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A sudden love affair with fragrance leads to sensual awakening, self-transformation, and an unexpected homecomingAt thirty-six—earnest, bookish, terminally shopping averse—Alyssa Harad thinks she knows herself. Then one day she stumbles on a perfume review blog and, surprised by her seduction by such a girly extravagance, she reads in secret. But one trip to the mall and several dozen perfume samples later, she is happily obsessed with the seductive underworld of scent and the brilliant, quirky people she meets there. If only she could put off planning her wedding a little longer. . . .Thus begins a life-changing journey that takes Harad from a private perfume laboratory in Austin, Texas, to the glamorous fragrance showrooms of New York City and a homecoming in Boise, Idaho, with the women who watched her grow up. With warmth and humor, Harad traces the way her unexpected passion helps her open new frontiers and reclaim traditions she had rejected. Full of lush description, this intimate memoir celebrates the many ways there are to come to our senses.
Did you ever wonder why you are attracted to certain scents? Why you walk right up to someone to ask what they are wearing? This book will help you get a better idea why we use our nose and not are brain when choosing fragrance. We have smell memories and we are able to discern fragrances that we have encountered before. This favorable scent will unlock mysteries and keys to our growth and understanding of ourselves. Are you intrigued? Dive deeper into the world of fragrance as JoAnne takes you on an aromatic journey of the senses.
This book gives the original recipes for potpourris and pomanders, perfumes and sweet waters, and culinary recipes like conserves — both petals and hips — sauce eglantine, rossoly, rose jelly, rose hip marmalade, rose hip tarts, pickled rosebuds, rose and fruit salad, and more. 83 recipes.
Renowned beauty expert Nadine Haobsh has the answers to the world's really BIG questions:How much should I tip my hair stylist (and the shampoo girl and the colorist)?How red can I go before my lips make me look too vampy?What's the best perfume for my lifestyle?What's the proper method for using that most important beauty accessory, the eyelash curler?Is it ever too early to get Botox?Forget celebrity trends and complicated how-to books. In Beauty Confidential, Nadine names names and provides the inside scoop on the products that are worth it and those to forget. In this must-have handbook for the modern girl, she offers industry secrets and insider tips on everything beauty—from how to make a dye job last to finding the ideal mascara to creating the perfect ponytail—fearlessly debunking with wit, style, and smarts the common beauty myths perpetuated by the top magazines. With Nadine's expert guidance and priceless secrets, you'll learn how to put yourself together flawlessly in under ten minutes . . . and you'll have the best skin and hair at any age!