Texts meeting practice

Perfumery is not just a matter of mixing aromatics in a vessel, but it is effectively a network, where texts meet practice, trade, geography, politics, and religion in a literal and material manner.” — James McHugh

The bathroom

“The bottle of perfume, which Marthe […] nonchalantly holds in her right hand, is the all-important barrier and go-between, positioned at that point of confrontation where body and light touch as they dramatically push and pull against each other. The bottle is filled with a liquid as yellow as the...

Countdown…

In the context of our ethnographic research projects we learnt to explore scent as a creative way of life. We actually learnt this from people in the field. In particular, we learnt this from Christophe Laudamiel, a very special scent maverick whom we have been happy to follow (as an...

A new book for the curious…

Different types of books contribute to the field of scent culture: coffee table books, scholarly books, perfume guides and many more. This book is different. It is original in its approach, writing and design: Nose Dive by Catherine Haley Epstein.

Imagine multisensory design

“What if we designed for all our senses? Suppose, for a moment, that sound, touch, and odor were treated as the equals of sight, and that emotion was as important as cognition. What would our built environment be like if sensory response, sentiment, and memory were critical design factors, more...

Idiosyncratic mnemo technique

“I switch perfumes all the time. If I’ve been wearing one perfume for three months, I force myself to give it up, even if I still feel like wearing it, so whenever I smell it again it will always remind me of those three months. I never go back to...

Olfactory norm

“We live in a world of smells, where only the absence of smell is remarkable.” – R.W. MONCRIEFF

New York smell

Panic is almost the characteristic smell of the city streets in New York.  –  paraphrasing – JEAN BAUDRILLARD

Fleeting class distinctions

“Every human nose instantly smells the subtle scent of independence, the habit of command, the habit of always choosing the best of everything for oneself, the whiff of misanthropy, and the unwavering sense of responsibility that goes with power, that rises up, in short, from a large and secure income....