Conversations with those who create scents, and those who cherish them.
Perfumer Josée Gordon on the scent memories that shaped her and her work, being a conduit for olfactive discoveries, and creating fragrances that really mean something.
April Lea on the challenges of starting a niche perfume line on her own, why she chooses to use natural ingredients exclusively, and where to take a brand with its roots in social media.
A conversation with Dana El Masri, founder of JAZMIN SARAÏ, on working as an entrepreneur in the perfume industry, the relationship between scent, sound, and culture, and the importance of olfactive education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the importance of balancing your chakras, the signature scents of the spirits who visit her—and how not to freak out when they do.