A very special event hosted in partnership with The Perfume Society, which invites just fifty perfume lovers the chance to experience a once-in-a-lifetime tour through the stars of the Osmothèque fragrance archive.

Saturday 16th May 2015, 1pm-5pm
at The Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED




Housed in Versailles and adjoining one of the most prestigious perfumery schools in France, the Osmothèque (named after Osme, the Greek muse for scent) is the only destination of its kind in the world: a living archive dedicated to preserving great works of perfumery.

Simply put, this is the sole place to sample fragrances otherwise lost forever, painstakingly recreated to their original formulae by the archive’s team of perfumers or ‘osmocurators’ so that they may be kept for posterity.

In their vaults can be found thousands of treasures in their original versions – kept cool and dark and brought out for research purposes.



Usually the only way to smell the Osmothèque’s archive is to book a private visit and travel all the way to Paris.

But I’m pleased to announce that this time, the Osmothèque will come to us! Fifty lucky attendees will be able to experience the Osmothèque in London at a special afternoon event housed in the beautiful art deco venue of the Crazy Coq’s lounge within Brasserie Zedel, Piccadilly.



After an afternoon tea lunch, Osmocurator Stephanie Bakouche will take us on a journey through some of the most coveted of fragrances dating from the birth of modern perfumery and the early twentieth century. The session will focus on the celebrated houses of Les Parfums de Rosine from Paul Poiret, Coty and Guerlain. This is your chance to try the original Chypre made as it was in 1917, or perhaps Shalimar circa 1921. With twenty five fragrances to sniff in total, it’s one hell of a sniffathon!

Stephanie will weave together the stories of the houses together with the technical accomplishments of each perfume and ther impact of the fragrance industry.

Best of all, the fragrances are supplied on blotters encased in cellophane sleeves so the scent will linger on after the event, to be re-sniffed in the days and weeks after.



– Glass of Crémant on arrival

– Lunch from Brasserie Zedel of afternoon tea sandwiches and cakes

– Scent journey with the Osmotheque and twenty five perfumes on blotters to take home

Ts & Cs

-If you work in the fragrance industry and plan to reclaim the ticket price back from your company as training or development, please email ( if you need from me an invoice to include in your expenses form.

Tickets are non-refundable. If you can no longer come, you are of course entitled to transfer your ticket to a friend.

– Please let us know of any dietary requirements via and we’ll do our best to accommodate.

– Fragrances are to be sampled on card only, not on the skin (this is partly because some of them have been made to old formulae which used materials now understood to be irritants or allergens).




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