Friday, September 1, 2017


For the summer of 2017
 
Roses, Jasmine, and Lavender
 
Sponsored by Coeur d’Esprit Natural Perfumes in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

Beginning on June 1, 2017 with an end-date of August 31, 2017 ie: they have to be in my hot little hands by then.

The Prize to be sent out by the end of Sep 2017 (barring unforeseen circumstances) – an Atomizer of Coeur d’Esprit Natural Perfume.

This is a light summer floral with a green undertone and brings to mind fragrant grasses and an array of flower petals from rose, lavender, jasmine, butterfly bush (vanilla/patchouli scent), and Japanese Maple (leafy scent). I have eight scented rose bushes, two types of lavender, and star jasmine growing in my front yard and, throughout the summer, it’s a perfume that enchants whenever I get in or out of my car.

Also remember, this is a ‘challenge scent’ so don’t worry about the IRFA regs unless you plan on selling it.

Your new creation can be in an alcohol, oil, or crème base (beeswax and oil).

Guidelines:

o       Please send the following information to me at  LynAyre@telus.net
your full name
mailing address
phone number
recent photo

website URL
permission to post your entry on my face book pages



permission to add your fragrance entry to the glam-bag give-away

Please attach a Data Tag ie: name of the perfume, list of the ingredients, name the solvent (ie: oil, alcohol), your company information (even if it's simply your name and contact information), the size of the end product ie: 5 ml; precautions, how to use, and the 'best before date'. (See photo for an idea of what a Data Tag looks like). Affix a label to the vial.

Please follow these directions

Submit the perfume and the following to me by 31Aug17. Please send it out in time to reach me by that date. Send it earlier, if you like, and it can sit here to mature.

o       send two 1 ml sample vials of perfume for evaluation via the postal mail

o       sign off for the Glam Bag Giveaway

o       write 5 sentences that tell the vision behind your new creation and submit via email

o       write 5 sentences about who you are in relation to Natural Perfumery and submit via email

o       email me the complete list of the notes (you don’t need to provide the number of drops you used) in your creation

o       email me your photo


Each perfumer is graded 1-10 on the following categories: how well they followed the above instructions; whether a short five-sentence about his or her vision of the perfume’s creation was included; whether a short five-sentence bio; a recent photo was included; were two Data Tags with pertinent information about their perfume included; plus: the balance, character, diffusion, tenacity, and structure of their creation.

A Natural Perfume has the following qualities:

o       Balance – so that no single component can be detected, unless it is a Soliflore.

o       Character – The twists and turns of a perfume as it evolves on the skin. What kind of a perfume is this? Is it a raunchy riot? Is it soft and gentle? Where does it take you? What’s at the heart of it? Does it have personality? How do the layers unfold? Who would this perfume appeal to?

o       Diffusion – does it surround the wearer with an aura of scent?

o       Structure – Is there harmony in the mix? Have the base, heart, and head notes been properly addressed? Are the proportions correct for these ingredients so that there is balance, character, diffusion, and tenacity? Does it have dimension?

o       Tenacity – staying power is the ability of a perfume to last on the wearer for more than just a couple of hours

 

Have fun!


The Challengers


~ Mary Ellen Dorey Cassman, Plano, TX~
www.doreyaromatherapy.com
 Vision: “Whisper” I wanted a fresh, warm and inviting scent, with a light citrus note of bergamot and earthiness to beckon the sniffer and have them linger.  The soft florals of lavender absolute, rose and jasmine are complemented by the spiciness of cinnamon leaf. As the base notes emerge, patchouli and sandalwood anchor and solidify the blend with a touch of the vanilla echoing the softness of the lavender, rose and jasmine. This is a toney fragrance for a woman who likes her elegance understated. 

Notes: Vanilla, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Rose, Lavender, Cinnamon, Bergamot

Bio: I am a Clinical Aromatherapist and Natural Perfumer.  I am attracted to scent and find it deeply satisfying on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.  As a reflexologist, I work daily with blends I create for my clients.  Natural Perfumery is the fun part of my world where I play with structured abandon!  I get deep satisfaction from creating perfumes.

Review:  This fragrance is very light and delicate, as the name “Whisper” implies. It evokes memories of soft summer night standing out in my front yard, watering my lovely flowers. It reminds me of the crescent moon and its pale light barely making it to earth but there nonetheless. 

 

 

 


 

~Jane Cate, Menlo Park, CA, USA~

 
Vision: The vision of my perfume, GARDEN OF VERSES, is based on the children’s book, “A Children’s Garden of Verses” by Robert Louis Stevenson.  I loved that book and it has travels with me through all facets of my life, to settle in a place of honor on my book shelf in California.   My mother used to read poetry from that special book to my sister and me, while sitting in our little English Garden at our home in Yonkers, New York.  My favorites were two poems “The Swing” and “Windy Nights”.  I would ask her to read those two poems repeatedly, and to this day, I remember every verse and line for both!

Notes: “GARDEN OF VERSES” Vanilla, Patchouli (Iron free), English Lavender Absolute, Jasmine Sambac, Rose Damascena, Tuberose, Bulgarian Rose, Rosewood, Bergamot, and Heliotrope blended in Bergamot Denatured Alcohol (organic and my own blend)

Bio:  A Wing & A Prayer Perfumes is dedicated to the art of creating natural fragrances using only pure organic materials. The motto for AWAAPP is “define yourself naturally by wearing A Wing & A Prayer Perfumes”, I believe in this and all of my perfumes stay true to this credo! Wearing a fragrance is a means of self-expression and I wanted to convey this in each fragrance I create, including GARDEN OF VERSES Perfume.  Even though I have been blending natural perfumes for 17 years, I am still discovering new natural ingredients and new methods in the creation of new fragrances.  Learning is an essential in the art of perfumery.

Review: Like a stroll through an English Country Garden, “Garden of Verses” reminds me of warm summer days, gentle breezes, and bright blue skies. It is a wonderful replica of something that can be found in real life. Very enjoyable to sniff and to wear.

 

 

 


~Suzy Larsen, Kelowna, BC~

 

Vision:  While listening to the soundtrack of the 1973 movie, The Sting, I was drawn into an unusually slow rag-time instrumental that was equally melancholic and euphorically uplifting.  Intrigued by this paradox in the tune “Solace”, I looked up the definition of the word and found that it is something that gives comfort, consolation or relief—if a song can successfully comfort in sadness but also aim toward hope then that’s what I wanted My Front Yard perfume “piece” to convey as well.  Although I have but three lavender bushes in my front yard, the herb grows plentifully in the Okanagan so I purchased local lavender essential oil and gave it a crowning place in Solace using more than 25% in the perfume concentrate.  Lavender triggers alpha waves in the brain and induces relaxation (a state most important in allowing ourselves to be nurtured and consoled); rose evokes nostalgia (comforting in times of grief); and jasmine stimulates beta waves (important for focus and being still in the moment). This trilogy in Solace is supported by bit players that enhance a feeling of well-being during times of grief or distress.

Notes:  Vanilla SCO2 extract, Labdanum, Patchouli, Peru Balsam, Rose absolute, Jasmine absolute, Lavender absolute, Lavender, Cedarwood Leaf, Raspberry Leaf, Black Spruce, Spearmint and Rose Hydrosol in Organic Cane Alcohol.

Bio:  My journey into the enchanted world of scent began on the family ranch in Southern Alberta as I encountered many awe-inspiring smells from livestock, barns, fields, gardens and my favorites: the dust from the Quonsets where freshly unloaded grain was stored and the dust from the fields where freshly cut hay lay.  In my teenage years my mother and aunt treated me to lovely perfumes that to this day bring back wonderful memories.  Perhaps these events ultimately led to my understanding that scent is powerful and can anchor us to the moment, engage us in life and help us live fully in it.  Becoming an Aromatherapist and Natural perfumer was the next logical step in my path to uncovering the exceptional healing capacity of the oils as well as tuning into their unsurpassed aesthetic beauty.

Review:  “Solace” is warm and enticing. It draws the sniffer in to discover how it was all pulled together. The light touch of spearmint is well-placed and brings some relief to the floral aspects of the scent. I felt very balanced immediately on smelling this fragrance.

The Samples

The Prize

 

A beautiful atomizer of Coeur d'Esprit Natural Perfume "Inspired", surrounded by an elegant gold sleeve, suitable for evening wear; and perfect to carry with you.

Inspired Notes include: Bergamot, Orange Blossom absolute, Orange Blossom Water absolute, High Altitude Lavender, Pink Lotus absolute, Mimosa absolute, Black Currant Bud absolute, Sandalwood, Oud, Vanilla, Myrrh, Beeswax, and Labdanum.

This perfume begins with a lively citrus opening, which quickly evolves into a garden of surprizes. It is deeply floral and pulls you in to discover the little nuances and ‘scent-bites’ it is offering. ‘Inspired’ has a liquid hypnotic quality that immediately relaxes and rejuvenates the wearer. The promise is that you’ll keep going back for another sniff.

Glam Bag Giveaway
 

There are two Glam Bags giveaways waiting for the first and second person who comments on the blog post and includes the words: ‘I would like to join in the Glam Bag offer’. Contact me privately though my face book page and I’ll connect back to you for your mailing address. There are two organza bags of the five lovely 1 ml perfume samples I’ve reviewed in this post. Let your friends know to to read and make their comments, too.There are two Glam Bags giveaways waiting for the first and second person who comments on the blog post and includes the words: ‘I would like to join in the Glam Bag offer’. Contact me privately though my face book page and I’ll connect back to you for your mailing address. There are two organza bags of the five lovely 1 ml perfume samples I’ve reviewed in this post. Let your friends know to to read and make their comments, too.There are two Glam Bags giveaways waiting for the first and second person who comments on the blog post and includes the words: ‘I would like to join in the Glam Bag offer’. Contact me privately though my face book page and I’ll connect back to you for your mailing address. There are two organza bags of the five lovely 1 ml perfume samples I’ve reviewed in this post. Let your friends know to to read and make their comments, too.There are two Glam Bags giveaways waiting for the first and second person who comments on the blog post and includes the words: ‘I would like to join in the Glam Bag offer’. Contact me privately though my face book page and I’ll connect back to you for your mailing address. There are two organza bags of the five lovely 1 ml perfume samples I’ve reviewed in this post. Let your friends know to to read and make their comments, too.There are two ‘Glam Bag Giveaways’ to be won by a lucky commenter on this challenge. Please include the words, ‘I would like to join the ‘Glam Bag Giveaway’ in your comment along with anything else you’d like to say about the challenge. Let your friends know to read my face book post and make their comments there, too. If this is not possible, head on over to my perfume blog and do it there. http://coeurdespritnaturalperfume.blogspot.ca/


Participants in the challenge are not included in this giveaway.


Contact me privately though my face book page and I’ll connect back to you for your mailing address. There are two organza bags of the five lovely 1 ml perfume samples I’ve reviewed in this post. Let your friends know to to read and make their comments, too.The winners can contact me privately through my face book page and we’ll connect so I can get your mailing addresses. The gift consists of a gold organza pouch with the three .5 ml to 1 ml perfumes I’ve reviewed so you can experience all of the entries, as I did.


The Results Are In

The Grand Prize Winner is

 
Suzy Larsen

from Kelowna, BC, Canada, for her entry called “Solace”

As soon as I opened the bottle, I was over the moon. This fragrance is so close to what I experience when I leave or return to my home over the summer months. This “My Front Yard” perfume design captured the warm balsamic and deeply floral notes in my personal front yard.


The Seal

Thanks so much to Mary Ellen Dorey Cassman and Jane Cate for joining in the fun. Your perfumes are all wonderful and you should feel very proud of your work and your resulting new scents. I appreciated each of your designs and it was a pleasure to play with you all again.

Please know that, before I do anything else, I do the sniff test and make my notes. I dab some on me and on a scent strip and sniff every half hour until it is gone. Then I write the evaluation. Finally, I compile this file with your vision, notes, bio, and my review.


I hope you’ll be back next year as I love doing this for you.


Love Lyn

Thursday, September 1, 2016



For the summer of 2016
Sponsored by Coeur d’Esprit Natural Perfumes in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Beginning on May 24, 2016 with an end-date of August 24, 2016 ie: they have to be in my hot little hands by then.
The Prize to be sent out by the end of Sep 2016 (barring unforeseen circumstances) - a 5 ml Atomizer of Coeur d’Esprit Natural Perfume.
This is a woodsy, forest, mossy scent with light green notes and local (to you) forest flowers. This brings to mind tree moss, damp earth, costus root, fresh florals like scented orchids, genet or broom, honeysuckle, berries, and fragrant leaves. Remember, no mushrooms as I am allergic. Also remember, this is a ‘challenge scent’ so don’t worry about the IRFA regs unless you plan on selling it.
Your new creation can be in an alcohol, oil, or crème base (beeswax and oil)
Guidelines:
o       Please send the following information to me at  LynAyre@telus.net
your full name
mailing address
phone number
recent photo

website URL
permission to post your entry on my face book pages
permission to add your fragrance entry to the glam-bag give-away

Please attach a Data Tag ie: name of the perfume, list of the ingredients, name the solvent (ie: oil, alcohol), your company information (even if it's simply your name and contact information), the size of the end product ie: 5 ml; precautions, how to use, and the 'best before date'. (See photo for an idea of what a Data Tag looks like). Affix a label to the vial.
Please follow these directions
Submit the perfume and the following to me by 15Aug16. Please send it out in time to reach me by that date. Send it earlier, if you like, and it can sit here to mature.
o       send two 1 ml sample vials of perfume for evaluation via the postal mail
o       sign off for the Glam Bag Giveaway
o       write 5 sentences that tell the vision behind your new creation and submit via email
o       write 5 sentences about who you are in relation to Natural Perfumery and submit via email
o       email me the complete list of the notes (you don’t need to provide the number of drops you used) in your creation
o       email me your photo
Each perfumer is graded 1-10 on the following categories: how well they followed the above instructions; whether a short five-sentence about his or her vision of the perfume’s creation was included; whether a short five-sentence bio; a recent photo was included; were two Data Tags with pertinent information about their perfume included; plus: the balance, character, diffusion, tenacity, and structure of their creation.
A Natural Perfume has the following qualities:
o       Balance – so that no single component can be detected, unless it is a Soliflore.
o       Character – The twists and turns of a perfume as it evolves on the skin. What kind of a perfume is this? Is it a raunchy riot? Is it soft and gentle? Where does it take you? What’s at the heart of it? Does it have personality? How do the layers unfold? Who would this perfume appeal to?
o       Diffusion – does it surround the wearer with an aura of scent?
o       Structure – Is there harmony in the mix? Have the base, heart, and head notes been properly addressed? Are the proportions correct for these ingredients so that there is balance, character, diffusion, and tenacity? Does it have dimension?
o       Tenacity – staying power is the ability of a perfume to last on the wearer for more than just a couple of hours
Have fun!

The Challengers
 
~ Shauna Rudd, St Albert, AB, Canada~
Whiteoak Aromatics
Vision: In translation, Bois des Landes means “Woodlands.” In perfumery, it’s the name of a proprietary blend of forest notes, but conveniently, it’s also the name of my neighbourhood in Northern Alberta. This perfume is a reflection of my Woodlands: it’s a forest Chypre with a natural accord of what I consider to be a prolific Canadian Prairie flower – evening-scented stock. A tendril of evening-scented stock drifts through cedar and pine to settle on a forest floor thick with branches, dried leaves and moss. By August in Alberta, the leaves are already beginning to turn, and this contemplative perfume feels like autumn’s eve as the last sliver of summer sun sets gently behind the trees.
Notes: Bois des Landes is an enticing blend of Bergamot (FCF), Coriander Leaf, Lemon, Natural Evening-Scented Stock Accord, Himalayan Cedar, Pinewood, Oakmoss (low-atranol), Mitti Attar (Baked Earth), Vetiver, Labdanum.
Bio: I’ve been studying natural perfumery for about six years, but only really started composing perfumes in a serious way a couple of years ago. My first perfume, Sundara, was an example of pure beginner’s luck when it won the Coeur d’Esprit 2014 Natural Perfume Challenge. I’ve had many teachers along the way, formally and through continuous invaluable advice from friends who I met though this vibrant community of perfumers. I’m now getting ready to launch a line of natural perfumes under the name Whiteoak Aromatics. (There, I’ve said it. You’re all witnesses. Now I have to do it for real).
Review: This perfume opens with bright floral and soft woodsy notes. Sparkling lemon drops fall on grass green coriander leaves. It is multi-layered and well-blended. Soon the more earthy notes bloom and rise up to my nose. It’s warming and I’m worming my way deeper into the hard dry soil of the summer wood. The balance between mitti attar, vetiver, and labdanum pops up and lulls me into a peaceful stroll in the Bois des Landes.
 
 
 
~Jane Cate, Menlo Park, CA, USA~
Vision: Pan’s Flute perfume is based on a memory of an early morning walk through the woods in the Tahoe Valley; walking through a wooded trail that opened up to a valley and a lake. The stillness of the lake, as the mist begins to rise and swirl above the water, to be lost in the air, and the clean scent of the mist, the green fragrance of leaves, the sweet fragrance of cedar, juniper, lavender and violet captured all my senses.  The serenity of the scene captured my soul and the olfactory artist in me, as it looked like a fairly land - an ethereal place, so dream-like in the vision, all that was missing were the Wood Nymphs to accompany Pan on his morning walk.  I wanted to capture the dream-like mist quality as a perfume.
Notes: Base Notes: Amber and Fir Absolute; Heart Notes:  Lavender Absolute, Geranium, Rose Damascena, Violet Leaf and Linden Blossom Absolute; Top Notes:  Mimosa Absolute, Heliotrope and Bergamot. The notes have been blended in perfumer’s lavender alcohol (my own blend which has been aged and is organic).
Bio: A Wing & A Prayer Perfumes was the winner of the Coeur d’Esprit 2015 Natural Perfume Challenge.  Even though I have been blending natural perfumes for sixteen years, I am still discovering new ingredients and methods in the creation of unique fragrances, as continual learning is essential in the art of perfumery. Our motto is, “define yourself naturally by wearing A Wing & A Prayer Perfumes”.  I believe that perfume is a means of self-expression and an extension of a person and not the other way around, so I wanted to convey this in each fragrance I create, including the Pan’s Flute Perfume.  A perfume should capture, if you will, who the person is or who they want to be! 
Review: This perfume is lively. It dances around my nose and entices me to sniff further. I’m enchanted and willingly follow the spritely Pan into the wood. Time for some play. I enjoy the juiciness and long-lasting sillage to the end.

 
 
 
~Helene Martz, New Jersey, USA~
Vision: When people think of the Jersey shore, they think "Beaches" not Woods, but we have beautiful wooded areas that I love to meander through when I need to unwind. There is one trail I enjoy following as it winds through woods and green grassy areas. You can see the horse farms nearby. Mimosa trees and tangles of honeysuckle fill the air with an almost cloying sweetness at times. This is my love letter to the Woods of the Jersey Shore.
Notes:Wild Violet WoodsSandalwood, Styrax, Tonka Bean, Ambrette, Oakmoss, Labdanum, Orris Root, Violet Leaf, Cassia, Sweet Clover, Rose De Mai, Tomato Leaf , Mimosa, in Organic Grape Alcohol
Bio: As a former Chef whose nose was always in the pot, to my work as a Spiritual Practitioner, I've always adored fragrance. Its ability to enhance Spiritual, Emotional and Physical well-being drew me to study Aromatherapy and my approach was to create beneficial fragrances that smelled lovely. As a Spiritual & Magickal Practitioner
I chose to work with natural essences.
I realized an interest in natural perfumery and began to study that, most recently I have begun Lyn Ayre’s Level 2 Perfumery Course, having completed Level 1. I love the ability to create perfumes with a purpose and that is the basis of Intuitive Goddess products.
Review: The green wood is calling me and I must follow the beckoning siren. It’s mystifying and uplifting aroma is lovely and gentle. This perfume has great diffusion and tenacity. The violet notes are really well done and the dry down is first rate with soft Ambrette seed, oakmoss, and labdanum.
The Samples
 
 
 
The Prize
 
A beautiful 5 ml atomizer of Coeur d'Esprit Natural Perfume "Tantric Notions", surrounded by an elegant gold sleeve, suitable for evening wear; and perfect to carry with you.
 
 
Tantric Notions Notes include: Black Pepper, Palma Rosa, Sweet Orange, Howood; Champa, Lavender absolute, Neroli, Ginger; Ambrette seed, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Vanilla, Hyraceum, and Spikenard.
A night of love awaits those who dare to wear “Tantric Notions”. Begin with using the smallest amount possible and work up to a full spray over time. This perfume takes away the mind and leaves the body in breathless anticipation of what’s to come. It’s a really good tool for meditation, too, as it puts the brain on hold and brings in a singularity of purpose.
Glam Bag Giveaway
 
There are two Glam Bags giveaways waiting for the first and second person who comments on the blog post and includes the words: ‘I would like to join in the Glam Bag offer’. Contact me privately though my face book page and I’ll connect back to you for your mailing address. There are two organza bags of the five lovely 1 ml perfume samples I’ve reviewed in this post. Let your friends know to to read and make their comments, too.There are two Glam Bags giveaways waiting for the first and second person who comments on the blog post and includes the words: ‘I would like to join in the Glam Bag offer’. Contact me privately though my face book page and I’ll connect back to you for your mailing address. There are two organza bags of the five lovely 1 ml perfume samples I’ve reviewed in this post. Let your friends know to to read and make their comments, too.There are two Glam Bags giveaways waiting for the first and second person who comments on the blog post and includes the words: ‘I would like to join in the Glam Bag offer’. Contact me privately though my face book page and I’ll connect back to you for your mailing address. There are two organza bags of the five lovely 1 ml perfume samples I’ve reviewed in this post. Let your friends know to to read and make their comments, too.There are two Glam Bags giveaways waiting for the first and second person who comments on the blog post and includes the words: ‘I would like to join in the Glam Bag offer’. Contact me privately though my face book page and I’ll connect back to you for your mailing address. There are two organza bags of the five lovely 1 ml perfume samples I’ve reviewed in this post. Let your friends know to to read and make their comments, too.There are two ‘Glam Bag Giveaways’ to be won by a lucky commenter on this challenge. Please include the words, ‘I would like to join the ‘Glam Bag Giveaway’ in your comment along with anything else you’d like to say about the challenge. Let your friends know to read my face book post and make their comments there, too. If this is not possible, head on over to my perfume blog and do it there. http://coeurdespritnaturalperfume.blogspot.ca/
Participants in the challenge are not included in this giveaway.
The winners can contact me privately through my face book page and we’ll connect so I can get your mailing addresses. The gift consists of a gold organza pouch with the three .5 ml to 1 ml perfumes I’ve reviewed so you can experience all of the entries, as I did.
 
The Results Are In
The Grand Prize Winner is
 
Shauna Rudd
from Alberta, Canada, for her entry called “Bois de Landes”
The Seal