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JoAnne Bassett Natural Perfumes – They are “never just fragrances”

November 21st, 2014 by

JoAnne Bassett Natural Perfumes are 100% natural, no toxic chemicals, no synthetics, no isolates, or natural isolates, and no natural identical oils.  I use only essential oils and absolutes sourced from around the world. They are mostly organic and wild grown. As a Certified Aromatherapist all oils are chosen for their energetic and beneficial properties. I also perform alchemy on all of my perfumes so they are “never just fragrances”.  There is an intention and  benefit in all fragrances I create in all of my collections. These fragrances enhance your well being.

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The Royal Alchemy Collection is my latest collection.  The fragrances are a study in Frankincense – boswellia sacra, (Sacred) hydro distilled in Oman. Frankincense is calming, centering, grounding, helps us to focus and is used for meditation.

All of the scents are unisex. These natural perfumes are wonderful for fall and winter. 

Sacred Frankincense 1

A mysterious, floral with notes of apricot and soft rose and linden blossom weaves her magic spell.  Incense can be tender.

Notes: Frankincense – boswellia sacra hydrodistilled in Oman, Morocco rose absolute – centifolia “cabbage rose”, elemi, Peru balsam, lavender hi altitude France, davana, yuzu, Roman chamomile, linden blossom absolute

Sacred Frankincense 2

A sharp, green citrus opening that swirls into a spicy, sacred elevation 

Notes: Frankincense – boswellia sacra hydrodistilled in Oman, champa attar – India, Turkey damask rose otto, butter co2, lemon, ginger – fresh hydrodistilled,  rhododendron – Nepal, galbanum

Sacred Frankincense 3

A sultry tuberose walk in the woods after dark with orange blossoms caressing your nose.  Heavenly!

Notes: Frankincense – boswellia sacra hydrodistilled in Oman, agarwood- oud, tuberose absolute, Mysore sandalwood – heart wood, orange blossom absolute, guiacwood, copaiba balsam, clementine

Sacred Frankincense 4

Deep in the forest tall, majestic trees lure me into your incense temple.  A lovely tranquility.

Notes: Frankincense – boswellia sacra hydrodistilled in Oman, vintage frankincense hydrodistilled Oman – boswellia sacra, incense,  tulsi, vintage juniper berry – Corsica, petitgrain bigarade, geranium, black pepper, red mandarin, balsam fir

Sacred Frankincense 5

Sensuous, floral lover wrap me in your exotic spell and never let me go.  Intense! 

Notes: Frankincense – boswellia sacra hydrodistilled in Oman, rosewood, beeswax absolute – France, aglaia absolute, vanilla absolute  - France, blood orange, Bulgarian damask rose otto, night queen absolute -India (cestrum nocturnum)

Sacred Frankincense 6

Musky and dark you deepen my passions 

Notes: Frankincense – boswellia sacra hydrodistilled in Oman, ambrette, green spikenard,  vintage patchouli, bay rum, cistus, immortelle, black spruce

Review: The highlighted words are the descriptors from Ida Meister’s review at  Fragrantica.com  It’s been a very long time since I smelled a collection of this calibre from start to finish.Testimonial:  I want to bathe in them!


Natural Perfumes by JoAnne Bassett on Sale!

November 13th, 2014 by

I am very grateful for the wonderful reviews on my natural perfumes I have received lately.

 Sacred Frankincense 1 by JoAnne Bassett 2014 + Interview on Austrailian Perfume Junkies

and  The subject was roses: Natural perfumes by JoAnne Bassett on Perfume Smellin’ Things.

There were no giveaways for readers on either of these articles.  So to make up for that I am offering a 25% off sale on the natural perfumes that were reviewed. This sale will expire Sunday, November 16 at midnight Pacific time.

The natural perfumes that are on special are:

Sacred Frankincense 1, Sacred Frankincense 2, Sacred Frankincense 3, Sacred Frankincense 4, Sacred Frankincense 5, Sacred Frankincense 6 from the Royal Alchemy Collection.

From the More Life Collection - Intimacy and Opulence 

From the Luxury Natural Perfumes - I Love You and Sybarite

From the Royal CollectionMalmaison

From the French CollectionCamille

From the Limited Edition CollectionLuscious Roses

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Within these collections are individual samples, small sizes of parfum, 5 ml eau de parfum travel sprayers, 1 oz eau de parfum bottles, 1/4 oz parfums, and hand blown glass bottles with parfum.  Many sizes to choose from.

In order to make these available at this special price of 25% off…please email me your order and ship to information joanne@joannebassett and mention the special.  I will then send you a paypal invoice with the discount and shipping.

Please email with any questions.  This sale will expire Sunday, November 16 at midnight Pacific time.

Thank you and I appreciate your support!


Special Sale on JoAnne Bassett Natural Perfumes

November 8th, 2014 by
JoAnne Bassett Intuitive Custom Perfumer

JoAnne Bassett Artisan Natural Perfumer

I am very grateful for the wonderful reviews on my natural perfumes I have received lately.

 Sacred Frankincense 1 by JoAnne Bassett 2014 + Interview on Austrailian Perfume Junkies

and  The subject was roses: Natural perfumes by JoAnne Bassett on Perfume Smellin’ Things.

There were no giveaways for readers on either of these articles.  So to make up for that I am offering a 25% off sale on the natural perfumes that were reviewed. This sale will expire Sunday, November 16 at midnight Pacific time.

The natural perfumes that are on special are:

Sacred Frankincense 1, Sacred Frankincense 2, Sacred Frankincense 3, Sacred Frankincense 4, Sacred Frankincense 5, Sacred Frankincense 6 from the Royal Alchemy Collection.

From the More Life Collection - Intimacy and Opulence 

From the Luxury Natural Perfumes - I Love You and Sybarite

From the Royal CollectionMalmaison

From the French CollectionCamille

From the Limited Edition CollectionLuscious Roses

Within these collections are individual samples, small sizes of parfum, 5 ml eau de parfum travel sprayers, 1 oz eau de parfum bottles, 1/4 oz parfums, and hand blown glass bottles with parfum.  Many sizes to choose from.

In order to make these available at this special price of 25% off…please email me your order and ship to information joanne@joannebassett and mention the special.  I will then send you a paypal invoice with the discount and shipping.

Please email with any questions.  This sale will expire Sunday, November 16 at midnight Pacific time.

Thank you and I appreciate your support!

 

 

 

 


JoAnne Bassett Natural Perfumes Review by Perfume – Smellin’ Things

November 6th, 2014 by

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Review of my Intimacy, I Love You, Malmaison, Opulence, Camille, Sybarite, Luscious Roses Natural Perfumes  by Donna for Perfume-Smellin’ Things Donna Hathaway wrote a marvelous review of my natural perfumes in Perfume – Smellin’ Things. She also included this glorious rose in the article.  I adore it!  I was very excited to read that she included 7 of my Natural Perfumes.  They are some of my favorite scents and she did them all justice. Thank you so much!

The subject was roses: Natural perfumes by JoAnne Bassett

By Donna
I have to admit that that one of my earliest exposures to the work of natural perfumer JoAnne Bassett was less than ideal – back in 2011 I was one of the bloggers reviewing submissions for Monica Miller’s Summer of Patchouli Love project, and JoAnne’s contribution (submitted anonymously as “Number 10” and later revealed with the name Têtu) was my least favorite of the group. As a former “patch phobe” I had a hard time with her full-on interpretation of the theme. However, having tried some of her creations since that time, it’s safe to say that my opinion of her work has reversed itself to the point where I would be more than happy to have her make me a custom perfume, which is one of the services she offers.
Let’s begin with Intimacy, a classic chypre in a decidedly vintage style, which is right in my sweet spot perfume-wise. It’s slinky, deep-voiced and really beautiful. Had I not known it was a modern fragrance I would have sworn it was the kind of classic mid-century feminine that was once the rule rather than the exception, and it’s even more impressive because it’s all natural. Some of its ingredients are actually vintage, and when these are aged properly, they take on a smooth and polished character that’s impossible to duplicate with new “raw” materials; vintage Jasmine, Mysore sandalwood, iris (orris) root and patchouli all lend their velvety qualities. It is enriched with Bulgarian rose and Rose de Mai, and of course real oakmoss, which is one of my very favorite things in perfume. The true chypre family has a worthy modern member; pardon me while I go change into my fringed flapper dress and rim my eyes with kohl. This is the real deal.
The ridiculously pretty I Love You is a perfect marriage of rose and gardenia that showcases the best of both flowers; I could not decide if it was a deliciously buttery rose or a sweet, rosy gardenia. It is made with tender Rose de Mai and delicate Tiare (Tahitian gardenia) so it is lilting and soft while still emanating the true essence of the dominant notes. It is a fairly bright scent, but not too highly pitched, which can be an issue with synthetic floral notes, of which there are none here. A subtle base of sandalwood enhances the florals. This would be an ideal wedding fragrance, as romantic a scent as one could wish for.
Malmaison is one of a collection of JoAnne’s perfumes that pay tribute to historic characters and places – of course this one is about the garden of Empress Josephine, she of the famous rose collection and even more famous husband. Roses are here but so are many other flowers, including lavender. This is more of a classic French bouquet fragrance than a rose scent, and it’s easy to imagine strolling through a sunny garden smelling each flower as you pass by. It is perhaps less complex than the others I have sampled but it’s very charming and easy to wear.
When a perfume is named Opulence it had better deliver on the promise, and this one does. Rich neroli and orange blossom are supported by rose otto, vintage Mysore sandalwood and real ambergris. It is rare to find a modern fragrance that contains ambergris, and what it does for a composition is hard to describe – it just makes it “more” of everything somehow, radiant even, richer and fuller. The rose in this is deep, wine-like and bold, and I picture it as being blood-red.
In sharp contrast, Camille is an oh-so-tender floral with osmanthus, iris root (orris) and mimosa, but oddly enough it is not cool and pale as one might expect; astringent and a little sharp at first, the osmanthus develops into a warm apricot that smells a bit like a fruit tart just coming out of the oven and the mimosa is lovely without the slightly chilly feeling it sometimes engenders. Even the iris root is more inviting than aloof in this composition. It lasts well considering that it’s both a natural and a floral. This one can go anywhere as it is sheer and subtle and very easy to wear.
The name alone would make me want to try Sybarite, and it more than lives up to its billing. The word itself has always been a favorite of mine; for me it does not mean decadence or debauchery, but just pure pleasure in all things beautiful, and everything about Sybarite the fragrance is gorgeous. I have a weakness for this classic style of floral blend where no one thing overwhelms the composition, it all just works in harmony. Roses, orange blossom, neroli, osmanthus, frankincense, oud and musk are some of the expensive materials in this perfume, and its longevity is very good. This may be my favorite so far, although it’s hard to pick just one. All of its notes are things I love and they all mesh gloriously together.
One of the most luxurious scents in the range is Luscious Roses, which is exactly that – rich, rounded, lush blooms. As with many natural rose perfumes, it takes a little while to get settled in on the skin, and was even a little sour on me at first, but once it does begin to develop, it just gets better and better. It is reminiscent of true antique garden roses with their dense, almost powdery character and voluptuous archetypal fragrance that cannot be mistaken for anything else. I would not call it “jammy” per se but there is a bit of purple fruitiness lurking about in addition to the intense damask rose character, made even more sensuous with tuberose and frankincense. JoAnne seems to have a special talent for working with various rose essences in her perfume making, and I were lucky enough to have someone create a bespoke fragrance for me I would ask her for a rose-centered one, in one of her stunning hand blown glass amphora bottles of course– or I could just wear Luscious Roses, since it’s hard to imagine how it could be improved.
All the fragrances mentioned in this review and many more, plus bath and body products and custom perfumes, are available via JoAnne Bassett’s Web site.
Image credits: Pink roses wallpaper from imgarcade.com. Amphora style perfume bottles from joannebassett.com, collage mine. Disclosure: The fragrance samples for this review were sent to me by JoAnne Bassett for testing.

Better Than Vintage – Oakmoss Natural Perfume

November 3rd, 2014 by

With all of the talk of vintage perfume online in the fragrance groups and blogs I want to suggest why search out the old?

I am offering natural parfum and eau de parfum with true oakmoss absolute without any synthetics..available now!  Way back in the day French classic perfumes were made with only natural ingredients…essential oils, absolutes, macerations and tinctures. That is how I create my natural perfumes today!  Only botanical materials (some organic) go into my bottles…no isolates that you cannot be sure if that is really all there is. Tested essential oils for purity.  Only the best quality raw materials are used.  That is what makes all of the difference. No toxic chemicals to give you a headache, a migraine headache, or worse.

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Some reviewers call my style classic French perfumes like Guerlain created long ago. They say I have a French sensibility. My favorite flower to create with is rose. I love the traditional rose, jasmine and sandalwood perfumes and have created many of them.  I have over 50 natural perfumes and eau de parfums for sale!

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Go to my website and check out my classic and  modern natural perfumes.  Luxury, opulent, and exquisite are words used to describe my masterpieces.  I know you will agree!


Sacred Frankincense 1 by JoAnne Bassett 2014 + Interview

November 2nd, 2014 by

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Thank You Einsof and the Australian Perfume Junkies for a great interview and review of my Sacred Frankincense 1 natural perfume.

Post by Einsof

Hello Junkies!

My name is Einsof (eye-n-s’off) and I’d like to share a fusion of styles, mysticism and perfume with you. I recently sat down with botanical perfumer JoAnne Bassett to explore her Sacred Frankincense Collection. It comes as no surprise that speaking with JoAnne is rather like listening to your favorite Tori Amos album in that you’re going to be subject to impromptu voyages into spirituality, reincarnation and a host of muses both sacred and sensual.

“Working with some absolutes blocks the energy.” A typical Bassett-ism, there is nothing within JoAnne’s work which does not reach out to some higher purpose, “They can make the purpose of a perfume muddy, unclear or the energy simply stops flowing.” Her technical approach is intimately entwined with a higher calling. The word ‘exquisite’ floats around the room as perhaps the only synonym for the art of her craft.

You can read the rest of the article 

To purchase Sacred Frankincense 1 Natural Perfume.  I ship to almost all countries.  Go on my website to order!

 

 


Natural Perfume Play Shops For November in San Diego and Irvine, CA

November 1st, 2014 by

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“Fragrant Flights” for Women and Men

The Fragrant Flight is like a wine tasting experiencing and discussing the 100% essential oil and botanical notes. We go from light eau de parfums to heavy eau de parfums. It is 30 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 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 note we will be using only all natural fragrances and NO CHEAP AND TOXIC SYNTHETIC Fragrance Oils. Please list the date and time of the workshop you want in the comments section.

Fragrance Flight
Price: $50.00            
 
 "Create Your Own Perfume" workshop
 

Create Your Essence Perfume Play Shop©

Come out and play!  Indulge yourself with the oils at my Perfume Play Shop where we laugh, explore new scents and connect with others.  Learn to be a perfume mix master!  Create your perfume masterpiece. Find the essence of you and have fun doing it.  Connect with your inner goddess!  Who have you wanted to be?  What movie star role would you play?  Be anyone you want to be with your new signature scent. Can you see yourself sitting at the scent -ual table and getting high on life. A feast for the senses. Experiencing the essential oils and precious absolutes that are totally natural is a surreal experience.  There are no toxic, synthetic chemicals to choke you and give you a headache.

This beautiful, heart expanding experience will open you to new waves of pleasure. The benefits from taking this workshop are many and will be unique to you. Our raving fans have been women and men aged 20 to 60.  Everyone has a great time. Travel to another dimension with an aromatic journey.  Put on your creative hat and let your hair down. You will name your scent and go home with your own “fragrance formula,” which you can re-order anytime. These luxury perfumes are created with organic jojoba oil base and not alcohol.  A bag to hold the perfume is included. The cost is $125 for a 5 ml perfume. 1 hour and 30 minutes of pure joy.  12 choices of essential oils/and or accords. For a sexy, joyful, loving adventure register today! I offer Perfume Play Shops in Irvine in Orange County and the San Diego area monthly.  Maximum of 24 people.

Testimonials: The most fun I ever had! Please note we will be using only all natural botanical essences and NO CHEAP AND TOXIC SYNTHETIC Fragrance Oils.

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. Please list the date and time of the workshop you want in the comments section.

Create Your Essence Perfume Play Shop©
Price: $125.00
 
Irvine—Saturday, November 15,  3 pm Create Your Own Perfume workshop $125.00 prepaid,  5 pm Fragrance Flight for feminine fragrances $50.00 prepaid.   6:00 pm Fragrance Flight for masculine or unisex fragrances $50.00 prepaid.
 
San Diego—Saturday, November 29,  3 pm Create Your Own Perfume workshop $125.00 prepaid,  5 pm Fragrance Flight for feminine fragrances $50.00 prepaid.   6:00 pm Fragrance Flight for masculine or unisex fragrances $50.00 prepaid.The exact location will be emailed to you when we receive your payment.

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NATURAL PERFUME WORKSHOP
Are you ready for a new natural fragrance without all of the toxic synthetic chemicals? Join me for a Natural Perfume workshop that will change the way you look at fragrance.

During this class we will explore the essential oils and absolutes on a blotter paper and discuss the scent classification, the attributes of each essence, and the benefits of the oils. We will build accords, discuss blending a scent for a purpose or a themed essence. In this fun workshop we will delve deeper into making accords. Top note, heart note, and base accords and all accord combinations will be created. We will discuss creating the scent drop by drop and the bases that can be used. There will be question and answers throughout the process. Includes: Scent Classification sheet, Oil Classification Guide, and Fragrance Family Classification sheet.  4 hour Workshop $400.00 Prepaid only.  Please  prepay to hold your space.

Price $400.00

Sunday, November 23 from 2 to 6 pm.This Natural Perfume Workshop will be held  in Irvine, CA in Orange County from 2 pm to 6 pm. If you cannot attend on this date please send an email or call to arrange another date and time.  The Perfume Kit that contains essential oils and absolutes, supplies, and instructions and is required to purchase the workshop.  We will be using this kit in the class. Please call 760.309.2571 for more information.

The Irvine Spectrum office location will be emailed to you upon your payment.  Phone 760.309.2571    joanne@joannebassett.com


Natural Perfume With Vintage Patchouli

October 29th, 2014 by

People often ask me…which natural perfumes have patchouli in them?    I am delighted to share that many have my vintage patchouli oil.  It is smooth and rich…dark patchouli…What could be better?

Here is a list of my botanical fragrances with patchouli with links.  They are all available as samples also. They are great for fall and I know you will love them! Would love to see you add some sultry, smooth, vintage patchouli to your life!

French Collection

Chantelle

Natural Parfums and Eau de Toilettes

Sensual Embrace

Tetu – 25% patchouli in this one!

Limited Edition Collection

Enchant

Esoterica

Reflections

Temptress

More Life  Collection

Intimacy

Royal Alchemy Collection

Sacred Frankincense 6

Royal Collection

Versailles

JoAnne Bassett Etsy Shop

Smoldering Musk