You walk into a room, and you're like, “Something's different. I'm in a different dimension. It smells so good in here!” [And then you realize] “Oh, David Bowie's here.”
It smelled like if an ancient pine forest had a massive forest fire -- but like, a month ago. So you get the new growth of the grass and the moisture, but still there's an undercurrent of pain. But also of smoke, so kind of like marshmallows...? It's powerful.
— Will Butler of Arcade Fire, describing for the BBC what David Bowie, who died yesterday at the age of 69, smelled like. Quoted in Fumes in the News: What Does David Bowie Smell Like? at Katie Puckrik Smells. According to the UK's Mirror, his favorite scents were "Minotaure by Paloma Picasso and anything by Guerlain". When the Victoria and Albert Museum hosted the exhibit David Bowie Is in 2013, they reportedly piped Minotaure into the rooms. (You can find reviews of Minotaure at The Non-Blonde and Sorcery of Scent.)