History + Olfaction

Scratch+Sniff’s Odette Toilette has listed some new and intriguing events. “The Vintage Sessions offer a chance to really immerse yourself in a specific period of fragrance history. We’ll experience many of the scents originally created at that time for both men and women, in conjunction with discovering links with the wider social, artistic, literary, fashion, even culinary contexts.”

So far so interesting but then then it loses a bit of cred and gets all girly with cupcakes, vintage cocktail dresses on display. Sigh, couldn’t this have been a bit more manly? I mean look – there’s plenty of fodder in there – The Great War, fascism and the cold war. God anything that can get from perfume to bunkers in three easy steps is a go-er in my book. But can it deliver I wonder…..? I will have to invest and find out.

Saturday 19th Nov 2011

The Fin de Siècle: La Belle Epoque, the blue hour and The Great War.

Saturday 28th Jan 2012:

The 1920s: The Lost Generation, Nuit de Noël and the silent era.

Saturday 10th March 2012:
the 1930s: fascism, talkies and the venomous flower.

Saturday 19th May 2012:
the 1940s: the bomb, the femme fatale and the reluctant hero.

Saturday 14th July 2012:
the 1950s: the teen, the blonde and the beatnik.

Saturday 15th Sept 2012:
the 60s and 70s: cold war, space odysseys and the opium barge.

Tickets £35The Scent Salon, Les Senteurs, 2 Seymour Place, London, W1H 7NA