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 late 2006, writing reviews of fragrances and scented body products.
I’m an independent writer: I’m not employed by any fragrance-related business, I have no financial interest or involvement in any brand or retail operation, and I’m not compensated financially for anything I write on this site.
Over the past three years I’ve offered presentations and classes about the history and culture of perfume at the Brooklyn Brainery, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Public Library, 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’d 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, since my research skills and my curiosity about cultural context have enriched my lifelong enjoyment of perfume.
What’s my favorite fragrance? It’s impossible for me to pick just one, but a few of my long-time loves are Caron Bellodgia, Diptyque L’Ombre dans L’Eau, Guerlain Après L’Ondée, Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin, and Frédéric Malle Lipstick Rose.
My Fragrance Writing on Other Sites
Atlas Obscura: “Ann Haviland, Forgotten Mastermind of the Celebrity Scent.” December 19, 2017.
Biography.com: “Celebrity Perfumes: Fame in a Bottle.” July 22, 2014.
All Arts: “Beyond the Canvas: Five Fragrances Worn by Frida Kahlo.” Gillian Edevane and Britt Stigler. Detailed review of event at the Brooklyn Museum. April 22, 2019.
Inverse: “Why Men Are Realizing That Smelling Like a Desert Rose Isn’t Half Bad.” Interviewed by Greta Moran. June 18, 2018.
Inside Jersey (The Star Ledger): “Making Scents.” Interviewed by Vicki Hyman. December 1, 2012.