Coeur d'Esprit Natural Perfumes
Meet the Teacher
in life, I learned that scent had the power to heal, soothe, capture the
imagination, and make my Spirit soar. I've been hooked ever since.
I was introduced to Natural Perfumery through a course I took on Aromatherapy in
2003. One of my teachers told me that my remedies smelled more like perfumes. It
literally became an obsession. I could not sit still anymore to watch a movie on
TV. I had to get up and get playing with my oils. I began to amass a wonderful
collection of essential ingredients and tincturing various botanicals. I
published a new page to my website and began to receive orders. I put together a
little half-day course on making perfumes.
I sometimes felt like a channel for some disembodied mad scientist cum perfumer
who must and must and must make another perfume. So, I have literally made
dozens of perfumes. I sometimes go back to them and toy around a bit but mostly,
when it's done, it's done. I write, paint, and create music the same way – it
just comes through me. The process of creating a natural perfume is birthed
through me not by me.
Whatever my pursuit, I do it from a spiritual perspective and perfumery is no
exception. I am not interested in becoming a huge commercial perfumer with a
factory and chemist in my employ rather, I
appreciate small limited contracts. I'm not trying to
prove that naturals can be as good as synthetic perfumes. They are different,
that's all. Some people can appreciate the naturals and some enjoy the
synthetics, which also use natural ingredients; some love both and that's fine
My family and friends were delighted with my perfumes as several of them were no
longer able to tolerate commercial scents and were saddened to have to give it
up their favourite fumes. Knowing there was a more natural way to go gave them a
great feeling. Those same people keep coming back for more.
I didn't start out in life dreaming of becoming a perfumer. I was just a regular
girl with a regular life that had some awful spots and some awesome parts, just
like most other people. As a teen, there were two career paths that made my
juices flow – to become a medical doctor or a country/rock singer. I met my
first husband in Sep 1969, two months after graduation, when he was playing at a legion close by. The rest, as
they say, is history. We married on November 22, 1969 and were in Fairbanks,
Alaska, on tour, the very next day. I chose music over medicine, though the
latter has been a life-long passion, too.
was led to my current path by that simple original comment my teacher made and,
once finding it, there was no turning back no matter what. Learning to
appreciate essential oils through the art of Aromatherapy, then realizing that I
could make perfumes that would also work on a healing level fit right in with
who I am in this world. Throughout my life, all the delicious smells in my world
conspired to take me to the depths of their soul and expose me to the rich
olfactory tapestry that life offers. I cannot imagine a life without scent.
I adored the natural world and yearned to know more about plants and flowers.
When troubled, I often picked up a leaf, flower, pine cone, or sticky
bud, and become a part of it. My mood would instantly change.
Scents were a huge part of my early life but not in the sense of perfume, as
that came later. I have five siblings, so the smell of a baby's head is one of
my first olfactory memories. The smell of the other end is still in my memory,
too, but I think Eau de Poo would not be well-received somehow… lol …
We spent our summers at the ocean beaches in South Surrey, BC, Canada and the
scent of salty seas filled me with energy and galvanized me into action. I loved
snow and could always detect when it was on the way. The forest, especially
after a rain, opened deep inner desires within me. All of these, I wrote about
and photographed. That I can now create scents that are similar to these
me with a feeling of deep humility and gratitude.
We all create the `Perfume
of Life' as we go through our daily rounds: our parents cooking a savoury meal
and the smell of it rising up to our rooms as we do our homework; incense taking
our prayers up to Spirit; the corner bakery venting their enticing aromas into
the neighbourhood; the hot sweaty aromas of human, deodorant, aftershave, and
clean sheets – the bliss of the night; everything filling the air with their
perfumes. Elusive, ethereal, effervescent… never to be captured; only to be
enjoyed in the moment.
Aromas of my younger years included coffee in the morning, the bright smell of
orange juice, the bite of cinnamon toast, the smoothness of hot chocolate with
tiny marshmallows, the zest of grapefruit, the saltiness of a big bowl of
(Okay, anybody else getting hungry?) Others include Lavender and Lilac sachets
in my underwear drawer, the roses, lilies, and lavender blooming outside my
bedroom window, creamy pearlescent bath beads, the whole array of Vanda and Avon
beauty products, which I sold as a teenager. It amazed me that these little
vials contained a liquid that smelled so good.
I was 16 and so naive about all of it but I learned over the following couple
of years. When I was 18, I married and went on tour with our band to Alaska. I
don't recall a lot of scents up there as I was usually breathing into my scarf
to keep from freezing up. lol
I was 16 and so naive about all of it but I learned over the following couple of years. When I was 18, I married and went on tour with our band to Alaska. I don't recall a lot of scents up there as I was usually breathing into my scarf to keep from freezing up. lol
Writing this makes me want to go and blend some smelly bits… ambergris,
seaweed, coffee and chocolate absolutes, lavender, rose, orris, cinnamon,
grapefruit, bergamot... yummm! I have always been on the `scent trail' (anyone
else love that fantastic book?). I am the first one to smell smoke and I can
also tell who has been in the room just by the scent they leave.
With five girls in my family, perfume was a big deal and we all like different
scents. I remember my Grandma wore Evening In Paris and Crepe de Chine; and my
Mom wore Roses Roses and Topaz; one of my sisters wore Heaven Scent,. I wore
Charlie, Tabu, Evening In Paris, and Navy, and when I grew up – Oscar, Opium,
and Obsession. Now, instead of Obsession being my perfume, perfume is my
There really was no one defining moment and no one person who inspired me to
pursue perfumery. The scents that abound around me inspired me to explore their
depths and make my best attempt to create something new from them. I am growing
into this role as natural perfumer and I love it.
enjoyed being an Independent Natural Perfume Designer, and a member of the
Independent Perfumers Guild. My process is simple: Inspired by an idea, I go to
the computer and see if the formula complies with the safety guidelines. I
consider the essences and how they go together and react with one another. I get
the oils out, and begin blending, sniffing, adjusting, and testing. When I’m
happy, I stop and label, then set it aside to mature. This process can take
many months to accomplish.
am daily filled with the sense of appreciation and awe at the gifts of Gaia, our
Mother Earth. Creating perfumes takes me to places of absolute peace, joy, and
light, and I am humbled in the presence of these wonderful substances; it is
the epitome of excitement, and, for me, the feeling of accomplishment is second
Elements in a perfume
An alchemist at heart, combining lyric with melody, water with oil, essences with alcohol, ginger with carrots, phthlalo blue with titanium white, clay with water, is all the same to me. It’s creation; it’s love; it’s life. My question is always, “I wonder what would happen if I…”
Although I'm not actively creating and selling perfumes due to arthritis and so on, I do teach three courses on the subject of natural perfumery (and energy healing) and have students worldwide.
I host a global natural perfume challenge two or three times each year, as well.
My Atelier and perfume organ
In my work area, I am surrounded by the soft music of the Tibetan Singing Bowls, Fractal Energy Art, and deep peace. This produces an environment of free-flowing creativity in which I can manifest, from Spirit into physical, all of the ideas and inspirations that come to me.
I work with over 300 essential oils, concretes, absolutes, attars, tinctures, and ethically harvested and cruelty-free animal essences. I've also created dozens of tinctures and 'scent similar' accords. From all of these, I select, formulate, and create natural perfume for the enjoyment of all. Only the freshest and finest essences find their way into my creations.
I work in a clean and healthy environment producing a product that is good for you.
All who come to my Atelier may test my product and determine for themselves.
Even on vacation, I couldn't leave it alone, so I created a perfume kit to travel with me...
Making a simple 5 ml perfume:
Yesterday, my friend and I began with the idea that we wanted to make a lovely deep floral for the winter months ahead. Choosing the following essential oils and absolutes, we began: Peru balsam, Sandalwood vanutua, Vanilla CO2, Copaiba resin, Tuberose absolute, Golden Champa absolute, Kewda attar, Black Pepper, Tarragon, and Petitgrain sur fleur.
I begin with the heaviest of the Base notes, add the heart and head notes, then bring the marked jigger up to 5 ml with dropper's-full of perfumers' alcohol.
The end result is a gorgeous warm fall colour. It was named "Autumn Aura" and I feel that really describes not only the colour but the rich aroma of this perfume.
It is transferred into a 5 ml glass atomizer. It will sit in the ultrasonic bath surrounded by quartz crystals for a while then tucked into a golden sleeve, now ready to label and enjoy.
My starting place is the premise that our higher self – your higher self and my higher self – knows what is best for us and is always looking out for us by guiding, prompting, and leading the way through
people, places, circumstances, and serendipity.
I believe that each student will find the teacher that is right for him or her during that particular space and time. For this reason, I don’t believe in competition rather,
believe in the faithfulness and abundance of the Universe.
believe that each teacher brings his or her own life experiences, strengths, and
gifts to the table and that, though there may be many courses on each subject
known, each one will be different because of this.
feel students should learn from a variety of teachers and that my teaching
methods and class materials are not any better or worse than any others, just
feel it is difficult, if not impossible, to set a specific standard that is the
'ultimate of ultimates' for any subject. The best we can do is look at the
banquet of offerings, tune into the energy of each and follow our inner
I believe in empowering my students with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about which way is the best way for them to go, for their highest good.
The more we are exposed to ideas and concepts, the more comfortable we become until, in the end, they seem quite obvious and even commonplace.
As a teacher, I use repetition to assist me in presenting the information in all formats: visual, audio, and kinesthetic, so no matter how you learn, you will learn.
Themes are presented and reviewed until this line of thinking become second nature to you and you feel as if you'd always known it.
Actively involved with the energy of botanicals/herbs since 1972
Ph. D. in Energy Healing
Creating and teaching holistic courses since 1972
Currently (2008) teaching several holistic courses
Consistently commended on my teaching methods by my students (both
in-person and correspondence), and my peers
Creating botanically-based tinctures and macerations since 2002
Creating bath & beauty products since 2002
Vigorously pursuing my education through online contacts and
groups, research, reading, and personal experimentation
My perfumes have been reviewed by professionals
o I have enjoyed several interviews ie: "Passion For Perfume" with Sniffapalooza Magazine about my perfumes; and "Working The Bench" with Le Parfeumer Rebelle about my perfume course.
Regularly recognized for my ability to create beautiful perfumes
by my clients and my peers read reviews here
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Non-political and non/dramatic
Supportive, nurturing, and empowering
True caring for individuals
o Live my life based on spiritual values, principles, and ethics
Collections of Perfumes/Bottles from the 20th Century
Ode To Scent
E. Ayre, Ph.D. © 2007
I know what it smells like when snow is on the way
When summer rains turn into fall, and groundhog goes astray
But springtime always follows in a rainbow of scent
To tell me life’s a cycle and time cannot be spent
I sense the buds, the multitudes, just under wet and
They will push forth to live once more and make our world shine bright
Smells-hyacinth & genet, and many pretty
Will offer up their essences and all their
And blend in the creation, each and every bloom,
To synergize and energize the
stuff we call perfume
Meet My Muse and Hero, Alec Lawless,
who passed away in 2012. Never put off what you really want to do as before you know it, it could be too late. Such is my case as now I'll never get to study with this great man and Master Perfumer.
Alec – how he got involved in Natural Perfume
how to use pipettes
filtering and clarifying
adulteration of essential oils
Update: In 2014, Norm was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer and is undergoing long-term chemotherapy.
In 2012 (prostate) and back in 2008 (colon cancer), we made it through surgery and chemo with the help of many Energy Light Workers sending us peace and healing, love and light.
Each of us have now survived this disease; Norm three times; and me once (endometrial). By going both the allopathic and the energy route, we have allayed the dense energies and come out the other end, balanced and harmonized. Cancer is not necessarily a death notice. No one makes it out of our world alive. However, our quality of life until we die can be wonderful and joyous.
Peace be with you. As you look at this candle of hope, may the wonderful energy that is The Creator of All That Is come over you and wrap you in a warm blanket of Love and Light.
In Memory Of Anyone You Know
Who Has Had To Deal With Cancer.
Norm (colon)(prostate) Lyn (Uterine)
and many of our family and friends.