Success Never Smelled So Sweet: How I Followed My Nose and Found My Passion

Success Never Smelled So Sweet: How I Followed My Nose and Found My Passion


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Success Never Smelled So Sweet: How I Followed My Nose and Found My Passion by Lisa Price, Hilary Beard

In this remarkable memoir, Lisa Price shares the extraordinary story of how she went from bankruptcy to successful entrepreneur—grossing more than two million a year while working from her very own Brooklyn home. Intoxicated by fragrance and scent even as a child, Lisa was famous among her friends for always smelling good. She never imagined that the oils she enjoyed mixing up for her own pleasure would give way to the hugely popular “Carol’s Daughter,” a luxurious, all-natural line of bath and beauty products.

How did a young black woman in financial straits, unable to get a business loan and deeply in debt, churn out a multi-million dollar enterprise? With $100 in cash, her own kitchen, and the simple notion that people should follow their hearts (which Lisa did by following her nose!) But first Lisa had to face down her demons—her fears about money, low self-esteem, and a history of failed relationships. But as she tackled each problem, her confidence soared and her business was unstoppable. She met her husband and business partner, began a family, and bought a large, beautiful space in her Brooklyn neighborhood to sell her products—favorites like Honey Pudding, Mango Body Butter, and Jamaican Punch that stars such as Halle Berry, Erykah Badu, Maya Angelou, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Rosie Perez buy religiously.

In Success Never Smelled So Sweet, Lisa Price charts her amazing journey in lively, down-to-earth stories about her childhood growing up in Brooklyn and the often unexpected “accidents” in the kitchen that led to her bestselling scents. From the early cultivation of her sensory gift through cooking with her Trinidadian grandmother to her painful years in a rigid school system where she was berated by teachers and bullied by kids, Lisa speaks tenderly and wisely about the subtle ways in which life can guide us to our inner truth—even as it throws out difficult obstacles along the way.

For any woman who has ever longed to leave the nine-to-five grind and work successfully from home, Lisa Price’s story is a must-read. Filled with inspiring anecdotes, life advice from her own mother, Carol, and the recipes for some of her best-loved products, Success Never Smelled So Sweet is a book to read by candlelight while soaking in a silky rose-milk bath.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400061099
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/27/2004
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 6.37(w) x 9.55(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lisa Price is the creator and founder of Carol’s Daughter, Inc, located in Brooklyn, New York, which provides a wide array of homemade body and spirit care products. Gross sales hit just over 2 million in 2001 and then 2.25 in 2002. Lisa also speaks to college students about being an entrepreneur, trusting that her experience will encourage other entrepreneurial hopefuls. During the past year, Lisa has taught five sold-out seminars in New York City’s Open Center, on starting a business with little or no money and the importance of following your spirit. She lives with her husband and two sons in Brooklyn.

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Hilary Beard is a freelance writer and editor based in Philadelphia. She is frequent contributor to Essence and American Legacy magazines and, a Web site for black women.

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