Who am I?

My name is Jessica. I’m an art historian and museum professional with a passion for perfume, always looking for new ways to connect art, fragrance, history, and popular culture. 

In my scented life, I’ve been a contributor at the leading perfume blog Now Smell This since 2006, writing weekly reviews of fragrances and scented body products.

I also teach classes and workshops about the history and culture of perfume at the Brooklyn Brainery and Think Olio as well as private venues. If you’re interested in hosting a private presentation for your company or organization, please get in touch through my Contact page.

Unfortunately, I can not offer complimentary one-on-one fragrance recommendations via email, due to time limitations. If you would like to discuss a fee for this kind of individual consultation, please contact me through my Contact page.

I’m calling this site “Perfume Professor” partly as a wink to my graduate school years. Back then, we were all expected to become tenured professors of art history. I eventually found that my path lay in another direction. I also realized that my research skills and my curiosity about cultural context have enriched my lifelong enjoyment of perfume. 

I’m an independent blogger, meaning that I don’t work for any fragrance-related business and I’m not compensated financially for anything I write on this site.

What’s my favorite perfume? It’s impossible for me to pick just one, but a few of my all-time favorites and most-worn fragrances are Caron Bellodgia, Diptyque L’Ombre dans L’Eau, Guerlain Après L’Ondée, Byredo Rose Noir, L’Artisan Parfumeur Mûre et Musc, and Frédéric Malle Lipstick Rose.