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Published September 9th 2014
Your beauty is worth capturing in a special fragrance
Opened only three weeks ago on Saturday 16 August, "Closet Designs Fragrance Bar" is going to be a winner at Mt Tamborine. Proprietor, Karl Gilberd has 12 years experience in the fragrance industry having worked all over Australia in leading international cosmetics businesses and fragrance retailers. Through the knowledge he gained, Karl is now designing his own range of Australian made fragrances.
These unique blends of fragrances and a varied stock of International brands, which cannot be found in the usual chemist or perfume stores can be purchased at Closet Designs, Gallery Walk Mt Tamborine. International brands include Tous, Princess Marina de Bourbon in Rouge & Bleu, Aubusson Intense, Armand Basi, La Perla, J Del Pozo, Ted Lapidus and many more. I was interested to learn that Princess Marina de Bourbon was initially designed by the Parma Family of Spanish Royal Blood. The perfume was originally made in France in the 1800's where the descendants of the family now reside. The Tous brand also is the designer of quality handbags and jewellery. Their logo of a small Teddy Bear is depicted on each bottle of perfume. A popular ladies' fragrance is U R 2 or for the men it is I AM 2 and you can even purchase a unisex fragrance.
Closet Designs Fragrance Bar has gifts for special occasions as well
To understand Karl's talent in designing a perfume for the individual I couldn't think of a better way than to have him design one just for me. As Karl asked me the names of the perfumes I currently wear and the names of my favourite flowers I was intrigued in how my answers would provide clues for a perfume suited especially for me. Karl explained that our choice of fragrances change over the years simply as we grow older. He said it's quite common for someone to say they wore a certain perfume years ago and now can't stand the smell of it. I can certainly understand that as my choices of perfumes have changed quite dramatically and often over the years. Karl also explained that other life circumstances can cause a change in the fragrance you wear; such as your diet, what medication you are currently taking, if you were a smoker and now not, if you are under a lot of stress, if you have been sick for a long period of time or if you have simply changed your lifestyle. Interestingly, I had never thought of it that way.
So, what was Karl's choice for me? Karl suggested Amber, Sandalwood, Lily of the Valley and Wisteria. Wow! these suggestions certainly did gel with me as I often wear a lovely piece of Amber as a necklace and the English meaning of my name Susan is "Lily". I can honestly tell you I love my perfume and am wearing it most days. You have the choice of choosing a 100ml spray bottle for $69.95 which includes carrier oil or a 10ml concentrated roll-on for $39.95. I chose the latter as it is a good size to carry in your handbag and I like the idea of the oils being concentrated.
Closet Designs is the No. 1 Stockist for Nature's Gold Natural Pure Skincare and Men are not forgotten with the Red Desert Skincare range. Giftware made by Aboriginal and Disability Artists can also be purchased.
Closet Designs is the No. 1 Stockist of Nature's Gold Skincare
I certainly couldn't fault the time Karl spent with me and I came away with a far better understanding of how our moods and lifestyle affect the perfume we choose. Closet Designs Fragrance Bar can be located on Facebook, by email or pop in for a visit. You'll be so glad you did.