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Fragrance. Perfume. Scent. Smell.

I was introduced to the world of fragrance when I fell into a job at the largest fragrance and flavor manufacturing company in the world. As I learned my role, I learned the intricate and beautiful part fragrance plays in our lives. At the same time, I fell more and more in love with scent as a creative and artistic outlet, and thus began to develop my nose to understand scent’s complex layers. I had simple fragrance training – smelling fruit (lemon vs. orange), herbs (fresh basil vs. fresh thyme); learning the difference between spearmint (think gum) and peppermint (think candy cane)… And more intricate training – using smelling strips and raw materials to understand the subtle difference between scents,...

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International Women's Day

Here’s to you – The caregivers The breadwinners The lovers The supporters The compassionate The powerful The sisters The mothers The daughters The nieces The aunts The grandmothers… The roles we hold as women in family, in business, in society, are endless. May we all empower each other to love ourselves fully for the incredible beings we are! Cheers to you, ladies… You are amazing! Ilsaxx

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Lasting Advice from Dr. Seuss

Recently I revisited the Dr. Seuss books with my toddler, and WOW! I’d forgotten how truly inspiring they are! From imagination: “Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” To trying something new: “You do not like them, so you say. Try them, try them and you may!” To a positive life outlook: “From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.” To acceptance: “…they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches, And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches.” With each book I share with my daughters, I’m grateful for the life lesson they learn through Dr. Seuss’s imaginative drawings and lighthearted rhyming tales. I could quote Dr. Seuss forever, but for...

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