Perfume 101: Fragrance Basics (Online)

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Taught by Jessica Murphy

Jessica Murphy is an art historian and educator who works in visitor engagement at the Brooklyn Museum. She’s also a freelance writer and she happens to be obsessed with perfume, so she’s been contributing fragrance reviews to the leading perfume blog Now Smell This since 2007 and teaching at the Brainery and other venues since 2015. She’s always looking for new ways to connect her passions for art, fragrance, history, and popular culture. Jessica blogs at Perfume Professor.

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“Why does my perfume seem to change while I'm wearing it?”

“What's the best way to store fragrance?”

“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 fragrance—think of it as a "perfume appreciation" class. It will include an overview of useful terminology; a short history of perfume; and suggestions for shopping and further exploration. Bring a perfume sample of your choice to this online class—especially something you haven’t tried yet—and we’ll do some smelling exercises together!

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