Saturday, February 9, 2013

Blog Updates Are at Anya's Garden Perfumes

To read the latest about the Natural Perfumery Institute please visit my website where I've consolidated this blog and the Natural Perfumers Guild at  You can subscribe there and receive all the updates for the latest news in natural perfumery.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Natural Perfumery Institute Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary with Discounts on Tuition and Textbook

A message from Anya McCoy, Head Instructor and Director of the Natural Perfumery Institute:
In 2007, after five years of hosting the largest and oldest Yahoo group for natural perfumers, and at the request of many members, I created a formal curriculum for online perfumery study.  Since then, students from around the world have enjoyed a professional education in
perfumery without having to leave the comforts of their home.
To celebrate the Fifth year of the perfumery education method and materials I developed, new home study students of the Natural Perfumery Institute who purchase the textbook will be able to deduct 10% off the cost of the book until Sept. 23, 2012 at midnight.  For students outside the USA, this $50 savings off the $500 price, equals getting the Express mail shipping for free.
Online interactive students will receive $130 refunded, a 5% savings on their $2600 tuition (not applicable to payment plan students). There are no coupons because of the variety of options, so once full payment has been made to enroll, home study students purchasing the textbook will be refunded $50.

Why this course is so special:

Some perfumery workbooks and manuals take you through the rigors of how to evaluate aromatics and basic blending techniques.  When I planned the contents of the 350-page textbook for the Natural Perfumery Institute, I wanted it to cover those aspects of course, 
but also address the breadth and depth of the perfume industry. This way the student is able to know, with certainty, all aspects of our art, and function at a high level of competence and communication with other perfumers.  The lexicon of fragrance, the raw materials, production methods, and 
dozens of other topics are covered, all edited to be logically sequenced and easy to comprehend.
NPI basic textbook cover showing a fantasy illustration of botanicals and animalic ingredients melding with the element of time, a truly unique and beautiful representation of the process of making perfume
The textbook was recently updated by the editor and myself to include the latest updates in natural perfumery for the Fifth Edition.  Many of the recording forms, available in both Word.doc and Excel.xls format, were tweaked, and the Suppliers list of worldwide suppliers of aromatics, alcohol and equipment were also updated. The NPI offers lifetime enrollment in the student discussion forum, a private group on Yahoo.  All students are able to chat, ask questions, network and also receive updates from NPI when new forms, charts and other materials are distributed.  Adjunct faculty are also on hand to answer questions, and all of them are experienced natural perfumers with many years experience.
The excitement and passion of the students is easily seen when they begin their studies and in the messages they send me about how they are enjoying the strong and logical curriculum of the course.  For many, it is the only chance they would ever have to study without having to travel and uproot their lives, and still receive the community benefits and instructor feedback NPI offers. 
Offer ends Sept. 23, so please visit the NPI website at and feel free to ask me questions  about the curriculum or any other topics related to the course.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Anya's Garden Natural Perfumery Institute: Now offering chat group for offline students, free aromatics kit, plus much more

Anya's Garden Natural Perfumery Institute is the only perfumery course that allows offline students the chance to take part in daily chats with other students and the Instructor!  Anya has many years experience hosting lively perfumery chat groups and has extended this to her offline students. Nobody left out in the cold!

Earning a living as a perfume artist is the goal of every hobbyist, and it must start with well-made perfumes! This year has been a very rewarding one for me, and I have a higher income now than when I was working at a very well-paying corporate job.  It may take years to build up your hobby into a real career, but it can be done. Several of the perfumers who were in the two Guild projects this year have reported to me that they have had great sales as a result. The economy is definitely improving, and you may wish to gift yourself with an investment in your future as a perfumer by studying with me.

I have spent years mentoring folks in this group, and more recently, adding the students who are enrolled at into my circle, checking their assignments, giving feedback, and encouraging them.

Be sure to check out the entire site to fully appreciate what is offered.

Offline enrollment is a great value, and, if the student wishes, can be upgraded to online status at any time.

Certification in Basic Natural Perfumery is rewarded upon completion of the course.

Now through Dec. 31st, the first Aromatics kit is included free-of-charge to online students.

Natural Perfumers Guild members receive 10% off their tuition fee - see our current Discount page after you log in on the Guild site.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Anya's Garden Natural Perfumery Institute Director and Head Instructor posts list of articles

Director and Head Instructor Anya McCoy, natural perfumer of Anya's Garden, just published a list of articles she has authored on the subjects of natural perfumery, perfumery and book reviews since 2004. They are available for download from

McCoy, A. - Natural Perfumery:  A Fragrant Evolution (pub. Aromatic
McCoy, A. - Steve Earl - Position Paper: Defining Natural Perfumery (pub. self)
McCoy, A. - Robert Tisserand, Tony Burfield - IFRA/EU Boycott Primer (pub. self)
McCoy, A. - The Beauty of Botanicals Made Liquid: The Passion of Natural Perfumers (pub.
McCoy, A. - The Stages of Public Acceptance of Natural Perfumery (pub.
McCoy, A. - Book Review: What the Nose Knows (pub.
McCoy, A. - Book Review: The Essence of Perfume (pub.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Anya's Garden Natural Perfumery Institute: Offering Natural Isolates course

Elise Pearlstine, PhD, is on board for the Natural Isolates course. The information that she and I are researching and the expanded outline we've developed for the course are incredibly educational. We have ancient books, modern books, a chemist as a consult, and lots of never-before-in-one-place information to share. The course will be offered in February 2011. 

Perfume podcasts now available on

I just uploaded two podcasts to the website for the enjoyment of the general
public. If you have any suggestions as to future public podcasts, let me
know. The students enjoy lengthy, informative podcasts as part of
their education at Anya's Garden Natural Perfumery Institute, and I
...decided to make some new public-side podcasts for everyone.