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Perfume

The art and craft of fragrance

Written by Karen Gilbert

Published: 12/09/2013

About the author

Natural skincare and fragrance expert Karen Gilbert originally trained as a make-up artist and cosmetic scientist at The London College of Fashion. As part of the product development team at Neal’s Yard Remedies, Karen helped to create many of their award-winning formulas. She currently has a successful retail business and runs natural beauty workshops in the UK. www.karengilbert.co.uk. The author is based in Croydon, Surrey.

At a time when advertising bombards us with the hard sell for the latest celebrity perfumes, fragrance expert Karen Gilbert shows how to create and blend your very own signature scent. Perfume: The Art and Craft of Fragrance introduces us to the psychology of smell and explains how fragrance can influence our moods and behaviour, and gives a brief overview of perfume through the ages. A key chapter teaches you how to train your nose to recognise the five different fragrance families (floral, oriental, citrus, chypre, fougere), and how to identify the top, middle and base notes of a perfume. Once you have understood the basics of how to build a fragrance, learn how to layer scents by creating perfume oils, sprays and solids, plus scented bath and body products and home fragrance sprays from the easy step-by-step recipes. Illustrated throughout with charming artworks and photographs, Perfume: The Art and Craft of Fragrance is the perfect introduction to the art and romance of creating perfume.