Scentism Shanghai 2017

After several millenniums of refined olfactory culture in Imperial China, the use of fragrances and incenses came literally to a stop during the Cultural Revolution in the nineteen-sixties. It is hard to imagine that less than a decade could wipe out so many cultural treasures and behaviors and reboot the most populous country in the…

Discoveries at Fragranze 15 (Part 3/3)

This post is the last of my series of three, reporting on my fragrant discoveries at the major event of artistic (or niche) perfumery of the year, the Fragranze 15th edition in Florence. The Paris perfumery boutique and fragrance house of JOVOY showed the result of a fascinating artistic project called “What Matters Is Inside.” The idea…

Discoveries at Fragranze 15 (Part 2)

Dear friends, I began last week to report about the Fragranze 2017 artistic perfumery fair held in September in Florence and highlighted my fragrant discoveries. Too many to pack on one weekly post and this is why this second part is just the continuation of last week’s post. Miller et Bertaux was a revelation to me,…

Discoveries at Fragranze 15 (Part 1)

Last week, I reported about the two captivating conferences I attended at the 15th Edition of the Pitti Fragranze fair in Florence. It is time now to share with you my fragrant discoveries, as this might inspire you for your next sampling and purchases this year. Please note that Fragranze is the fair of artistic…

Peppers & Ethics @ Fragranze 15

The Pitti Fragranze 2017, the biggest artistic perfumery fair-event of the year held in the Tuscan city of Florence from September 8th to 10th, hosted this year more than two thousand visitors from more than fifty countries.  The two hundred and twenty exhibitors welcomed this year more foreign buyers and visitors than ever, with a massive growth…

Spring and Summer Reading

Reading books in the shadow of flowering trees; what a beautiful moment of life! I have been inspired by many books on perfumery since I started Scent & Flavor and would like to share with you this short review. I hope that some of these books will find a space on your bookshelf or your Kindle…

Oriza L. Legrand

I have been deeply impressed by the revival of the Oriza L. Lagrand’s brand and its presence at the Pitti fair in Florence in 2016. The quality of their fragrances is at the same level as their presentation and history, just remarkable. The co-founder of Oriza, Mr. Hugo Lambert, did me the great favor of…

BOIS 1920

This is our second edition of “Fragrant Inspirations” aimed at revealing outstanding perfumers and their houses and get inspired by their creator. This week, the Italian house of BOIS 1920. BOIS 1920 was founded by one of the Italian pioneers of modern perfumery, Guido Galardi. Guido started by collecting lavender on the hills around Florence…

Fueguia 1833

This article is the first of a new series called “Fragrant Inspirations” aimed at revealing outstanding perfumers and their brands,  in an interview with their creator. I would like to certify herewith that these articles are not sponsored but written solely with the aim of getting inspired by these wonderful artists. Fueguia 1833 Despite its name,…