Are you looking for the ultimate reference for natural perfumery? Do you work with aromatic materials, such as essential oils, Co2s, or absolutes?
Would you like more detailed information on the natural aromatics you are using in your own practice? How about a source you can rely on for accurate, original and informative aromatic descriptions and content?
If so, Atlantic Institute has just the book set for you.
“Natural Aromatic Materials: Odours & Origins, Second Edition,” by Tony Burfield, is a treasure trove of informationon odours, plant origins, classification of odours, understanding smell, olfaction, taste, profiling odours, chemical constituents, constructing perfumes… (and more)! This is just the beginning (first 140+ pages) of the two-volume encyclopedia.
Next you delve alphabetically into almost a thousand botanicals(and naturals) and their aromatic oils. GREAT for any perfumer at any stage of knowledge.
If you’re also focused on using naturals in your preparations for pleasure, spa, or healing, PLEASE BUY THIS SET OF MANUALS!
I am in Gratitude.”
Not just for perfumers, this set of manuals is a must have for anyone working with natural aromatics. Aromatherapists, aroma-enthusiasts and even novices alike will appreciate the wealth of knowledge stored in this two set revised and updated edition of Natural Aromatic Materials: Odours and Origins by Tony Burfield.
Natural Aromatic Materials: Odors & Origins Second Edition
By Tony Burfield
This book is the result of more than 50 years of data compilation and is a comprehensive account of over 600 essential oils, absolutes, CO2s, and other aromatic extracts from natural sources, covering the natural aromatic materials presently and formerly in used in perfumery, aromatherapy and in flavourings.
A few weeks ago, Sylla and I went to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center to speak at a Lunch and Learn event for stage 4 breast cancer patients. It began with each of the women (and one husband who was accompanying his wife) sharing where they were at in their treatment. We learned why some of them were excited about NED (No Evidence of Disease) and felt touched that we could be there to support those going through harder times.
It was particularly special for us because Sylla (my mom) is a breast cancer survivor. She shared about how she found that cancer was a great uninvited teacher, that “it wasn’t enough to kill her but enough to make her change her life.” Though she’s now 20 years with NED, she still carries those lessons forward.
Even before she found her cancer in 1997, Sylla had helped her friend who also worked at Moffitt with a program called “Look Good, Feel Better.” With a mutual background in cosmetology, Sylla and her friend would teach these women skin-care and make-up techniques so they can begin to feel better as they re-integrated into everyday life.
So we thought, why not call our talk this week “Smell Good, Feel Better,” since that is one of the guiding principles of aromatherapy. In addition to sharing with everyone a basic introduction to essential oils, we highlighted what they can do in their lives.
Use essential oils in the air to help keep air clean and help support the immune system. Since many cancer patients’ immune systems are compromised, and since most essential oils carry at least mildly if not more so antimicrobial properties, this simple practice can help suppress the chance of getting a cold.
Have Peppermint or Ginger essential oil in an inhaler or a drop on a tissue to ease the discomfort of nausea.
Topical blends with anti-inflammatory or analgesic oils can help with muscle aches and pains.
Use the oils to help create a positive mental attitude. You can pair a scent with a relaxed state and then re-create that state as needed.
We mentioned in our student forum that we were going to speak and a few decided to send us items to share with these women. It was soon after so only one box got here in time, but we got to leave them with donations from Terrae Oleum. It was a joyful experience to share our love for the oils with these women and their caregivers. The other donations will get used at a bigger event next month!
Since our students were right on the ball wanting to help with more donations for these cancer patients, we’ve decided to collect donations for their retreat in September for a project we are calling, “Smell Good, Feel Better.” If you’d like to donate manufactured, compliantly labeled items (these cannot be homemade), contact us.
May 1 marks the transition from spring to summer and we want to celebrate with some great deals on your aromatherapy books and courses. All of our books are on sale for May 1 and May 2. Everything is at least 20% off and some are more!
We’ve also extended the early-bird discount on our next live class, Aromatherapy for the Mind, until midnight on May 2. Check out the class and the sale products below and get in on this exciting summer deal.
Sylla and Nyssa just recorded their interviews for the Essential Oil Roundtable, beginning May 2. This one-of-a-kind online event features a variety of essential oil educators, experts, and enthusiasts sharing about their passion. We are particularly excited to see Penny Price in the line up, among so many others.
We had a really fun time recording our interviews and imagined we were the hosts of one of our favorite radio program and podcasts, Radiolab. You all know how we like to have a good laugh, so listen to our short promo below to hear about the funny things we talk about.
Though we say some funny things and there might be a few parts we’d edit and refine, the talks are supposed to be natural and in one take. So we just went with what we got and we think you’ll like this personal style. Let us know!
A student writes about her experience learning essential oil chemistry. We love how she is using both educational materials and her own intuition to make chemistry as enlightening endeavor.
Early this morning, I was aware that I was dreaming of hydrocarbons. Just the word, hydrocarbon, and then there was a line, and then I saw 5, 5, and then I woke up.
Hydrocarbons, two fives… what was I dreaming?
So, too sleepy to make my way to the kettle, I remained in bed and wondered. Yesterday’s revision came to mind. My memory is still hazy, I remember two isoprenes, and think of alkanes that have ten carbons, but are they two fives? And then I remember, two isoprenes make up a monoterpene, and they are C5H8. Five carbons. Two fives. Was I dreaming of monoterpenes?
I turned to my notes from Dr Pappas’ lecture series on the chemistry of essential oils. Yes, I have remembered correctly. Taking notes on the laptop is great. If I highlight a word and right click, I can press “look up” and the computer shows me a card with the meaning, and sometimes even a diagram, with a link to the wikipedia article. I’m taken to the one about isoprenes, and as I see the diagram of its skeletal structure I try to imagine how two of them would join and make a monoterpene. And now I have the Beatles song in my head, “Come Together” only instead of “over me” its saying “isoprene.” Wow. Have I officially become a geek? Well, if so, I’m okay with it. But I think I still have a lot of studying to do before the answer to that is yes.
I search to find out if there’s an animation of isoprenes joining, but to no avail.That’s okay because I’ve just opened my new chemistry kit flip book onto a diagram of an isoprene next to a monoterpene, and I can pretty much imagine how the two become one.
I love this chemistry kit. It arrived yesterday sealed up and packaged well. The package smelled of oranges. It’s got 24 samples of the main chemical constituents found in essential oils, and I’ve opened three of them so far, at random. One smelled like thyme (thymol, of course!), then there was one that reminded me a little of tea, maybe because of bergamot? It’s name is linalool. And then I opened one I didn’t recognise, it has a really long name and it’s an aldehyde. Well, that’s a lesson for another day.
I want to find out which monoterpenes have straight chains, because in my dreams I saw a straight-ish line. I find there are acyclic monoterpenes, and linalool is one of them. I decide that this is going to be the scent for the next few days. Looking in the flip book, I see that it has a huge variety of healing properties including antiseptic, fungicide, sedative… I think after the intense couple of days that just passed, new moon and all, it’s the perfect choice. Or I could go for citral, citronellal, or citronellol, which are also acyclic. I look in the flip book, hmm, it seems they’ve also got those healing properties. I’ll stick with linalool just because it sounds so funny.