Perfume 101: Fragrance Basics
Taught by Jessica Murphy
Jessica Murphy is an art historian and educator who works in visitor engagement at the Brooklyn Museum and leads gallery lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She’s also a freelance writer and she happens to be obsessed with perfume, so she’s been contributing fragrance reviews for nearly a decade to the blog Now Smell This. She’s always looking for new ways to connect her passions for art, fragrance, history, and popular culture. Jessica blogs at Perfume Professor.
"Why does my perfume seem to change while I'm wearing it?"
"Where are the best places to shop for fragrance in New York?"
"What exactly is a 'chypre'?"
If you've ever asked yourself questions like these, or if you've ever just stood in front of dozens of bottles at a perfume counter and wondered where to begin, you're not alone.
This session is a general introduction to women's fragrance -- think of it as a "perfume appreciation" class. It will include an overview of useful terminology and fragrance categories; guided sniffing of some key "notes" used in perfumery; and suggestions for shopping and further exploration.