Monday, 18 April 2011


A must-read for the sensory hearts

So I must have been blessed. God s been sending me the bestest perfume passionates lately. Gotta share this. Yesterday's workshop was another exclusive, avant-garde encounter between people who want to learn, to study, to feel, to know what perfume is, and a selection of perfume ingredients and compositions. Oh, and to come to appreciate them, this time they used food - a palette of tastes I had devotedly looked for and selected in the gourmand paradise also known as Whole Foods. 

It was lots of fun - their enthusiasm was infectious. I had the pleasure of having for the second time a choreographer -now fashion designer- whose savvy nose could easily pick the dark chocolate reflections of patchouli and chatted with him for more than an hour about anything in between food markets and Japanese attitudes. His amazing girlfriend, a radiant French stylist, quite as nose-driven, easily picked the synthetic that drove Kawakubo mad (and is in fact a CDG's fragrances honour member) and will soon write about the experience.

Just to reassure that everyone can be a perfumer and not only artists come to my workshops (the world of smell and its ingredients is with us unintentionally every day, perfume culture is for everyone), I had the most incredible pleasure to have an anesthesist, who came down from Leicester just for the workshop, and was the best vanilla taste / scent sensor - and lover. Let doctors say it with scent!

Last but not least, I was completely overwhelmed by Imran's questions - about my perfume taste, recommendations, and he had wonderful suggestions... even the company's founder agrees that he knows everything about what smells good in perfume. Perfume must be his drug as, as a banker he sometimes works 18 hours/day!!

Two more attendees were supposed to come from the Netherlands, but we haven't seen them... I hope they're alive!

I have been very lucky and I must thank God for inventing the senses of taste and smell and making us experiment to learn more about this world, which takes us on the way to pleasure. And then of course thank to students for coming and for trusting me when, blindfolded, they tasted in the name of scent. And LE LABO for being the best perfume shop in the world.

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