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Friday Finds: Perfume Pandemonium

November 1, 2013

Photo courtesy of Naomi King on Flickr Creative Commons

There’s something in the air in the world’s most popular cities, and it’s not just the outsider enthusiasm of November’s swell of tourists. Between shops, pop-ups, and collaborations, a new wave of perfume is atomizing its way into the hippest of urban ethers. Perfect for the brisk climate, these scents and the fledgling perfumeries that contain them have got New York and London smelling fresh and sweeter than ever. Some of our favorite travel and luxury blogs give us a sample.

Brooklyn is now host to a perfume scene the likes of which New York hasn’t seen since Madison Avenue became home to all of the Big Three (Creed, Bond No. 9, and Jo Malone). Thanks to a new crop of independent parfumeries plus a pop-up within men’s salon Barber & Supply that are launching or have launched there this fall, Williamsburg and Boerum Hill are giving out some fragrant notes right now, from citrus to violet leaf to simply “wilderness.” [Racked]

The only thing missing from the Museum of Londons Cheapside Hoard jewelry display was the perfect perfume to accompany the gems. That is, until London-based Roja Dove designed it. Now scenting the show, the celebrated parfumier’s creation whiffs of ambergris, rose, and spices like the exotic imports that would have come into England around the time the jewels ornamented Tudor necks, wrists, and bodices. Visitors can get a sniff of the bespoke blend for the next year-and-a-half while the exhibition is open. [Basenotes]

“City of Angels” is especially apt now Los Angeles has gained the heavenly nonprofit Institute for Art and Olfaction (IAO). Since opening a year ago, the versatile organization has taught blending workshops and “bootcamps”; customized an original fragrance for an immersive New York film screening; and perfumed pigments for Hinduism’s paint-throwing holiday, Holi. A certificate program with Cinquième Sens and a joint project with the Hammer Museum are upcoming projects. [Paper]

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