Who am I?
My name is Jessica Murphy.
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 and founded this blog, under this name, in 2017.
I’m also 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 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, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and public libraries in New Jersey and New York. You can find more info on my Events page.
I’m not active on TikTok so please don’t bother looking for me there. I prefer Instagram!
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.
Perfume on the Radio, Episode 2.3: “The Perfumer’s Cat.” March 24, 2022.
VPRO (Dutch public broadcasting), Het Spoor Terug, “Chanel No. 5: spiegel van de tijd,” December 19, 2021.
Perfume on the Radio, Episode 1.7: “Mythical Beasts.” April 8, 2021.
Sylvia & Me, “Perfume Professor.” February 16, 2021.
Perfume on the Radio, Episode 1.3: “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.