Ana Sastrias with Doctor Luz Maria Calvo in Merida, Yucatan
Ana Maya Mexico People Yucatan

Experience in Mérida, Yucatán

Posted by ANA.

Welcome to this section of my Blog where I am going to talk about last year’s trip to México

Ana Sastrias on the right and Dr Luz Maria Calvo on the left. Behind plants and trees in the Botanical Garden of the Research Centre in Mérida
Dr Luz María Calvo (left) & Ana Sastrías (right). Ana Sastrias visited the Scientific Research Centre in Yucatán (CICY – Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán) dedicated to Botanics on Yucatecan plants, their aromas, flavours and properties. Photography ©ÆSastrias 2018

Greetings to all!!

Last year, I had two options: a) Going to Grasse, France or; b) Going to México to visit family and friends and meet new people.

Both options were in my mind, but last year I came late to the enrolment of a course in Perfume Making or related courses at Grasse, France. This made me to decide to go back to visit family and friends and spend good six weeks there re-connecting with people and re-learning how to live in México, the country where I was born, educated, got married and left in 1996 to start living in Australia.

Searching for information about ‘Mexican Aromatic Plants’ in Google, I came across a very interesting article written by Dr Luz Maria Calvo about ‘Mexican Aromatic Plants’. Since then, we have been in contact. Thank you Dr Calvo for your confidence and generousity and knowledge in Mexican Plants and Mexican Aromas.


My name is Ana Elena Sastrias. I lived most of my life in Mexico City, one of the most populated cities in the world. I studied Computer Engineering in 1982. In 1996 moved to Sydney, Australia with my husband and started a new life. I continued working in IT, but I always had a deep inclination to Visual Art since I was a child. After the passing of my husband in 2013, I continued collecting petals and using them as decoration until in 2016 I looked into all ways to use rose petals and got motivated to try the world of Perfumery since then.
In 2014, recently widowed, I decided again to take my artistic and cultural interest and focused on Business Administration and Arts Administration. Assisted in the administration of Cultural Community Events in my internship for the Local Government NSW at the Vivid Festival in 2014. It was a full on very interesting experience to see with so many interesting community projects submitted to Councils.
Since the end of 2016 until 2019 that I attended various Body Care and Perfumery courses at Heirloom Body Care, Penrith LGA. The level of these master courses was excellent with good resources.
In 2017, I decided to launch my Etsy shop ‘AESCreationNaturel’ that has been growing very gradually at a conservative but consistent pace.
My first Etsy shop has listed natural handcrafted perfumes with the flexibility of customisation and offering various presentations for the same perfume fragrance according to the client’s budget. This online shop has been operating since then, landing more than 180 online sales and 63 ‘5-stars’ reviews published on the shop with very positive comments. In the same year, I attended a seminar of Business in the Cosmetics Industry at New Directions.
In May 2019 I went to France and attended a Summer Course in Natural Perfumery and Natural Cosmetics at the Grasse Institute of Perfumery, AFSO, PRODAROM in Grasse, France. It was so wonderful and met very exciting women at the class and the teachers were very knowledgeable and I had a great experience.
It is until June 2021, that I am working solely in growing and scaling my business and joined the HERBusiness Network on the 27 August 2021.

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  1. admin says:

    Great to see your post about visiting Dr. Calvo in Yucatan. Dr. Calvo does incredible research into the plants and flowers that were important for the Mayan culture and I am sure you must have learned a lot about this fascinating subject.

  2. Thank you Tony,

    It was a real pleasure meeting Dr Luz María Calvo Irabien. She is a down to earth and intelligent generous human being, worth meeting.

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