Saturday, October 22, 2011

Death Matters Exhibit

155,000 persons die each day

Tropenmuseum Amsterdam's exhibit Death Matters
opens 3 November 2011 click here
and addresses how we relate to death throughout the world.

Do we need new rituals?

Online living memorials exist on facebook pages, web sites, wikipedia entries. Quickly receiving visual and audial information across media platforms has changed our perceptions.

Smell and scent play an important part of death rites, memorials, burials and reminiscences of those who have passed.

Spritzing certain scents can bring a person right back in the room.

See Additional Posts
The smell of pine, centuries later click here
and here

Jim Morrison's beautiful poem on connectors/rites click here

Gunther Van Hagens, creator of Body Worlds and the plastination method of preservation has intrigued people around the world. click here

photo: plastinated human body/Body Worlds/San Diego 2009 Patty Mooney

engraving: Calavera Oaxaqueña José Guadalupe Posada circa 1903

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Finn Earl (Anton Yelchin): Who is this?

Ogden C. Osborne (Donald Sutherland): (mild laugh) Ah, that's Creamsicle

Finn: Her name was Creamsicle?

Ogden: Yeah. Yeah, she smelled like a Creamsicle

Finn: Mr. Osborne, Creamsicles don't smell.

Ogden: Smells good doesn't it? 

King of Norway introduced me to her. She had a mole shaped like Cuba.

She and Billie Holliday
got into a cat fight
over me.
The two of 'em used to sing duets.

One in each ear.
Billie Holliday could sure sing.

Creamsicle used to hit the high notes.

Photo: the film Fierce People 2005 Lions Gate
Director: Griffin Dunne
Writer: Dirk Wittenborn

Mae West Went West

Mae never takes showers, preferring tub baths perfume with rose-scented bath salts. She has more than a dozen fluffy negligees and wears a different one every morning for breakfast, which she eats on a pink satin chaise lounge in her boudoir.

She has twenty-seven bottles of perfume on her dressing table, but the one she uses almost exclusively is of sweet pe scent … Her hair-dresser comes to her home every morning to give her a finger wave. Her hair is shampooed weekly. Mae’s fingernails are manicured three times a week and always coated with a vivid red polish. She has massages several times a week.

For the sake of her curves she eats rich, creamy foods – likes chocolate candy too.

She is left-handed, naturally, but hides the fact in public. She can’t ride a horse, but is proud of her ability to ride an elephant. She likes to motor, but cant’ drive a car, and is afraid of ocean and air travel. She is a disciple of Yogi, writes in bed, dictating to a secretary.

She’s a home girl, and oddly her homework is writing.

- Becoming Mae West, Emily Wortis Leider, Farrar Straus Giroux 1997

Photo: She Done Him Wrong Paramount
Packaging Design: Becca Fox

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ahh, burning odor of hydrocarbons

if we don't make it there
our kids or our kids' kids are
gonna make it


To outer space

And it has its unique smells and pockets of smells.

From lunar smells of firecrackers and spent gunpowder, to spaces smelling of sweet sugar or sulfur

Read the fun little article click here

"The final frontier smells a lot like a NASCAR race—a bouquet of hot metal, diesel fumes and barbecue. The source? Dying stars, mostly. 

We have a few clues as to what space smells like. First of all, there were interviews with astronauts that we were given, when they had been outside and then returned to the space station and were de-suiting and taking off their helmets - they all reported quite particular odours.

For them, what comes across is a smell of fried steak, hot metal and even welding a motorbike, one of them said."

- Steven Pearce Omega Ingredients

photo: Antennae Galaxies NASA/ESA

Thursday, October 13, 2011

distant perfume

In the place where this memory lives is perhaps the key to open all the other places that hold the stored words and stories that slip away. I am thinking this once again, walking down the street, writing in invisible ink.

Will the thought of how to unlock the other words and live the memories for the second time (perhaps on paper this time) disappear into that other world of shadows and distant perfume? My mind seems to remember it but cannot actually smell the aroma. It is like the memory of a scent. Perhaps this memory can transport me to another state. Is that not as real?

- Deborah Winger, from her book Undiscovered

photo: NYC 6th Ave. circa 1940

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Smells of Manliness

15 Manliest Smells in the World 

are listed in
Brett and Kate McKay's
Art of Manliness
23 June 2009

the list delights me with its quaintness

The original Old Spice makes it in
shoe polish

and guess what else? 

click here

photo: Teater Kolibri 18 August 2007 FredrikBorgström

Monday, October 10, 2011

11 October 2011 Brian Pera's Woman's Picture & Andy Tauer's Miriam

See the film
hear the director, Brian Pera
who also is the director/star of The Way I See Things click here


several of the stars


Perfumer Andy Tauer visiting from Zurich, Switzerland

the first of the Tableau de Parfums Miriam

Host: the luminescent Ann Magnuson

Tuesday 11 October 2011
8:00 PM

The Steve Allen Theater at The Center For Inquiry
4773 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90027
call 323.666.4268

For ticket information click here

click here for information on the Tableau de Parfums

What I love about this film and Brian's directing is time and space change until you sit, not sit like in a chair, more sit as in yoga or a meditation or at a picnic; sit with yourself, to dawning recognitions blooming within the film.

Painting: Nana Edouard Manet 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Smell of Rain

Inspector Barnaby:  This cloth, where'd it come from?

Tailor: Ah, that's a lovely 18 ounce tweed, hand woven in Scotland before the war.

Barnaby: I swear my father had a suit in this material.

Tailor: I wouldn't be surprised.

Barnaby: I can remember how it smelled when he'd been out in the rain.

photo: Midsomer Murders The Made-to-Measure Murders May 2010

Friday, October 7, 2011

Scent Bar 7 October 2011 Andy Tauer/Brian Pera - Los Angeles

Lucky Scent
lucky again
Perfumer Andy Tauer visits from Zurich, Switzerland
Director Brian Pera in town from Tennessee

Scent Bar
8327 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Champagne Reception

showcasing the first scent created for

Tableau de Parfums click here
an ongoing film series by Brian Pera
creator of A Woman's Picture
click here
showing in Los Angeles
Tuesday 11 October 2011
Steve Allen Theater

photo: Lucky Hand lastor 17 April 2010

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Expect everything else to become like perfume ...

Perhaps our sense of this,
the sense of belonging to a world held together by networks of ephemeral confidences
(such as philosophies and stock markets)
rather than permanent certainties,
predisposes us to embrace the pleasures of our most primitive and unlangued sense.

Being mystified doesn't frighten us as much as it used to. 

And the point for me is not to expect perfumery to take its place in some nice, reliable, rational world order, but to expect everything else to become like perfume.

- Brian Eno 1992 Details Magazine

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Treasure Hunt - kiss in a bottle

 Original Inspiration

 Add Interpretation

Amazing what black and white film and a soundtrack can do? Or, is it something in the air!
Spritz, Spritz
kiss in a bottle

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Marula Amarula

2009 Couldn't resist a bottle on an end-aisle ... having read Lyall Watson's writing on the plant - what would it taste like?  

Amarula a cream liqueur with an elephant with tusks on the label: this natural liqueur is produced from the unique fruit of the marula tree and fresh cream; product of South Africa.

I find it has a slight citrusy tang and creamy vanilla blend.

In an article perfumer Vedat Ozan sent to me at the end of 2009 on Upcoming Flavors
marula is listed ...

click here and scroll down  see animals enjoy the fermented fruit


Was the BBC documentary of animals getting "high" once a year with the marula tree's fermented fruit monkied with?
I have no idea other than Amarula didn't have that effect on me ... for better or worse 

photo: Marula tree and fruit, Transvaal, South Africa by Rotational

Sunday, October 2, 2011


All but the anosmic,
those who have lost the sense of smell through injury, disease, or inheritance,
have experienced the instant recognition
of a past incident flashing
through the brain during one inhale.

-Lura Astor

photo: Thunder above Madeira Waters Don Amaro

Saturday, October 1, 2011

beauty het-erotic strings gluons

At the fundamental level Nature
for whatever reason
prefers beauty

- physicist David Gross

director of the Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCSB
University of California Santa Barbara

heterotic strings - bosonic string and superstring heterosis hybrid vigour

Knit that model! click here
for Knit Chaos and Chaos fragrance

Photo: Tree Trunk Mystery Lura Astor