This is the first hydrosol
I have created in a year, and the first of 2013. Made in my lovely
copper al embic on very low heat, it took hours of distillation to
create the lovely crystalline oil filled hydrosol that smells sweet and
juicy and fresh. Since this orange oil and hydro was distilled and not
cold pressed, it is safe to use in the sun! There are no issues of
phototoxicity with distilled citrus. So spray away! In your hair, your
face, neck, decolletage, bum, knees and toes. It makes for a refreshing
light spring fragrance and rejuvenating aromatic toner.
Whole fruit, including the juice and peel, were distilled to create this lovely hydrosol. 4 oz amber glass sprayer
The al embic was finally fired up and after hour after hour of excruciating drip, drip, drip, into sterile bottles, the lovely new hydrosol emerged ~ blood orange hydrosol, sweet and juicy and extremely fruity smelling. Since this orange oil and hydro was distilled and not cold pressed, it is safe to use in the sun! There are no issues of phototoxicity with distilled citrus. So spray away! In your hair, your face, neck, decolletage, bum, knees and toes. It makes for a refreshing light spring fragrance and rejuvenating aromatic spray.
I just have to say that
the frankincense oil I used in this is so fine! (Imagine that statement
in a sing-song voice). So fine ~ gorgeous Omani frankincense blended
with a few drops (in each bottle) of the lovely rose de Mai and folded
into a half-and-half mixture of anti-inflammatory organic borage oil and
anti-oxidant (vitamin E rich) organic pumpkin seed oil. I also must
confess that while mixing this little bit of heaven, I began in a bit of
a funk having woken up late and then discovering the day was dreary,
cold, overcast, with the monsoon rains pouring down, but by the end of
the formulating session, I felt a sense of euphoria and that juxtaposed a
sense of calm and the feeling that all is well and whatever gloom and
doom I'd allowed into my spirit from the late morning was (and is) gone
-- utterly. And also (more confessions) I've been using the
half-and-half borage/pumpkin blend sans scent for the past week on my
new tattoo and it is the only application of any combination of oils
that has soothed my healing skin, keeping it soft and supple without any
greasy residue. I adore the borage/pumpkin blend and I think you will
too -- it just makes it doubly wonderful with that gorgeous, beautiful,
divine Omani frankincense that is sooooo fine!
I've been sitting on this for a couple of weeks now, waiting to spring
it on you. Now that I have it seems a bit anti-climatic. But here goes:
This scent is deep and earthy and grounding and divine. I find it is the
perfect anointing oil for healing meditation, pranic work, and just
before bed to experience vivid and profound dreams. This oil is heavily
scented and can be worn as a scent-of-the-day, or for spiritual and
healing work, plus it is quite nice to the skin and sinks in with little
A soap of the same oil is also being offered, Tranquil
Grotto, and offers a bit more in the way of chamomile, rosemary, and
clary sage essential oils added in --
The oil base for
Tranquility Perfumed Anointing Oil is rich sunflower; the scenting oils
are davana, patchouli, frankincense, vetyver mitti, and holy basil.
The kyphi making class is scheduled for October 13, 2012 from 1pm to 4pm
-- I'd like to 'invite' whoever wishes to join me for this special
class. The class cost is $20 and you receive full instruction in the
creation of Ancient Egyptian incense making, plus 9 grams of very
strongly scented handmade kyphi (Golden Kyphi) from The Scented Djinn.
If you should choose to pay for the class in advance, please use the button here on the blog (to the right) to do so.
Golden Kyphi Par fume of the ancients, The Scented Djinn's Golden Kyphi is a lush fragrant smoking incense infused with intentions to ~ Banish Negativity ~ Golden raisins and organic apricots are soaked in rose wine and combined with warm honey infused with frankincense resin; over the course of weeks, more aromatics are added ~ benzoin, hand crushed myrrh resin, Egyptian chamomile, aloeswood, galangal, white santal, green cardamom, calamus & saffron. Oils of olibanum from Oman, India and Somalia are added, as well as oils of myrrh, styrax, labdanum, vintage Mysore santal, Himalayan cedarwood, balsam fir, coriander, spikenard & galbanum As the kyphi dries the oils of rose, ambriene and Siam benzoin are added ~ the kyphi rests for 60 days ~ 9 grams ~ $ 4.40 (charcoal NOT included)
Who should take the Natural Perfume Academy Course?
Independent Natural Botanical Perfumers
In-house Company Perfumers
Essential Oil producers, Bulk sellers, distillers, distributors and agents
Those in the beauty therapy and salon industry.
Retail oulets in the beauty and perfume industry.
Those who are serious about the subject and want to step up to the professional level.
What will the Natural Perfume Academy Course do for an existing perfumery business or company? The
Natural Perfume Academy distance-learning course provides a
cost-effective, flexible element in the training of professionals in the
perfumery industry. It provides a world view of the Natural Perfume
industry so that individuals can improve their capabilities.
essential oil producers and distributors, the course not only presents
distinct consideration of this level of the industry, but also provides
better insight into how and why materials are used by natural perfumers.
Better understanding of customers improves sales performance.
natural perfumers themselves, crucial issues such as management of the
brief are considered, thereby improving personal performance. The
inclusion of the make-up and production of natural materials provides
the essential grounding that is needed by all creative natural botanical
What will the Natural Perfume Academy Course do for me?
Natural Perfume Academy course is a combination of art, science,
practical applications and management. For students without a scientific
background, the necessary grounding is provided.
student, the course provides the answer to the question "What is special
about the Natural Perfume industry". The inclusion from production to
end consumer product provides the much needed conspectus of the natural
perfume industry that the growing natural perfumer needs. Management of
new product development is also included.
The Natural Perfume
Academy Studies course provides the necessary requirements to succeed in
this globally recognised niche industry.
professionals in the Natural Perfume industry who want to make the next
step-up, the Natural Perfume Academy Course provides that essential
wider perspective and complex skill base. Each level of the natural
perfumery industry is considered and both practical and management
issues are covered. How will the class be meeting online during the course of a given week? The
course is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and students are free to
enter and read the current open unit(s), and post on the forums at any
time. The instructor and mentors will be in and out of the academy
during the week as well, but there will be a set day during the week in
which the instructor will be in the academy and available for
instruction and questions.
What is the meaning of the words “spirit and filth” in regard to perfume history?
refers to perfumes spiritual aspects, its connection with honoring
gods. Filth is in reference to short periods of time during history when
perfume, bathing and bathing rituals were avoided or were unavailable.
What physical items do I receive for my tuition?
included in tuition is a comprehensive work book/primer which closely
follows the course curriculum, with slight variations. The work book
includes history, safety, IFRA regulations, glossary, scent vocabulary,
formulation methods, links to suppliers, recommended reading lists and
much, much more. The work book serves a dual purpose as an
instructional, similar to a text book, with work sheets to conduct study
trials, essence evaluations and creation of perfume for independent
How are the classes given? The
classes are given on the Moodle academy format with 24 hour access.
Each unit will be opened as we complete the previous unit. There will be
assignments which can be completed on the Moodle format (copy and
pasted from your computer). Forums for each unit are available for
student/teacher, student/student and student/mentor interaction.
Previous students have signed on as mentors to help motivate and inspire
new students. The learning platform we use provides the facilities
to upload assignments, advanced uploading of files, off line activities
and assignments, live chat sessions, pod casts, online video, quizzes
and questions in a variety of formats, a glossary, a student journal,
forums, online lessons in a secure environment, surveys and workshops. We
also provide training in how to use the site well in advance of the
class beginning in order to build confidence and have site
administrators and professional technical assistance on hand at all time
should the need arise.
What is the benefit of taking this online course as opposed to researching and studying on my own?
online course, and any other online course, serves to shorten the
length of time, and ultimately the money spent, on learning this art
form on your own. Instead of scouring the internet or jumping down
rabbit holes in search of the holy grail of Natural Botanical Perfume
information, you will be conducting evaluations and trial studies, the
true “holy grail” of Natural Botanical Perfume information -- you will
be doing the work that it takes to become a Natural Botanical Perfumer.
What are the entry qualifications Non-graduates
are permitted to apply for the course. The academy seats are given on a first come first
served basis. Preference is given to those in employment in the Natural
Perfumery Industry (letter of employer’s support required).
What special tools or supplies not included in the tuition do I need to be able to complete the course.
structured the course to give each student time in which to gather the
required tools and supplies necessary to finish the course. To complete
evaluations of your own materials, and to formulate perfumes, you will
need to have on hand
several dozen 5 to 10 ml dropper bottles
10- ½ oz cobalt or amber bottles with caps
5- 1 oz cobalt or amber bottles with caps
5- 2 oz cobalt or amber bottles with caps
2- 4 oz cobalt or amber bottles with caps
self-adhesive labels or strips of paper
scent strips or squares of acid-free water color paper
small metal or glass cups
small bottle brush
notebooks and a file folder
All these items are readily available and can be purchased inexpensively.
During the advanced portion of the course, you will need to have on hand:
a digital scale capable of weighing at least as low as 1/100th of a gram (1/1000th of a gram is optimal),
graduated cylinders in 5ml, 10ml, 25ml and 50ml increments
an ultrasonic cleaner (optional)
a Neti pot is also recommended but not necessary
Course Workbooks are normally shipped within 21 working days of payment being cleared.
What is the average amount of time necessary to review assignments and materials and conduct lab work per month?
we reach the sections of the course which require lab work, it is
estimated that 10-20 hours per month of study and evaluation is
sufficient to complete the assignments.
Could you give me information on the application process and when does the next course begin?
Course cost: $725 USD. A non-refundable deposit of $242 USD is required to secure your place and we are taking bookings now.Course begin date September 8th.
You will be allowed plenty of time to become familiar with the
educational platform we use. You will receive tuition and training on
the use of the site before the class date. To get started with the application process please go to http://www.naturalperfumeacdemy.com and click on the "Pay Now" button on the top left under the heading "Deposit".
The Scented Djinn would like to announce a series of classes beginning in August 2012. The schedule is not entirely ironed out as yet, but will be by the middle of July, or possibly sooner. Exact dates will be announced when the calendar has been set.
1 ~ Natural Botanical Soapmaking class August 2012
2 ~ Spiritual Awakening Anointing Oil class September 2012
3 ~ Golden Kyphi Incense class, and Three Kings Natural Botanical Soapmaking class October 2012
Also, the Portuguese version of the Natural Botanical Perfumery book is now only $48.00 USD, a reduction in price of almost 50% of the original. Why? Because I want to make this beautiful art more affordable to a broader audience, beginning with the bones of instruction. The book can be purchased through Amazon.com, just search 'Justine Crane'.
I got the soap done and even though it contains a little bit of natural
isolate, which I'm still trying to be accepting of, it smells fabu! It's
not too fruity, which is what I was hoping for -- smells dark and
slightly berryish with a freshness to it's tonality. And the base is
luxurious -- extra virgin olive, organic virgin coconut, organic
sunflower, and organic hemp seed oils -- aaaahhhh! I had planned to sell
it all at a local shop, but realized I need much more stock and a few
more choices before I'm ready to cross that bridge. At any rate, I'm
planning to chop some into sample sizes and hand them out at the first
soap class of the year that I'm teaching ~ June 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm at
Season's in Sanger, California.
The pilot program for the first six-month intensive perfume course has been a great success. The students are more engaged and are learning at a rate they feel sufficient to obtain the expertise necessary to begin the life of a perfumer. Our first Portuguese language course is also moving along, bringing a program to non-English speakers that is unique in the world of Natural Botanical Perfumery. As we progress and grow, we have future plans to add more non-English language courses to the NNAPA itinerary.
We are opening up another six month intensive at NNAPA beginning March 22, 2012.
About the NNAPA course:
Antiquarian Perfumery/Natural Botanical Perfumery is a non-accredited course, and no prerequisites are required except a passion and desire to learn Natural Botanical Perfumery from the ground up. This course is recommended for those who desire to begin a career in NBP, or those who wish to broaden their educational horizons.
Course tutor: Justine Crane. Justine Crane has been actively studying and formulating specifically for perfume since 2003, and actively making and selling scented natural handmade soaps, balms, butters, etc, since 1996. Justine took nine months to study, evaluating essences daily, formulating for soaps, butters, balms, bombs, melts, and oil-based perfumes. In October 2007, Justine started a study group called Black Nails, just herself, and two delightful women who were as interested in honing their perfumery skills as she was herself, and they spent a year studying Jean Carles, Edward Sagarin, Poucher, Verrill, Arctander, and obscure catalogs such as the Buyer's Guide & Cyclopedia for Soaps, Perfumery and Cosmetics, circa 1938. They conducted trials, shared formulas, evaluated essences and shared insights -- it was a marvelous education they created together. When it was done, Justine opened her shop and began peddling her wares.
The NNAPA aka Natural Perfume Academy is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Instruction will be given via forums, formal and informal chat sessions, and by units. Students will be given specific time frames in which to read, research and participate in each unit before the next unit is open for study and discussion.
An evaluation work book and course textbook are provided to each participating student and its cost is included with the tuition. A recommended reading list is provided in the work book. No other books or texts are necessary to complete the course.
Topics covered in the course include, but are not limited to, a brief perfume history, popular historic perfumery ingredients, the evolution of the perfume culture, safety issues, endangered species and cruelty in perfumery, storage and shelf-life of raw materials, chemical constituents of perfume ingredients, glossary of terminology, the perfumers studio, the perfumers palette, notes, accords and chords, evaluation of raw materials, supplemental scent vocabulary, continued olfactory training activities, advanced perfumes tools and techniques, tinctures, evulsions, dilutions, scales, required lab ware, oil and solid perfume making instruction, basic instruction in the production of soaps, butters, balms, massage and bath oils, creation of perfume, vertical and horizontal perfume trials, intuitive perfumery formulation, base compound formulation, advanced composition techniques, discussion of sacrificial perfume materials, finishing, “fining”, clarifying perfume compositions, creating custom perfumes, creating a reverse brief, reading and interpreting a brief, suggested raw materials to compliment the perfumers palette, and more.