Scent scene

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Your nose will be in over­drive for this new ex­hi­bi­tion at Som­er­set House. Per­fume: A Sen­sory Jour­ney Through Con­tem­po­rary Scent( from 21 Jun;p .42) sniffs out the most sig­nif­i­cant scents over the past two decades. It also heads back a cen­tury to the pi­o­neer­ing Chypre de Coty (1917), said to be a bench­mark for count­less other 20th-cen­tury per­fumes, and more con­tem­po­rary la­bels such as CK One, which is seen as the first ‘shared fra­grance’. Im­merse your­self in th­ese piv­otal per­fumes and get an in­sight into their cre­ation and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and find out how self-taught per­fumers are build­ing their in­de­pen­dent brands. Pre­pare, also, to be shocked by un­savoury aro­mas such as mould and sweat.

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