Evie C; world traveling, super glamorous, Mum about town, Fragrance Junkie.
Portia Turbo; Turbo Trivia Hostess, Homestay Domestic Goddess, Fragrance Junkie.
Madeleine; is a former banker and journalist who now embraces the dark arts of PR. Many, many years ago she acquired her first fragrance, Revlon Jontue, bought by her Mum and Dad on a hot and steamy night in Hong Kong. Much sniffing has ensued since and she has annoyed many a friend and family member with a thrust of her wrist and the command, ‘Smell!’. Her complete fall down the rabbit hole came when she met a perfume expert at the launch of Frederic Malle in Sydney. Madeleine is a tuberose junkie and generally likes white florals, green scents and the occasional chypre.
Dionne, is the token Canadian on the APJ crew, but claims pseudo-Aussie status because her MIL’s from Sydney. One of Portia’s favorite blogs, Canadian Hiking Photography, is located in her neck of the woods. Visit it and envy! She spends most of her time chasing after her five children (yes, that isn’t a typo), teaching piano and generally being a giant geek. You’d think that with a B.A. in English Lit she’d follow the rules about not using so many ellipses and dashes and parentheses in her writing….. yeah, whatever. She’s having too much fun to care.
Suzanne, has been an Aromatherapist for 15 years. Her blog (suzannerbanks.wordpress.com) spans individual oil profiles through to the expansion of consciousness through Aromatherapy and soon to be published book tackles how to reveal your destiny with essential oils.
Suzanne’s work uses a blend of Aromatherapy, remedial and Swedish techniques incorporating Reiki and energetic healing.
Her passion for scent, and creating scented spaces has been instrumental in her work, producing aromatic experiences for 3 major Sydney dance parties, corporate events and retreats including an intensive week meditation retreat with Deepak Chopra -“Seduction of Spirit”.
Her clients include Kylie Minogue, Louise L. Hay and Doreen Virtue.
Margeaux (David) runs his own marketing consultancy by day and is an aspiring creative by night. The first significant fragrance in his life was a bottle of Shiseido Basala for Men that was given to him by a lover in 1998 and quickly became his signature scent. Although now long discontinued, it’s still the smell that he dreams about rediscovering one day. (Apologies to Shiseido for all the emails!). Margeaux’s nose tends to stay close to the big names of fashion and perfume but he is slowly being schooled in niche or lesser known fragrant delights with the rest of the APJ crew.
Val, The Cookie Queen, Mature British/American woman. Living in Austria, where the hills are not all that alive. Wife to a hard core downhilling guy, two kids, both black belt karatekas. Lived in many places. Perfected cookie baking skills in Amsterdam. :)) Been into perfume since age 5, after stealing it from mother, dropping and breaking in the process. (1963. Must have been good stuff) Definite perfume snob.
Brie, a middle aged American perfumaniac, had her first perfume collection at age six and for over 40 years has owned and sampled over 400 fragrances. Her original loves were vintage/classic scents but currently she takes an interest in natural perfumes and essential oils. She also guest posts on ” The Fragrant Man” and is now on APJ where she muses about perfume and tea (did we mention that she LOVES tea??). She lives in New York with her “perfume adverse” husband and “perfume obsessed” children (yeah, the apple never falls far from the tree!!). When she is not working as a speech language pathologist she is busy dabbling in essential oil blending, practicing yoga and being a “super-mum”.
Kymme CV, British ex-pat Kymme has been a Sydneysider since 1999. Whilst being a complete amateur when it comes to things of a fragrant nature, he has a good nose and nose (boom-tish) what smells good on him and what doesn’t. Kymme comes from a sports medicine background and now works for the University of New South Wales at the Faculty of Medicine. He has many interests and creative flair, and has been buddies with Portia for more than a decade. He is currently trying new things in an attempt to get that work/life balance ‘in check’.
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