As a little girl growing up in Kent, the ‘Garden of England’, Karen was very aware that she could smell things in a way that no one else could.
She first noticed how important her sense of smell was when she could detect whether her younger siblings were unwell, a skill that she says definitely enhanced her nursing career as she instinctively knew when a diabetic patient was unwell or when someone had an infection yet to be diagnosed.
Her favourite place to sit was in the dappled sunlight beneath the apple trees in her garden, where she would inhale the heady and intoxicating fragrance of the apple blossom as the petals rained down like confetti.
Karen describes the green earthy smells of her childhood dens that they made in the woods and the camps that were elaborately constructed from newly baled, sweet, peppery hay. It is so evocative today that to smell these natural fragrances again immediately transports her back to those warm, carefree days of childhood.
Cooking has always been her passion and she loves nothing more than experimenting with aroma and flavour combinations, identifying individual scents within a mix of smells. Is there anything more enticing than the cinnamon nestled in a Christmas pudding? Delicate saffron emerging from a paella or exotic spices taking you far from home.
Karen often describes her life is a kaleidoscope of colourful fragrances that define so many of her memories, many of which only become unlocked when that same aroma is smelt again.
So for this young girl, who was lucky enough to to be gifted the very best in fine fragrance from her father and who clearly shaped her love affair with perfume to finally creating fragrances in her own lab, is her childhood dream come true.
After several years training in perfumery under the expertise and mentorship of Master Perfumer, John Stephen, endless hours in the laboratory and over a year in development, Karen proudly launched her signature collection with Hermia and Pendragon perfumes. She has since added to her collection with further beautiful luxury fragrances that are only made in small batches but are well worth waiting for.
Imagine owning a perfume made exclusively for you that only you will own and no-one else can buy.
Contact us to make an appointment with Karen and your dream fragrance can become a reality.
“What makes every perfume I create stand out from the crowd is the story telling. Within every fragrance nestles a story, whether that be for someone or about someone. Real or mythical, as the layers of fragrance unfold so the story telling begins……”
Love Karen X