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Success Never Smelled So Sweet: How I Followed My Nose and Found My Passion Hardcover – April 27, 2004

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From Publishers Weekly

The creator of Carol’s Daughter, a bath-and-beauty-products company, presents her life story, along with aromatherapy recipes, in this lightly enjoyable read. Price grew up in a loving, strict African-American family in Brooklyn and later pursued careers in singing and television. She also ran up huge credit card debt, and wound up owing the IRS tens of thousands of dollars—at 28, she was forced to declare bankruptcy. It’s undeniably fascinating to learn how, a few years later, she managed to start Carol’s Daughter with $100 in cash; she slowly built the company—without loans or credit—until she paid off her enormous debt. With such an honest and inspiring tale to tell, it’s unfortunate that Price devotes so much of her time to describing celebrities she’s met along her road to success. A brief encounter with Prince gets a whole page, for example, but her decision to declare bankruptcy takes up little more than a paragraph. Readers might also raise an eyebrow at Price’s repeated belief that "God is in my corner" and that He employs Oprah and other celebrities as messengers to ensure that Price’s business continues to thrive. While Price does seem to be unusually blessed, this materialistic spirituality undercuts a potentially empowering message about discipline and entrepreneurship. Stronger are her descriptions of her family; her mother, Carol, particularly stands out as an inspiration. She raised not just the author and her brother, but six more adopted children, all the while fighting chronic illness. Photographs.
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Price, creator of Carol's Daughter, Inc., a line of bath and body care products, offers an inspirational story of overcoming low self-esteem and crushing debt to develop a successful business doing what she has always loved. Enamored of fragrances since childhood, when her grandmother filled the kitchen with recipes of her Caribbean heritage, Price struggled to overcome false starts and failed careers and relationships. Finally, her journey of self-discovery helped her realize that what she really loved and what she was good at doing could be developed into a viable enterprise. She put her considerable energy into concocting scents and selling them. Price intersperses her triumphant story of business success with recipes for food dishes and potpourri, as well as sound advice on repairing debt or troubled relationships, starting a business, and boosting self-esteem. Readers interested in starting businesses or aromatherapy will enjoy this encouraging book. Vanessa Bush
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: One World/Ballantine (April 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400061091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400061099
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is nothing in the world like seeing someone take a passion and making it into something that not only benefits them, but is a blessing to others as well. SUCCESS NEVER SMELLED SO SWEET is such a book, as it shares the life story of Lisa Price, the founder of Carol's Daughter, Inc., a line of bath and beauty products. To be able to read such a remarkable story is indeed a blessing that so many others are now able to receive. Through her memoir, we're able to see not only a glimpse into the growth and development of a million dollar empire, but also into the strength of one woman who chose to follow her dreams, despite hard times and obstacles along her path.

Lisa Price shares her early childhood in Brooklyn and her love for scents as she spent kitchen time with her Trinidadian grandmother. She gives the reader an inside look at the troubles she faced growing up, the problems in school as well as her inner turmoil with her self-esteem based upon what others were saying about her. Just when she feels she has hit the bottom as far as her professional life goes, she steps out on faith and though in major debt and unable to get a business loan, she starts her business. Lisa doles out anecdotes, recipes, and heart-breaks, all the while sharing a part of herself that is warm, inviting, and encouraging to those who may also have troubles finding their way in life. I particularly loved how she shared her products with people she worked with who later became very famous people; yet, she never seemed to change from the gracious and kind-hearted person she was. Additionally, she includes some of her favorite recipes as well as pictures through-out the book to give it more of an endearing quality about it.
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As one who truly believes in mind-body-spirit connection, I have always enjoyed aromotheraphy and natural skin and hair care products, as a result, when I discovered Carol's Daughter in an issue of Essence a few years ago--I was immediately smitten. At the time, of course I had no idea that Lisa Price was the beloved Lisa..Lisa...Lisa (says Oprah), I was just extremely drawn to the quality of her homemade products and the originality of her business concept. After reading Success Never Smelled So Sweet--I am so delighted that I followed my heart and supported such a positive and rewarding enterprise. Success Never Smelled So Sweet is the most inspiring and authentic book/memoir that I have read in a long time. In it you will follow the life of Lisa Price and her journey toward becoming the woman God created her to be. With persistence, personal reflection, and the ability to stay positive, overcome adversity, with the support of family and friends and much prayer, she took a hobby (creating homemade aromotheraphy products) and created a cult following. This book will remind you--and women everywhere to never give up and to follow your dreams, never money. Then money and success truly follows. How sweet success really is when you do what you love.

I loved this book--it has positively influenced my life as I continue on my journey toward fulfilling my dreams. Don't miss your chance to own a copy and buy a copy for a friend who has a dream brewing in her heart but lacks the courage or resources to act on them. Where there is a will, there is a way.

Reviewed by M. Lorraine for The GOOD GIRL Book Club [...]
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I LOVED this book! Lisa takes you back to the very beginning of her journey, then through how she got started with her business, and where she is with it all today. I have highlighted, dogeared, and written notes all throughout this book & have turned to it again & again as inspiration for how to make something of yourself & your dreams, nothing is impossible! Hers is such an inspiring story- read it!
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There is nothing in the world like seeing someone take a passion and making it into something that not only benefits them, but is a blessing to others as well. SUCCESS NEVER SMELLED SO SWEET is such a book, as it shares the life story of Lisa Price, the founder of Carol's Daughter, Inc., a line of bath and beauty products. To be able to read such a remarkable story is indeed a blessing that so many others are now able to receive. Through her memoir, we're able to see not only a glimpse into the growth and development of a million dollar empire, but also into the strength of one woman who chose to follow her dreams, despite hard times and obstacles along her path.

Lisa Price shares her early childhood in Brooklyn and her love for scents as she spent kitchen time with her Trinidadian grandmother. She gives the reader an inside look at the troubles she faced growing up, the problems in school as well as her inner turmoil with her self-esteem based upon what others were saying about her. Just when she feels she has hit the bottom as far as her professional life goes, she steps out on faith and though in major debt and unable to get a business loan, she starts her business. Lisa doles out anecdotes, recipes, and heart-breaks, all the while sharing a part of herself that is warm, inviting, and encouraging to those who may also have troubles finding their way in life. I particularly loved how she shared her products with people she worked with who later became very famous people; yet, she never seemed to change from the gracious and kind-hearted person she was. Additionally, she includes some of her favorite recipes as well as pictures through-out the book to give it more of an endearing quality about it.
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