Climate change & fragrances

This artistic project by Catherine Young brings links the scent culture and the fragrance industry to the political agenda: climate change.

Artist Catherine Young figured she better bottle up her favorite natural smells before they disappear.


As climate change worsens, so will our collective sense of loss. Coastlines, cities, crops, and entire species will disappear. Artist Catherine Young has created a perfume line that bottles up the scents of things we enjoy today, but will be diminished—or gone—soon enough.

The aroma of freshly brewed coffee in the morning has to be one of the best scents ever but, along with many natural fragrances, it could soon vanish due to climate change. The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store (T.E.M.P.S., French for time) bottles the scents that are set to disappear because of the environmental crisis:


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