About

Who am I?

My name is Jessica Murphy. 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 started blogging on my own in 2012. I’m an independent writer and I’m not compensated financially for anything I write at NST or on this site. 

Since 2015 I’ve offered presentations about the history and culture of fragrance at venues like the Brooklyn Brainery, the Brooklyn Museum, the Institute for Art and Olfaction, and public libraries in New Jersey and New York. You can find more info on my Events page!


My Fragrance Writing on Other Sites

Olfactive Material: “Suzanne Lenglen: Perfume pour le sport,” Issue 1, May 2021

Odorbet: “The Scent Seller.” December 13, 2020

Atlas Obscura: “Ann Haviland, Forgotten Mastermind of the Celebrity Scent.” December 19, 2017.

Biography.com: “Celebrity Perfumes: Fame in a Bottle.” July 22, 2014.

Podcasts, Etc.

Perfume on the Radio, Episode 7: “Mythical Beasts.” April 8, 2021.

Sylvia & Me, “Perfume Professor.” February 16, 2021.

Perfume on the Radio, Episode 3: “Questions of Class.” January 2021.


What’s my favorite fragrance?

It’s impossible for me to pick just one, but a few of my long-time loves are Diptyque L’Ombre dans L’Eau, L’Artisan Parfumeur Drôle de Rose, Guerlain Après L’Ondée, Caron Nuit de Noël, Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin, and Frédéric Malle Lipstick Rose. The fragrance industry being what it is…half of them have been discontinued.