Quick Hello and a Sneak Peek…


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The past week has been particularly busy at work and beyond, but I’ve still had perfume on my mind. Here’s a sneak peek at the newest fragrance from Anna Sui, which I sniffed last night at the designer’s boutique in SoHo. It’s called Fantasia Mermaid and it’s a follow-up to 2017’s Fantasia, with a similar bottle topped by a mermaid. (Fantasia’s cap featured a golden unicorn.) I sampled a quick spritz during my visit and my initial impression was that Mermaid is very different from its older “sister.”…

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“Frida Kahlo: A Perfumed Portrait” at the Brooklyn Museum, April 4, 2019 [sold out]


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I’m working on approximately eleventy-six different things right now, but this is one of the most exciting. I’ll be giving a presentation about Frida Kahlo’s favorite fragrances (really! scents she actually owned and wore, as evidenced by the perfume bottles in her house!) followed by a tour of the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving at the Brooklyn Museum on April 4, 2019.

If you’d like to learn more about this event, please visit the Museum’s event page, here. (It’s a ticketed event.)

Many thanks to the coworkers who have helped to make this idea a reality!

UPDATE: This event filled up quickly! I’m hoping to be able to offer a second date. If so, I’ll announce it here.

UP-UPDATE: The second date, on April 18, filled up VERY quickly. It’s exciting to know that people are so interested in Kahlo *and* fragrance…! 

Image: Nickolas Muray, Frida Kahlo with Olmec Figurine, 1939.

A Look (or a Sniff) Back at 2018


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.

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