LBQ’s Advent Calendar: 10th December (WIN ‘Perfume’ by Karen Gilbert)

‘A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting’ said Christian Dior. Spraying scent is more complex than we could have imagined when it hit the shelves of Selfridges over 100 years ago; picking a perfume is like picking personification bottled. I’ve always worn fragrance like I wear accessories, waiting until I’m fully dressed before picking a scent to complement my outfit and the mood I’m in. However, with the overflow of celebrity fragrances and endorsements, the art of perfumery has been somewhat lost. So many of us don’t understand where our scent comes from, what the ‘base’ notes actually are, or what fragrance families underpin every scent ever developed. Karen Gilbert fell into the beauty industry by accident, finding herself training in perfumery and working on own label toiletries ranges for companies such as M&S, Boots & Superdrug; she later joined Neal’s Yard Remedies and began specialising in aromatherapy oils, which led to her new career as an author of green and natural beauty books. ‘Perfume’ is a must-have companion for any fragrance enthusiast or beauty lover, and I have a copy to give away on day eleven of #LBQAdvent!

Here’s a brief introduction into the book: “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.”All you have to do to nab this fabulous must-have book for perfume enthusiasts and beauty lovers, is enter using the widget below. Good luck and happy sniffing!

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35 Comments

  1. Tracy K Nixon
    December 11, 2013 / 9:59 am

    A sewing machine!

  2. Hotrod mum
    December 11, 2013 / 10:10 am

    gemstone beads

  3. Raquel
    December 11, 2013 / 10:13 am

    I would LOVE to get a backpain-free 2014 as a Xmas gift!!! xx

  4. lynsey buchanan
    December 11, 2013 / 10:13 am

    a nice bottle of perfume

  5. rozsarg
    December 11, 2013 / 11:05 am

    A kindle Fire

  6. Kim Hayton
    December 11, 2013 / 11:44 am

    I would love to a trip away to London, x

  7. caydensmum
    December 11, 2013 / 12:37 pm

    A purple camera

  8. Hayley
    December 11, 2013 / 12:39 pm

    Nothing much, as I am away on my travels!

  9. zeenie
    December 11, 2013 / 1:18 pm

    an itunes voucher

  10. clairew137
    December 11, 2013 / 1:51 pm

    New PJ's.

  11. daisybeebee
    December 11, 2013 / 2:09 pm

    A Mulberry purse.

  12. selbya15
    December 11, 2013 / 6:04 pm

    new GHD's!

  13. Becca
    December 11, 2013 / 6:23 pm

    Some new jimmy choo perfume (my fave) 🙂

  14. Angela Millar
    December 11, 2013 / 7:56 pm

    Slippers (code for something shiny lol)

  15. Rebecca Gransden
    December 11, 2013 / 8:07 pm

    Vermillion Sands by J G Ballard

  16. Mickie Bull
    December 11, 2013 / 8:07 pm

    A new laptop

  17. Katherine Lawford
    December 11, 2013 / 8:28 pm

    i'm asking for some new straighteners!

  18. Ellen Stafford
    December 11, 2013 / 8:51 pm

    An iphone 🙂

  19. Azra
    December 11, 2013 / 9:02 pm

    a new watch please santa!

  20. Anonymous
    December 11, 2013 / 10:11 pm

    An ipad 🙂 x

  21. oranzhevaya
    December 11, 2013 / 10:18 pm

    This perfume ))

  22. Libby Ray
    December 11, 2013 / 10:29 pm

    Some lovely yarn and a few books.

  23. Chelle MTK
    December 11, 2013 / 11:24 pm

    A necklace!

  24. Anonymous
    December 12, 2013 / 2:41 am

    Some Warm Winter clothes :- Jumper, trousers, Jeans etc. A nice perfume would also be a lovely treat.Rachel Craig

  25. Day Dream Nation
    December 12, 2013 / 12:44 pm

    a holiday!

  26. samantha fox
    December 12, 2013 / 3:12 pm

    some lacoste pink perfume x

  27. Blulu
    December 12, 2013 / 5:24 pm

    Funnily enough, some perfume. I'm hoping for Marc Jacobs Daisy – but I'm always keen to try a new brand/fragrance (not that I'm hinting or anything ;o)

  28. Alison Too
    December 12, 2013 / 10:41 pm

    The Urban Decay eye primer!

  29. Linsay
    December 12, 2013 / 11:47 pm

    New boots x

  30. Alicesarahlouise march
    December 13, 2013 / 8:13 pm

    an ipad

  31. Emilyhearts
    December 13, 2013 / 8:19 pm

    I'm hoping to spend time with my family and my hubby-to-be. Presents are just a bonus!

  32. Sparklz and Shine
    December 13, 2013 / 8:39 pm

    Liz Earle Botanical Essence No100x

  33. Sparklz and Shine
    December 13, 2013 / 8:40 pm

    Liz Earle Botanical Essence No100

  34. Anonymous
    December 13, 2013 / 11:33 pm

    I'd be happy with this perfume for christmas xTwitter @tjsi1963

  35. beano54
    December 13, 2013 / 11:50 pm

    An ipad

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