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Thursday, August 25, 2011

eyeliner on a cat is an NPG-free zone

Many of us who have been affected by the unfortunate recent events stemming from the Natural Perfumers Guild  and its treatment of Dawn Spencer Hurwitz have been looking forward to moving past all the drama. That is why I'd like to make one last statement that will clarify my position as a perfume blogger once and for all. From here forward, I will not be reviewing any perfumes or products from any member of the Natural Perfumers Guild, nor will I be promoting any NPG events or projects (group or individual).

This is a personal decision on my part, and is a direct consequence of the outrageous mistreatment of people I care about who used to be associated with the NPG, but are no longer a part of it. I cannot in good conscience support any work or projects of anyone who shares the ideology or supports the ethics of Anya McCoy and her leadership of the Natural Perfumers Guild.

I apologize if this is offensive to anyone, but I'm a firm believer in transparency and I feel it's better for me to be up front, clear and honest every step of the way.

This statement should not be interpreted as an attack on the NPG membership, it is simply meant as a public message to NPG members that they should not expect me to review their work so long as they are associated with the organization.

The Madonna Lily~ one of my favorite flowers

[photo from wikipedia.com]


26 comments:

  1. Hi Carrie,

    Thank you for being up front about your position to no longer provide coverage or review of NPG perfumers or NPG projects.

    I can understand where you are coming from based on the information you have shared. If you don't feel the NPG has acted fairly, then I can see not covering NPG projects and events.

    I don't quite understand is the choice to not offer any coverage or reviews to perfumers who are members of the NPG however. To me, this seems almost like the same bullying and mistreatment that the NPG has been accused of. It seems to say that instead of evaluating perfumes based on the quality of the product or perfumer, it will instead by a political decision based on the creator's affiliation to a group that is meant to encourage natural perfumes. Its strong-arming a perfumer to leave the NPG if they want reviews on your blog.

    It is your decision to make, obviously. I hope it is something that you might reconsider however. You are a a wonderful and insightful writer, and I enjoy your coverage of all the amazing perfumers, NPG or not.

    Best of luck to you,
    Michael

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  2. Michael, I can completely understand Carrie's and other bloggers (she is not the only one) stand on this. It is meant to deprive a bully- Anya, of her voice. To make it less attractive to be in the guild is the point. As members are leaving quietly, and NOT quietly so many members are perhaps not even aware of the ill effect Anya has on people. yes, the guild is MEANT to encourage natural perfumers but so many perfumers have privately told me they are terrified of this person, that if they cross her in any way she will publically haunt them and hurt their business. Having been attacked by her myself I can only say until you experience it, you dont know. Carrie is taking a stand AGAINST bullying. You can too.

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  3. Michael, thank you for your thoughtful response to my post. Even if you do not agree with my stance, I appreciate that you took the time to try to understand it.

    My decision to not review the work of the NPG membership is directly related to the treatment that its president has given to others that I care deeply about.

    I am sure there are talented people who are members of the NPG, and I regret that it must come down on them in this way. In my view, reviewing the work of any member of the NPG is supporting the appalling behavior of its president.

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  4. Monica- thank you for your post and for your continual support, I appreciate it more than you know.

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  5. Guild members can remain in the guild under its present leadership and enjoy whatever benefits they believe that its membership offers -- that's their prerogative and no one is forcing them to choose otherwise.

    Carrie is simply making it clear that "Reviews and PR from Carrie" are not a part of the NPG benefits package.

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  6. HI Carrie, I must say that I agree with everything that Michael said , moreover I think you were recently chosen to be part of the Fragrance Foundation's Indie Fragrance Committee. I think for sure there is a problem in being a member there, while refusing "to (support) any work or projects of anyone who shares the ideology or supports the ethics of Anya McCoy and her leadership of the Natural Perfumers Guild." Of course, you can argue that the blog will not interfere with your work in the committee, but then, your stand point on your blog is perhaps not quite right? Please, correct me here if I'm wrong and have misunderstood what this committee is about and what your affiliation with it is.
    I very much enjoy your blog, and am -needless to say- against all bullying, but also felt that I had to voice my concerns, and hope that they were unjustified.
    All the best

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  7. As someone who was bullied mercilessly in childhood can attest...Bullies of any stripe or shape should not be tolerated or even condoned, and if by reviewing NPG members we bloggers are by extension participating, then this has to stop. I support Carrie and my fellow bloggers in this endeavor 100%, and applaud the courage it undoubtably took to take this stance against someone who sees her organization as an excuse to force her own agendas.

    I'm with you on this, Carrie - and I always will be!

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  8. Asali- the Fragrance Foundation committee has nothing to do with this matter at all. As a blogger with a voice, I can say with conviction that I support who I think deserves my support, independent perfumer or not, natural or not. My blog belongs to me and no one else, and is not meant to serve anything but my own interests and opinions, as is the case with any blogger with integrity.

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  9. Nathan, thank you for your comment. As always, you sweep into the room and speak in startlingly simple terms that prompts me to think, "why didn't I say that?".

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  10. Tarleisio- thanks for your support, vote of confidence, and your friendship, as always. :)

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  11. As one of the people around whom much of this controversy seems to be swirling, I have to say that it takes a lot of courage and conviction to stand up and be counted on what is acceptable behavior and practice; especially in "professional organizations". I believe that Carrie has every right to write her blog however she wishes. I stand with you 100% Carrie for doing what you think is right and best for the world of perfumery, natural or not.

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  12. Thank you Dawn! It's very true that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, and should indeed express it if they wish.

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  13. I respect carrie's expresson of her values and integrity. It takes courage to stand alone and say this to the world.

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  14. You have my support, sister.

    I can't imagine it was easy for you to write this post, but I understand your motivations for doing so.

    There are a number of talented perfumer-members of the NPG. Adam Gottschalk of Lord's Jester and Charna Ethier of Providence Perfume are both members, as far as I know. I admire their work, and my (online)interactions with them have always been pleasant. So...
    Using cognitive dissonance, I have separated them from the politics of the NPG. Very convenient, I know. This does not mean I don't support DSH. I do! Dawn is very talented, and well...just plain lovely.

    This mess is a perfect example of why I'm not much of a "joiner"!

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  15. Oh, I forgot!!

    I know I already told you this, but you are so my friggin' HERO! You got guts, sister.

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  16. Your integrity and credibility is unquestionable. I admire you staying true and strong to your beliefs. Carrie Meredith.. You are one heck of a gal.

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  17. Mandy- you're my rock!

    Joanne- you have every right to do what you please, I'm just glad that you are always there to read what I have to say. And I agree, Dawn is a lovely person. :)

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  18. Sharryn, that's a really nice thing to say, thank you so much!

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  19. This is getting old ( the bush league aggression tactics ). First, I'm reading about Bond No9 claiming to own the word "Peace" and throw its weight around on smaller parfumeurs and now the "GUILD" kicks Dawn to the curb sans tact.

    You people need to get a grip on reality. Exactly WHO do you think you are? You surely aren't protecting my best interests, so it must be yours that are paramount.

    Count me in on excluding any and all reviews stemming from "THE GUILD".

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  20. A man is known by the company he keeps.

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  21. I am totally out of the loop - have no idea what's going on (or had been going on) - see what happens when I hide in my cave?

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  22. Aromi- You have a very reliable sort of directness about you that I've always appreciated. Thanks for commenting.

    Amanda- that is so true! And it's actually lucky for us!

    Frida- You can be in the loop or out of it, and we'll love you just the same. :)

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  23. Carrie, thank you, you helped me to make up my mind about the participation in NPG's projects.
    I do still have some concerns about "punishing" those members who have nothing to do with the politics of the guild. They haven't done anything wrong! Yes, they are still a part of this organization but as of a couple of weeks ago so was Dawn. She left only now when it hit her but - from what I hear now - it's not something new. So I'm not sure if it's fair to expect from members that might be much less accomplished and successful than some of those who has left the Guild already, to make a haste decision based on recent events. They might come to that on their own in their own time but I keep in mind that for some of them it might be a much more serious step than it was for Dawn or Mandy.
    I'm a nobody in the blogging/reviewing community, so I can take whatever stand I want and my huge readership (all ten of my readers) will not be even aware of it since I almost never do real reviews. But since here you raised that question I will take a stand and say that I've withdrawn my agreement to participate in NPG's projects but my perfumes' "not-a-review"s might still be written for creations by NPG's members if I come across them independently and decide to write. I will not be writing about A.M.'s perfumes (at least as long as the Guild doesn't have an open president election).

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  24. I'm a little late to this, but I totally agree with what Undina said.

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  25. hello, i've heard bits and pieces here and there about much of this controversy but could someone point me toward contextual information so that i might make a more informed decision.
    thanks,

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