Olfiction – A New Venture

Since leaving permanent employment in February, I’ve been steadily freelancing and working on a variety of interesting projects with clients old and new. In July, I co-founded Olfiction with Pia Long, industry veteran and independent perfumer, to offer our combined services to clients throughout the fragrance industry – be that brands, retailers, distributors, suppliers or …

Love to Smell – YouTube Channel launch!

So, I’ve been working behind the scenes on a YouTube project with Pia of Volatile Fiction, where we sniff all sorts of smelly things and talk about them in our usual, enthusiastic style, getting carried away with ourselves. It’s the start of many of our combined adventures. We’ve filmed a whole bunch of episodes already, …

Lenor Japan – Septimus Piesse’s Perfumery Organ

Those of you that haven’t read Septimus Piesse’s seminal 150 year old text, The Art of Perfumery, should pick up a copy and absorb it. Piesse was a British perfumer far ahead of his time. He wrote that “scents, like sounds, appear to influence the olfactory nerve in certain definite degrees.” – an idea that …

Body of Songs – Nose Song

Body of Songs is a collection of music inspired by the body’s organs, supported by the Wellcome Trust – artists meet various scientists and physicians who are the peak of expertise in their chosen field to find inspiration for music. Last year, I was fortunate enough to meet Sam Lee and Kate Bland from Body …

Basenotes – Best Discoveries of 2014

Happy New Year! I hope it’s a fragrant, successful year for all. 2014 was full of ups and downs for me personally, and I’ve been thrilled to work with some fantastic brands over the past 12 months, and look forward to continuing to do so into 2015. As is now tradition, Grant over at Basenotes …

A Trip to the Osmothèque

On a chilly and grey November morning, I headed off to Versailles from St Pancras with a group of over 20 other perfume lovers. After a highly eventful morning (I lost my phone in the cab that I took to the station, and managed to get in touch with the driver to arrange with him …