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. 

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 could enrich my lifelong enjoyment of perfume and help me share my knowledge.

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.

I’ll smell pretty much anything I can get my hands (and nose) on, but a few of my all-time favorite perfumes are Caron Bellodgia, Diptyque L’Ombre dans L’Eau, Guerlain Après L’Ondée, and Frédéric Malle Lipstick Rose.

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.

I live in the NYC metro area with my husband and two good-smelling cats.

You can reach me through my Contact page.

Header image: illustration by Leonard H. DeWolfe, 1923.