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…

Perfume Hunting in Tokyo

Japan is famous for its great food, natural hot springs, and so many other quality stuff that make a visit to this country a real pleasure. But what about the ones like us who can’t help looking for new fragrances in the midst of a shopping afternoon? Knowing that the Japanese are very considerate people who…

What a Pitti !

What a Pitti !  The largest fair of the year gathering most of the niche fragrance brands is on going in the beautiful Italian city of Florence this weekend, the “Pitti Fragranze“. I was not disappointed to travel more than 6,000 miles for this unique opportunity to meet with the best of the best, and discover…

Summer Discoveries

Our family summer holidays is ending up today, and we are really thankful to have spent two exceptional weeks in Italy. Besides the wonderful tourist spots which we truly enjoyed, despite the crowd and heat, we also spent enough time searching for the best perfumery shops (profumeria) in Florence, Rome and Venice. We have not been…

Profumeria Italiana

Italy.   A dream place for gastronomy and also for the seekers of rare and niche perfumes. The Peninsula is apparently, we were told, the biggest consumer of  fine perfumery in the world, and surely the land of many masters of the Eighth Art. This is where our family decided to spend the summer holidays this year. Florence –…