile.
About the Author
Anya McCoy is the founder of Anya’s Garden Perfumes. She’s internationally recognized as a leading force behind the revival of natural perfumery. She established the first retail line of 100% natural perfumes in the United States in 1991, and has been selling perfumes and teaching workshops ever since. In 2013, she became the first artisan-perfumer member of the prestigious American Society of Perfumers. She lives in Miami, Florida.
"In Homemade Perfume, Anya showcases both her depth of knowledge of natural fragrant materials and her comprehensive experience in working with them, showing us how to produce wonderfully fragrant oils, tinctures, butters, and more."
-- Robert Tisserand, founder of the Tisserand Institute
"This is an essential guide for every student of natural perfumery."
-- Mindy Green, aromatherapist, herbalist, and coauthor of Aromatherapy
"Anya is a master of natural perfumery and highly attuned to its many layers of craft. Those drawn to the art of weaving exquisite botanical essences into swoon-worthy fragrances will benefit richly from her insight and guidance."
-- Alexandra Balahoutis, botanical perfumer and founder of Strange Invisible Perfumes
"I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Anya McCoy for over 17 years, and what she doesn't know about the world of natural perfumery isn't worth knowing."
-- Grant Osborne, founder and editor of basenotes.net
"In Homemade Perfume, [Anya McCoy] gives you step by step instructions that are very clear, and with their help, you can make your own essential oils, tinctures, even hydrosols! ... The book is really nicely produced, clear, with a large number of photographs so you not only have instructions, but also have visual references to help you to understand exactly what to do, and how to do it in sequence. ... You really do get comprehensive advice here, and it is by far the best book I have seen on this subject."
--Blacknall Allen's A Perfume Blog
"Homemade Perfume is a rather comprehensive DIY 'treatise'' on the art of traditional plant extraction methods, taking you through 6 clearly structured chapters, supported by beautiful pictures. Anyone with the slightest interest in the traditional methods of perfume-making will appreciate how easy it is to apply the guidelines that Anya McCoy generously shares thanks to her 40+ years of experience."--Cafleurebon
"With a few well chosen plants for harvesting, and a few easy to gather tools, homemade perfume (and other scented products) is made beautifully possible step by step in the book Homemade Perfume by Anya McCoy."--Fragrantica
"If I ever were to tackle a tincture, Homemade Perfume by pioneering natural perfumer Anya McCoy of Anya's Garden is where I'd start. In a nutshell, Homemade Perfume is a primer on how to extract scent from botanicals and turn it into personal and home fragrance. McCoy describes the basics of composing a fragrance -- for liquid perfume she recommends that a composition be about 20 percent top notes, 50 percent middle notes, and 30 percent base notes, for instance -- but also provides her own straightforward, tried-and-true recipes."
-- Now Smell This