Monthly Archives: August 2018

From the Garden to the Bottle: Anya McCoy’s Homemade Perfume

Anya McCoy’s book on homemade perfume and essence extractions

This certainly has been a long hiatus.   I find that although I don’t need to keep up with what happens in the perfume world every week, I do love perfume, and flowers, and scented gardening,  so will continue to post occasionally about both, and as to the reason for my absence, I can give you that in one word: sinusitis.  Yes dear readers, you can overdo it, and I find that the best cure is restricting the number of things worn,  as well as choosing fragrances that don’t irritate.

There is no better way to get back into the world of scent than with Anya McCoy, who has written a how to manual on perfume making and extracting perfume essences.  Oh, how I wish this had existed earlier! Groan!  Really, the dreadful experiments that I tried over the last year while trying to make my own non irritant fragrances would never have been so awful if I had read this book first.   Believe me when I say, there were some appalling oily messes that went into “bath salts” last fall. Continue reading