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The Cost Of Perfume Part 2 – Packaging

In today’s look at what contributes to the price of a fragrance, niche or otherwise I’m going to talk about: Packaging In an industry that has thousands of new launches a year it can be difficult for a brand to be heard above the noise of those with the biggest budgets and the most outrageous […]

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The Cost of Perfume Part 1 – Ingredients

A question that’s come up a few times this week is how much of the cost of a perfume relates to the fragrance itself and does more expensive equal better quality.  Does a niche fragrance cost more because the ingredients are better quality or is it just hype? There is no easy answer to this as […]

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The 3 Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself

The 3 Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself

Something to think about for 2014? A friend shared this with me on Facebook today and the timing was perfect – something for us all to think about as we head into a new year. I did the exercises in the video (takes 7 minutes) and found it really helpful in clarifying my direction for […]

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Sydney Perfumery Adventures

On my recent trip to Sydney I had the good fortune to connect with the lovely Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies. We had a fab lunch and perfume smellathon of some niche Australian fragrances in the members room at The Art Gallery of New South Wales Portia has reviewed my new book PERFUME: The Art […]

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My Skincare Routine

People always ask me what products I use and “do I always make my own” – the honest anwer is no not always and not every product. When it comes to skincare you may think I have loads of products I use but I’m a complete minimalist at heart and my philosophy for skincare is […]

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My New Favourite Eye Cream – Revital Eyes by Nourish

Let me start out by saying that I don’t review products or fragrances pretty much ever, I’m far more interested in teaching people how to create their own than in critiquing work of others.  However people always ask me what skincare products I use so I wrote a post about it HERE and mentioned that […]

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New Online Perfume Course

“Wish You Could Make Your Own Natural Perfume?” Without wading though tonnes of information that doesn’t help move you closer to your dreams.  You’ve read a few blogs. You’ve played around with some essential oils.  Perhaps you’ve even done a course or two.. But you’re still stuck!  Does This Sound Like You? READ MORE  

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Malaysia Perfumery Adventures

I’ve just arrived in Sydney Australia after a fabulous but busy 4 days in KL Malaysia teaching a class with Pial Khadilla of Asia Essentials. We had lots of eager students who had never had the opportunity to study perfumery or skincare formulation before as nothing like it is available in Malaysia. Pial managed […]

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The Alchemist’s Dressing Table

Possibly one of the most gorgeous things I’ve seen in a while!   Royal College of Art graduate Lauren Davies has designed a range of copper, maple and glass tools to make scented oils, creams and cosmetics at home (+ slideshow). The Alchemist’s Dressing Table project by Lauren Davies features a three-tier distiller for making scented oils, a scent […]

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  Pretty vintage pillboxes are very easy to find in antique shops or markets and make perfect containers for solid perfumes. Using a solid perfume is a luxurious experience in itself as the oils and waxes warm on the skin gently releasing the scent. You can blend oils and absolutes purely for their fragrance appeal […]

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