Josh Smith is a self-taught perfumer, designer, and the nose behind Edmonton's Libertine Fragrance. We chatted about his process, how perfume differs from design, and how to write about smells.
Scents can have a powerful and positive effect on our mental health and sense of well-being. Here a few readily available smells to leverage to your advantage.
The first in a series on unconventional perfumers working today—an interview with Courtney Rafuse, perfumer and creator of Toronto's niche brand, Universal Flowering.
A collection of local shops that carry some of the smaller, more niche perfume brands—fragrances you wouldn't find in a department store.
On the privilege of witnessing an olfactive memory, how fragrance helps ground us in our bodies, and making a case for giving scents a proper context.
I got recommendations from a scent retailer, asked friends to smell them, and noticed the difference between perfume writing and how we tend to talk about our impressions.
A chat with the candle maker and emergent perfumer on starting his own business, smelling everything once, and how fragrance can help you come to an understanding of yourself.
Some people see colours when they hear certain sounds. I think of smells. I don't expect you to get what I'm talking about, but here are a few examples.
On the smells and objects that remind her of her mother, the power of perfume to dig up forgotten memories, and the qualities she wants to convey through—what else—fragrance.
On growing up in a scentless household, learning to turn inwards and take interest in yourself, and trying to trust your instincts when your instincts tell you not to.