Perfumistas will want to take note of two special events hosted by the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program in Washington, DC this coming February:
The Art of Fragrance (In Collaboration with the Embassy of France With Sparkling Wine Toast) with Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, Friday, 5 February at 6:45 pm:
Tonight, we cut through the usual perfume-babble to illuminate the art of fragrance.
Despite the millions of marketing dollars poured in, the beauty of a fragrance can't be predicted by cost, degree of nudity in ads, or appeal to nostalgia: It all still relies upon the perfumer's difficult art. The lecture, scented throughout with examples, delves into the enjoyment of fragrance, the chemical discoveries that made modern perfumery possible, and the enduring mystery of how our noses figure it all out.
[...] Fragrance representatives from Bloomingdale's share perfume samples...and provide each participant with a special gift.
Tickets are $25 for members, $40 for non-members, and can be purchased here.
Perfumes: An Exquisite Exploration (In Collaboration with the Embassy of France with Mimosas, Coffee, and Pastries) with Luca Turin, Tania Sanchez and Patricia de Nicolaï, Saturday, 6 February at 10 am:
This cultural and practical primer on fragrance allows participants to smell masterworks of the art of perfumery that have been unavailable for decades, as well as new scents. The rare collection comes from Versailles' Osmotheque, the International Conservatory of Perfumes, just for this event. It includes the great progenitors of today's scents, ranging from the fougere to oriental to floral to the chypres.
We follow a scent-infused history of perfume, accompanied by a sampling of natural and synthetic raw materials, to understand the intertwined stories of fragrance artistry and fragrance chemistry. We explore how perfumes evolve from top note to drydown after being applied, discuss the ways to judge a fragrance, and argue about how much skin chemistry matters.
[...] Turin and Sanchez's book, Perfumes: The Guide (Penguin), is included with the purchase of a ticket to this event. It's a morning filled with French flavors and fragrances.
Each participant receives a special gift from Bloomingdale's.
Tickets are $125 for members, $150 for non-members, and can be purchased here. (via residentassociates.org, with thanks to Tania Sanchez for the link)