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Naturals versus Synthetics in Perfumery

Naturals versus Synthetics in Perfumery

As I learned more about the fragrance industry and perfumery I began to understand that the largest percentage of most commercial fragrances were aroma chemicals and not naturals despite what the marketing departments may have you believe. I became disillusioned, not because I didn’t appreciate the synthetic materials but because I felt the public were […]

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10 Recommended Perfume Books

10 Recommended Perfume Books

I got a question on Periscope last week asking for perfumery book recommendations for beginners. It’s something I talk about in my live classes and always bring a selection along but have never written a post about. I did do a scope on Monday sharing my favourites but as scopes are only up for 24hrs […]

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Diluting Perfumery Materials

I get a lot of questions around the topic of how to dilute materials before use when making perfume and it came up again in the class I did last weekend so I thought I’d dedicate this weeks blog post to the topic. Why Dilute Perfume Materials and Essential Oils 1. Many materials are difficult […]

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Jasmine Notes in Perfume

There is something about the scent Jasmine that pulls you in. It has a deep, heady fragrance that in my experience is more powerful and sensual from the living plant than any extract – natural or otherwise. That feeling you get from unexpectedly catching the scent in warm night time air in a warm climate […]

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Rose Notes in Perfume

There is so much to say about the rose and it’s use in fragrance it could take up a whole book on it’s own. I was never really that much of a fan of rose perfumes growing up as they always had a bit of an “old lady” connotation and it wasn’t until I really […]

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The Art and Technology of Perfumery Workshop

The Art and Technology of Perfumery Workshop

Perfumery Workshop, London, UK September 2015 Read my review HERE The Art and Technology of Perfumery Perfumery Course and Workshop Date: 14th – 18th September 2015 Venue (tbc): The Mary Ward Centre, Bloomsbury London UK Cost: £800 (includes lunches) BOOK HERE I am really excited to be hosting this workshop in London for Stephen and […]

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The Osmotheque comes to London

Earlier this year a group of fragrance fans and bloggers went on a trip to The Osmothèque in Versailles with Odette Toilette and for some reason by the time I found out about it (always check your spam folder regularly folks!) it was already sold out. So when I found out that Odette in partnership […]

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Floral Fragrances

Floral Fragrances

As the weather gets warmer and we spend more time outside in nature it seems only fitting to look to floral fragrances. They can be light and transparent with watery green notes or rich and heady reminiscent of exotic tropical blooms. Ever popular, especially for summer weddings, the floral category is possibly the most wide […]

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Muguet for May Day

Wow 1st of May already! A very significant day to start my fragrance ingredients series with Lily-of-the-Valley or Muguet (pronounced moo-gay) as it’s known in perfumery. The French tradition of giving lily-of-the-valley flowers on May Day is supposed to have begun on May 1st, 1561, when King Charles IX of France was presented with a […]

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Do you have your own business or dream of starting one?

Do you have your own business or dream of starting one?

I meet so many new and would be entrepreneurs every day, some struggling with their business and some doing very well. I’ve been in business for over 10 years now and in the early days it was a huge struggle. I was my own boss which was great but I found myself working really hard […]

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