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KARMME scent 'who?' Part 2 of 4

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It's been a while since I wrote the 'why' of KARMME scent, now it brings me to the 'who?'.


I had an idea for a photoshoot late in 2016 that involved showing how people used KARMME. What did they put inside their clutches, did they use minis inside clutches inside totes etc... I wanted to do a series of flat lay photos to highlight the alternative uses of KARMME. I also wanted to try to promote as many Australian, independent designers wares as I could for the shoot. So started my journey and along the way found Jocelyn Fullerton of Cult of Scent.

Whilst trawling instagram for travel size perfumes I came across Jocelyn's feed, in fact I had noticed it before when I saw the workshops on offer via Workshopaus and had been intrigued that you could learn how to make perfume right here in Sydney. I had not got a chance to attend a workshop but knew it would be on my list of things to try. Cult of Scent travel size perfumes looked perfect for the shoot, ticked all the boxes of locally produced, well presented, fit into KARMME and would be something I'd absolutely carry in my mini. I contacted Jocelyn and instead of offering to send some out to me she wanted to meet up and give them to me as well as tell me the story behind the scents creations. I knew as soon as she started to describe the 'drop of dew on a rose petal leaf first thing in the morning' that this creative lady had not only the scientific brain to create perfumes but also the creative mind to transport people to places in their minds that gave smell a new level of emotion. I received some beautiful samples which were perfect for the shoot and I promised myself to get to one of Jocelyn's workshops to learn more.

Time went by, life got busy and I never got to the workshops. Then as you read in the 'why' I had this idea to create a scent. I messaged Jocelyn and asked very randomly, 'how does this all work, I've got this crazy idea to develop a fragrance'. She replied back with 'let's talk!'. So we did.

I knew she was the right person for this collaboration. Jocelyn lectures in botany, herbal manufacturing, pharmacognosy and essential oil chemistry, she worked with NIDA in the Sensate Studio exploring the use of olfaction in enhancing sensory engagement in performance and art. Through her scent creation and poetic verse she transports you to places in your mind through your ears and nose. And she's passionate, so very passionate about her craft. These were the reasons Jocelyn became my 'who' of KARMME scent.

I am excited to share this experience with a small group in an upcoming workshop at West Elm, Chatswood on 23rd June, 2018. Jocelyn will take participants through the process of fragrance development, introduce you to her 'organ' of oils and explain top notes, heart and base notes, the elements all the perfumes you are attached to or choose each day or have a memory stimulated by. We will chat about how we came to develop KARMME scent and each participant will blend their very own perfume, based on what you love to wear, how it makes you feel and the places it takes you. You will take home 15ml Eau de Parfum of your signature blend and the formula will be kept on file in case you ever want more.

It's sure to be a beautiful afternoon, join us for an unexpected olfactory journey.

Saturday 23rd June, 2018

2-4 pm

West Elm, Chatwood Chase

$120 per person





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I have tried to be a runner, I am not a runner. I'm ok with that just like I'm ok with accepting I am not a morning person either as much as I'd like to be. But since moving to Coogee 7 years ago I have had connections with many women who are both runners and early risers. They call themselves the 'Coogee Cougars' and there are hundreds of them that meet at 5.45am each Thursday to run and talk at the same time, a proposition I find impossible to fathom! One of these Cougars is Sophie Smith, she not only runs in this group but heads up Running for Premature Babies, a cause dear to her heart after she lost her triplets born prematurely. She leads the pack of purple singlets with the names of her three boys and now husband, Ash, who passed away last year from brain cancer, running all over Sydney in preparation for the SMH half marathon coming up this month. The money raised by the expectant 500 runners this year will go towards adding to the $2 million Sophie has helped raise for life saving equipment in the neonatal ward at Royal Womens' Hospital, Randwick. With the week leading up to Mother's Day I started to think of Mothers who have lost a child. I have three healthy daughters and cannot imagine the pain of losing a child. Sophie's strength and determination to make a difference amongst her grief is truly inspiring. Her energy and dedication to this cause means there are more Mothers this year who have their babies with them, who may have been in a hurry to meet them and entered our world too early.

KARMME will donate 15% of sales for the week leading up to Mother's Day. A small way to help Sophie help the families looking for a little bit of extra hope for their premmie babies.

Shibori Stories | Collage Edits

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Combining travel photos spanning 23 years from designer Imby Langenbach, the Shibori Collage Edits series tells the story of how landscapes, textures, sights, smells and feelings shaped the range of KARMME’s bespoke shibori range clutches .

Antarctic icebergs, the Isle of Capri, sunsets in Darwin, sweeping sand dunes in Africa alongside New York cityscape from atop the Twin Towers September 10th, 2001 are some of the recorded memories chosen to be woven by graphic artist and visual story teller, Eloise Jenkins in this series.

This is a bespoke range, each piece unique, art transformed to a functional form with layers of memories and stories gathered and attached to each piece.

School Run

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