I’ll be offering my multi-sensory lecture on “Sensuous Scents” at the Brooklyn Brainery on Tuesday, February 5th.
You can find more details and registration information on the Brainery website!
Now that I’m finally sitting down to write my first post of 2019, I’m going to look back at the year 2018 as I experienced it through perfume. Here are my thoughts and reminiscences, in no particular order.
Some things were business as usual, in a very positive way: I wrote bi-weekly reviews for Now Smell This and semi-regular posts here. My most-read Perfume Professor post of 2018 was 5 Perfumes for a Cold Spell.
Happy New Year! Are you greeting 2019 with a Champagne toast? I’ll be celebrating at a friend’s place and there’s a good chance we’ll be enacting this ritual.
I haven’t decided on my fragrance for the evening yet, but if I owned any Yves Saint Laurent Champagne, I’d dab on a few drops. This feminine fragrance was launched in 1993 and joined a line-up of several other remarkable YSL fragrances, including Opium (1977), Rive Gauche (1971), and Paris (1983).
On Thursday, January 19, I’ll be giving a brief talk on the history and artistry of Guerlain Shalimar at the Brooklyn Public Library. You can find more info here!
There are so, so many great ads for Shalimar, but this one (from 1961) seems appropriate for today.
Is it already mid-December?!
Reading: I’m in the middle of Edwidge Danticat’s remarkable novel The Dew Breaker, from a recent Boxwalla “book box.”
Audio: After hearing a recent interview with Dolly Parton on NPR, I’m finally digging deeper into her impressive musical output. Better late than never!
Art: I need to get tickets to the Andy Warhol show at the Whitney.
Video: “The Kindergarten Teacher” with Maggie Gyllenhaal
Were scratch ‘n’ sniff stickers popular when you were in grade school?
They were certainly a craze at my school for a year or two, and I owned a small album where I carefully arranged my own collection of colorful aromatic decals. If these “Extravagant Moodies” had been available, I would have loved them…
I filed away this Caron advertisement from 1940 a while ago, not just because I liked it, but because I had a feeling that its imagery was borrowed from some earlier work of art. Yesterday, in a completely unrelated search, I came across the source…