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An excellent book on how to blend perfume
on 15 November 2013
I've attended Karen's classes before (she is a great teacher), so I was delighted that there is now a book you can use at home as well to learn to blend perfumes. In the book she covers different fragrance families, like floral, oriental, chypre etc. so if you don't like a particular kind of perfume you don't have to blend it! What is most useful is that she includes a recipe for each one, so that you can make it up and see what the archetypal smell is. From there you can always adapt and customise.
There are some very useful parts to this book like how to develop a language around smell and some of the common words that are used. What I particularly liked is that the book includes how to make perfume oils, solid perfumes and also perfumed products like shower base gel, body lotions and bath oils. If you've always wanted to make one of those products bespoke for yourself, this is certainly the book for you. In addition there are also recipes for room sprays and diffusers, so pretty much all your perfumed needs are met in one book.
If you like making your own base products (the creams, lotions and balms to which essential oils or odorants are added), Karen also has another very useful and easy to follow book called 'Natural Beauty'Natural Beauty - 35 step-by-step projects to create low-cost, natural beauty essentials for face, body and hair. Karen used to work for Neal's Yard and has also worked as a perfume evaluator, so she really knows what she is talking about. The great thing for us is that she knows how to make all these things simple and do-able. A really useful book for those who are interested in making perfume.