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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.

What Would You Pay For A Breakthrough In Your Life?

October 27th, 2014 by

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After creating custom couture natural perfumes for over 20 years I have been amazed at all of the miracles my clients experience after wearing their custom perfume.  I realize that my custom perfumes are not the usual variety of smell good perfumes but they really do support and empower my clients.  There is no other viable reason for the miracles but the perfume. This is my gift and service I offer the world.

Would you like MIRACLES in your life?

Go here to watch my video

Read more on my Custom Perfume Page.

 


Custom Couture Natural Perfume from JoAnne Bassett

October 15th, 2014 by

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Have you ever wanted your own custom bespoke parfum?  One that is just for you?  JoAnne Bassett creates Couture Natural Parfum with the potential to remove your blocks to success!  Using the energy of the plants, the benefits of aromatherapy and her royal alchemy she creates life changing potions.  She has seen miracles happen for her clients.

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Email her at joanne@joannebassett.com today to book your discovery session and see how she can help you also!  

Go here to read more about them.http://joannebassett.com/customcoutureparfum


Fragrant Flights For Women and Men

October 5th, 2014 by

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

October 3rd, 2014 by

"Create Your Own Perfume" workshop

“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 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 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 Essence Perfume Play Shop

Come out and play!Indulge yourself with the oils at my Perfume PlayShop 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.  These benefits 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.

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Price: $125.00
 
Irvine—Saturday, October 18,  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, October 25,  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, October 19 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.
I offer Custom Couture Bespoke Parfums.  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 also sell hand blown glass bottles with perfume in special presentations. There will be a few of these available to purchase.

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

wwwJoAnneBassett.com         Phone 760.309.2571          joanne@joannebassett.com

 


Natural Perfume Workshops in La Costa, California on October 11

September 30th, 2014 by

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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.  Do you want to start a business creating natural fragrances?  This workshop is also useful for people creating soap, body care products, and candles.

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 with top, middle, and base notes, 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.

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You will create a perfume in class. 4 hour Workshop $400.00 Prepaid. I accept paypal, and checks. Please email and prepay to hold your space. You also must have the Perfume Kit to be used in class. $300.00.  To purchase the Perfume Kit.

I also teach this workshop worldwide using skype. You purchase my perfume kit, you purchase the workshop and we set a date for our workshop. 

Email me at joanne@joannebassett.com to receive dates of workshops in Irvine and to receive a paypal invoice to pay for the workshop.

Saturday, October 11 at 9:00 am is the next scheduled 4 hour workshop in La Costa.  I suggest if you want a class soon to sign up for this one I do not have any others in San Diego on the schedule.  Send me an email joanne@joannebassett.com and I will send a paypal  invoice.

I will be in the La Costa area for the week of October 6 to October 11.  If Saturday does not work for you please email or call and we can arrange another day.  

I am also available for in person intuitive readings, past life readings, Custom Couture Parfum consultations and VIP days during this time. Please email or call me at 760.309.2571.


Custom Bespoke Natural Perfume from JoAnne Bassett

September 7th, 2014 by

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Have you ever wanted your own custom bespoke parfum?  One that is just for you?  JoAnne Bassett creates Couture Natural Parfum with the potential to remove your blocks to success!  Using the energy of the plants, the benefits of aromatherapy and her royal alchemy she creates life changing potions.  She has seen miracles happen for her clients.

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Email her at joanne@joannebassett.com today to book your discovery session how she can help you also!  

Go here to read more about them.http://joannebassett.com/customcoutureparfum


JoAnne Bassett Natural Perfume Workshops 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. Please list the date and time of the workshop you want in the comments section.

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Price: $125.00
 

Evening classes are Friday, September 5,  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 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.

Saturday September 6,  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.

Tuesday, September 16,  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.

Friday, August 22,  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.

Saturday, August 23,  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.

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.

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

wwwJoAnneBassett.com       Phone 760.309.2571      joanne@joannebassett.com