PERFUME: The Art & Craft of Fragrance by Karen Gilbert

Heya Happy Huffers,

Christmas is round the corner and if there is anyone interested in fragrance in your life that likes to read then I’ve found the perfect book. Karen Gilbert was in Australia recently and a couple of us down Under Perfumistas had the pleasure of lunching with her and her extremely handsome partner. Not only were they excellent company but they were incredibly knowledgeable about a wide range of subjects and had us enthralled and laughing, enjoying a wonderful afternoon. When it was time to go we were all sad but felt like we had made a couple of new friends for life.

Karen Gilbert will be doing a 1 Day Perfume Introduction MASTERCLASS 20 September 2014<<<JUMP

PERFUME: The Art & Craft of Fragrance

by Karen Gilbert

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Here are Karen and I having a look through a pres copy of the book pre-release. As you can see Karen is gorgeous, filled with good humour and knows so much about fragrance. She has worked for amazing groups including IFF, Neal’s Yard and a couple of others I can’t remember, now runs Olfactory Workshops and Classes, creates fragrance lines fort companies and travels the world. Not a bad life.

Perfume takes us on a journey through Karen’s fragrant life, teaches us some perfume basics (that are only basic when you know them), her take on how we smell and its effects, buying, blending and ultimately some recipes for home dabblers in scent. It is beautifully presented and has some sumptuous photos. Readable for anyone from about age 10 upwards and at every level of perfumista knowledge, there is something here for everyone.

Extremely readable, Karen’s personality shines above all throughout the book and I can hear her Pommy accent and inflections as I read.

There is also her first book, still available, called Natural Beauty. Check that out too.

Portia xxx

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PERFUME: The Art & Craft of Fragrance

by Karen Gilbert GIVEAWAY!


This week there will be one winner who will receive:

1  Press Copy of PERFUME: The Art & Craft of Fragrance by Karen Gilbert. It was sent to me by Karen and I am paying her kindness forward.
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

To be eligible for the draw just mention how you follow APJ and tell me in a sentence how you will spend the silly season.

Extra Chances?
Tweet: @OzPerfumeJunkie PERFUME by Karen Gilbert GIVEAWAY! #Giveaway #Book @karengilbert


Entries Close Sunday 15th December 2013 10pm Australian EDST and winners will be announced in a separate post
Winners will be chosen by
The winners will have till Thursday 19th December 2013 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

Happy Holidays!

31 thoughts on “PERFUME: The Art & Craft of Fragrance by Karen Gilbert

  1. Book! Great! After all,I’m librarian and I love books about perfumes.I follow as always-RSS, WordPress, mail, FB, twitter. We usually do not call this period as silly season. However, more fun, less work. It means to spend more time with son and more relaxation.


  2. I love books. Your new friend Karen sounds delightful. I like to think of this time as the pagan winter solstice celebration without the bacchanalia part, but WITH the gift giving part. 😉 I happily spend it with those I love. Follow by email.


  3. Portia, so great that you got to hang out with Karen who I’ve met a few times. I’d love to read her book which sounds great, many thanks for the giveaway.

    I will be spending the season with my family and looking forward to giving my niece the blue sequined dress from the new Disney film “Frozen” that she wants so badly!

    I follow by email and Twitter.


  4. I follow on Bloglovin’. I will spend the holiday season A) working, at least next week and B) freezing my butt off in the midwest when we travel to visit my husband’s family!

    Thanks for the draw 🙂


  5. Silly season is a great excuse to catch up with people you haven’t seen for a while.
    Then the part where I trek across the country and visit The Parents.
    I am very interested in Karen’s books, I follow by email and Flipboard.


  6. Merry Christmas to all the APJs and Portia xx I follow by wordpress -email also through twitter and facebook 🙂 I will be spending the Silly Season in the Sun, there is nothing better than friends family lazing by the pool and my boyfriend to keep the champagne flowing!


  7. What a lovely looking book. I’ll be spending the season enjoying my daughter’s first Christmas, catching up with family and hopefully drinking some fine fizzy! I follow by email. 🙂


  8. So nice that you got to visit with Karen Gilbert. I am sure everyone had a great time!

    I’ve been having fun shopping for holiday gifts for family and friends (and a few for myself. too)! I’m also trying yo stay warm. I’m in the US Midwest, and it’s been so cold here.


  9. I follow by email.

    Will spend the holidays taking care of the lovely, fluffy cat of a friend who’s heading to Hawaii, dining with family, staying out of the rain, and blissfully consuming seasonal treats: mandarin oranges, mincemeat tarts, eggnog, liqueur-filled chocolates and brazil nuts.


  10. I love book draws. Silly season indeed. I am seriously lacking Christmas spirit this year so I just want to have it over with. I need a break after a rough couple of months. Quiet time, good books, and hot tea would be fine by me. Not likely. I’m sure I’ll be pulled in a dozen different directions and will struggle to keep everyone happy.


  11. I would adore to read this book. I follow by email. I love all kinds of holidays, but this year I feel more of the pagan aspects that Maya mentioned, the feeling of light-in-darkness. It has been a pensive year, with numerous deaths among loved ones, and yet we go on living and loving and the sun comes back. Lots of candles this year!


  12. I am really wanting to read this one – I have it on my wish list at Book Depository already. Xmas will be spent at my partner’s mother’s house (in France). There will no doubt like last year be generous helpings of foie gras as one of the starters, followed by about 4 x courses of food and champagne and wine. Occasionally she makes comments about how much NZ’ers and Australians like their drink – so I will encourage her thoughts on this matter! But all in all a great day will be had and the kids will no doubt be getting on with playing with their new Skylanders or Wii games!


  13. Thank’s for the book giveaway, Portia!
    I follow you aussie fume junkies by email, and will spend summer solstice camping on a deserted beach with my kindle and my sweet family. Hope it doesn’t rain too much!


  14. Hi Karen,
    Just wanted to say that your books look lovely! I’m ordering all 3 from Amazon today here in the States. Please don’t add my name to the give-away. Let someone else have that pleasure. (Embarrassment of riches: I won a decant of Sirocco this morning. @;^)
    love, Jackie

    Portia — The Silly Season — hilarious! It’s madness here in the States and I’m staying well out of the fray in wide open wilderness of New Mexico… until, perhaps going to New Orleans for New Years. Yikes!
    Happy Huffing Holidays, Jackie


  15. I just happened upon Karen’s website about 2 weeks ago via I can’t remember LOL. I have many books on aromatherapy but none yet on perfumery/related. I follow APJ via wordpress & email notifications. 🙂


  16. I will spend the silly season eating lots of good soul food and spending quality time with familiy.
    I follow APJ via email and twitter. BTW, I tweeted the giveaway link. You are very generous. Thank you!


  17. Thanks for the draw, Portia – I’d love to read this book. I will spend the silly season with my silly husband and son laughing all the way down to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for Christmas. I follow you via (I think) wordpress, facebook, twitter, and I think email.

    I’m not very savvy – I don’t know if I show up as Amy Maloney, Malonius, or Shy Lotus. I hope this works…


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