When Laudamiel walks around New York City, he says, the city’s many aromas don’t just blend together into something inscrutable. He smells hints of wood and green bell peppers in a cup of coffee, tuna cans in a glass of bad cabernet, spinach in fine green teas at the market, and notes of freesia and mushrooms in Central Park in the morning. “Once the brain has seen something, it can recognize it in other places,” he says.
That’s a phenomenon I can attest to: As a perfume lover who has spent the past few years smelling hundreds of different fragrances, I can now identify and understand odors that would have barely registered before.
Perfumer Christophe Laudamiel talks to Prime Time Russia (in English) about perfume. About 6 minutes, subjects include creating perfume, Patrick Süskind's Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, ambiance scenting.