Natural Perfumes Blog

Natural Perfume – Blooming Gardenias at JoAnne Bassett

July 27th, 2014 by

Blooming Gardenia flowers at JoAnne Bassett’s patio means, I will be creating gardenia tincture in organic grape alcohol from wine grapes for eau de perfumes, gardenia infusion and maceration into organic jojoba oil for natural perfumes, and gardenia powder enfleurage into body powder.  It is so fragrant when I walk out onto the deck with the creamy smell of gardenia.  I have several varieties and some of them are brand new plants.


One of my natural botanical fragrances I use the gardenia in is Madame Pompadour from the Royal Collection. It is a luxury to experience the exquisite fragrance of 39 different essential oils, botanicals, and absolutes that are co mingled in this luscious romantic natural perfume.  I love that fragrance and so do my clients. It is available in this 5 ml travel sprayer that is great for your pocket, purse, brief case or desk.  The 1 oz spray bottle is great for the boudoir.

The sample sizes are great also for your purse so you can have an assortment of them for choices during the day and night.

Many florals, and citrus florals are available in my Natural Perfume Collections.  Also check out my Monthly Specials page for my Hot for Summer Discovery Set of samples on sale now.


JoAnne Bassett Natural Perfume Workshops for August in Irvine, CA

July 15th, 2014 by

"Create Your Own Perfume" workshop

“Fragrant Flights” for Women and Men

The Fragrant Flight that is like a wine tasting experiencing and discussing the essential oil notes. We go from light eau de parfums to heavy eau de parfums. It is usually 30 to 45 minutes and we experience 9 different fragrances.  The class is $50 per person.  A Discovery Kit containing all 9 fragrances in 1 ml sample sizes will be given to each student after the class.  This Discovery Sample Kit will be for feminine fragrances. I also offer classes for men only with masculine fragrances.  The cost of the kit will be more expensive if purchased outside of the class.  1 ml samples are from $5 to $7 each. Larger sizes of the fragrances will be available for purchase at the workshop. Please list the date and time of the workshop you want in the comments section.

Fragrance Flight
Price: $50.00

“Create Your Own Perfume” workshops for Women and Men

Custom Natural Perfume-Making workshops take guests on an Aromatic Journey learning about the essences and their properties in a perfume.  Top, middle, and base notes are discussed and the basic understanding about creating perfumes with the oils is taught.

You will come away from these highly educational workshops with a better understanding of natural vs. synthetic perfumes as well as a custom-made bottle of perfume. You will name your scent, go home with your own “fragrance formula,” which you can re-order anytime. These perfumes are created with organic jojoba oil base and not alcohol. An organdy bag to hold the perfume is included.

The cost for each workshop is $125 for a 5 ml perfume, 1 hour and 30 minutes class, and 12 choices of essential oils/ and or accords with more expensive oils used. Please list the date and time of the workshop you want in the comments section.

Price: $125.00

 Sunday August 3, 1 pm Create Your Own Perfume workshop $125.00 prepaid, 3 pm Fragrance Flight for feminine fragrances $50.00 prepaid.  4 pm Fragrance Flight for masculine or unisex fragrances $50.00 prepaid.

Evening classes are Friday, August 8, 7 pm Create Your Own Perfume workshop $125.00 prepaid,

8:30 pm Fragrance Flight for feminine fragrances $50.00 prepaid,  9 pm Fragrance Flight for masculine or unisex fragrances $50.00 prepaid.  Please inquire for an evening class or another day if these days do not work. I am able to also teach these during the week days if there is  enough interest.

I offer Custom Couture Bespoke Parfums and they can be ordered at an event  with a short consultation. I am available for birthday parties, private events, or corporate events please inquire. I do fundraisers and can donate a % of the fee.  I also sell hand blown glass bottles with perfume in special presentations. There will be a few of these available to purchase.

These classes repeats Saturday August 9, Friday, August 22, and Saturday, August 23 at the same times.  

The Irvine office location will be emailed to you upon your payment.       Phone 760.309.2571


Short Snippets To Inspire

July 15th, 2014 by

Recently I went to the nursery to purchase some flowering plants. I am working on a new project and need more gardenias, roses, jasmine, heliotrope, and more to make it a success. Here is a small veitchii gardenia with buds.  They will open soon to release their white creamy goodness.  You can never have enough gardenias!

Happy Bastille Day! Natural Perfume from my Royal Collection

July 14th, 2014 by

Bastille day

With a name like JoAnne Bassett it is not hard to imagine that I am a Francophile with French origins in Paris.

In my genealogy are French royalty with kings and queens going all the way back to Charlemagne.


Today for my scent of the day I was reaching for Marie Antoinette eau de parfum


On second thought I felt this was not the day to wear it..Even though she was their Queen she was executed.

I chose the exquisite Madame Pompadour eau de parfum from my Royal Collection

It is an enchanting, costly, parfum with many precious floral notes.

Notes: Fresh Gardenia flower infusion, Neroli, Champa, rare Bulgarian Alba Rose Otto, Vintage Jasmine Sambac, Clementine, Vanilla, Wild Verbena, Vintage Mysore Sandalwood, and others. 39 magnificent natural oils in this precious fragrance

Celebrate with aioli and baguettes…and cleanse your system…pour a good French wine and toast to all things French.  Sante!



Hot For Summer Discovery Set

June 22nd, 2014 by

Hot for Summer Discovery Set

Put away your heavy scents and bring out your hot weather citrus and floral scents. Light, herbal, fresh, citrus and green are the keys for summer fun. No heavy ouds and floral orientals for those steamy days and nights.
Try these summer scents and my 2 new releases in a 10 piece sample pack. It includes 1 ml glass vials of eau de parfums of Amazing, Bliss, Josephine Opulence, Passion and Versailles.  Also 1 ml glass vials of Le Voyage eau de toilette and Reveiller eau de toilette.
Also included are my new releases of I Love You eau de parfum and Sybarite eau de parfum. 
Please go to Collections to read the descriptions of the natural fragrances.
$35.00 Regular Price $56.00
10 Hot for Summer sample pack $35.00

Happy Fragrant Summer Solstice

June 21st, 2014 by

In Southern California I think of Summer and going to the beach…not that you cannot go to the beach all year here.  Summers at the beach are also times for tourists, friends and family gatherings.  Bring your cooler, umbrella to shade you from the powerful rays of the sun, waterproof sun screen if you want to jump in the ocean, a good book, a blanket, sand chairs, music device of your choice, a frisbee and a smile.

The natural fragrant choices for summer tend to be citrus -y, light, florals, and  have a fresh clean feel.

Here are a few choices from my Collections

From the French Collection  I like Chantelle for those hot, sultry summer evenings. Some of the notes are tuberose, jasmine, white rose, bergamot, vanilla, balsam woods, and others. When the tuberose and jasmine heat up on your skin you will be irresistible!   The soft, white rose will start the dry down with the vanilla and woods..and the powder notes will develop. Heavenly.

I love the Royal Collection with many fabulous exotic florals.  Magie D’ Or is Gold Magic a spicy oriental parfum that has lovely citrus notes to give it lift and sparkle just like fine champagne. Notes: Tuberose, Neroli, Lime, Cinnamon bark, Clementine, Rose de Mai, Cistus, Pink Pepper, Vintage Jasmine absolute, Ylang Ylang, Lavender Seville, Frankincense, Patchouli,  Benzoin, and others.

1 oz bottles

I also love Josephine  with its fresh green scent. The notes are Verbena, lavender vera, litsea, green mandarin,  bergamot, cardamom, star aniseseed, ylang ylang, alba rose otto, galbanum, and others.


All of my natural perfumes and eau de parfums come in travel sprayers. These are handy to carry in your pocket, purse, backpack, or suitcase.  They have a removable glass vial you can refill.

Travel spray -small

See you at the beach!  Have fun and don’t forget to try some samples to discover your new natural perfume summer favorite!  Individual samples are available in eau de toilettes, eau de parfums, and parfums.


Create Your Own Natural Perfume Workshop for Your Corporate Event

June 20th, 2014 by

Create Your Own Natural Perfume Workshop for Your Corporate Event

Luxury Couture Perfumer JoAnne Bassett brings her all-natural fragrances and exquisite fragrance-making talents to luxury hotels and corporate events in Southern California.


Press Release June 20, 2014

Heliotrope Flower Tincture

June 18th, 2014 by


I  love the smell of heliotrope.  To my delight I found a nursery that had the white heliotrope flowers.  They have a soft floral fragrance that also smells like vanilla. It is more common to find the purple flowers.  The garden Heliotrope was used for perfumes back in the day when the perfume industry used live flowers.

Heliotrope is on the list of plants that save the bees. Please plant these. This is my white (alba) heliotrope. heliotropium arborescens “Alba”. It also smells delightful.

Soon I will capture their essence in organic grape alcohol…and then the magic will go into a natural perfume.  Tune in for the details.