The Vault

Welcome to the events dungeon, the place where you can find out about the olfactory adventures that have been and gone. Most, not all are recapped here. Some of them can be resurrected, so if you would love to book one of these events for a group, get in touch to request it.

FOR YOUR PERUSAL:
Kōdō Incense Ceremony

Kodo Incense Ceremony

Rarely witnessed in the west, the historic rituals of Kōdō – or ‘way of incense’ – are like those of the tea ceremony, some of the most exquisite in Japanese culture. There are only are a handful of Kōdō practitioners in the world, and for one evening only, master Souhitsu Isshike HACHIYA visited London inviting guests to experience this lost art.
Penning Perfumes

Penning Perfumes

A literary evening with a difference, Penning Perfumes offered audiences the chance to hear new poetry commissions while sniffing the mystery fragrances that lay behind them them. The project also commissioned new scents inspired by poems – from a Roman army fragrance to a perfume evoking mermaids.
Ad-dictive Perfume Night

The Ad-Dictive Perfume Night

Perfume wouldn’t be perfume without ads – whether explosive encounters in corridors, men diving into the sea in their jeans, or women writhing around on a chaise. With guest speakers from ad agencies AMV-BBDO and Dare, this event unpicked the weird and wonderful history of fragrance commercials – from 1900 to the present day.
Scenta Claus' Grotto

Scent Claus’ Grotto

In celebration of every guy and gal’s favourite Christmas present (what do you mean you don’t want another bottle of Joop from Granny Mabel?) this festive shindig offered a night of olfactory party games, perfume crackers and a chance to visit Scenta in her grotto.
Jackanory Night

Jackanory Night

Is there such a thing as a comic perfume, or a tragic perfume? In this Jackanory-style night, speaker Martin Holme helped noses to discover how perfume connects with storytelling, from genre through to myth, adventure and archetypal story arcs.
Valley of the Lost Perfumes

Valley of the Lost Perfumes

Brought by steamboat to London from a warehouse in Tijuana (ok, maybe by plane), a mysterious selections of perfumes that time forgot were opened in Scratch+Sniff’s olfactory version of an archeological dig, hosted with perfumer and collector of obscure perfume treasures, Sarah McCartney from 4160 Tuesdays.
Superhuman Scents

Superhuman Scents

From Iso E Super to Galaxolide – with their super-hero style names – this event saw Jean Guichard of Givaudan lead a discovery of the history and scent properties of the aromachemicals which make up much of what goes into our fragrances. Plus, we explored how nervousness around the ‘man-made’ as opposed to ‘naturals’ relates to other cultural discussions of the fake: from nylon to cylons and counterfeit art.
Scent Speakeasy

The Scent Speakeasy

An illicit den of fragrant fun in which we sampled perfumes which you can’t buy on the shelves. Many of them contained restricted ingredients like Storax or Angelica, were made by underground perfumers working away behind closed doors, or were simply too extreme in odour to be let out in public.
Aroma and Art Attack

The Aroma and Art Attack

At this hands-on, (and noses-on) workshop we let out our inner Picassos by giving perfumes a new life on the canvas, translating between odour and the visual, and turning our interpretations of a fragrance into shapes, colours, portraits, even 3D models.
Temptresses, Lotharios and the Scented Siren

Temptresses, Lotharios and the Scented Siren

Philanderers, rakes and vamps came together at this Valentine’s special, a decadent perfumed journey to encounter history (and myth’s) most infamous figures of temptation including the Mata Hari, the Catherine the Great, Byron, Don Juan and many more seducers and seductresses.
Olfactory Time-Travel Adventure

The Olfactory Time Travel Adventure

We entered the figurative Delorian to travel back in time, using perfume as our plutonium-source and with guest speaker and perfumer Angela Flanders. Via fragrance, we dotted from civilisation to civilisation, from ancient ancient Babylonians through to 18th century London.
Wine vs Perfume

Wine vs Perfume

At our first ever Wine and Perfume tasting, we headed to The Sampler’s private room, indulging in two of life’s great pleasures simultaneously and delving into the correlations and confusions which arise when trying eight perfumes alongside eight wines.
Scent and Mythology

Scent and Mythology

An opportunity to luxuriate in perfumes together with some of the most compelling mythological stories, both Greek and Norse. We heard them retold by 21st century Bacchus James Craven while experiencing perfumes alongside the telling.
Scent and Childhood

Scent and Childhood

Long summers. Getting mucky in the mud. Sneaking a spray of our mother’s perfume. Playdough. The school canteen. at this event we stayed up well past our bedtime, to experience a cornucopia of delightful perfumes and scents designed to trigger some memories of our formative yeas.
Scratch, sniff, touch and prod

Scratch, Sniff, Touch and Prod

At first glance, that elusive substance called perfume, is as far away from the tangible world of objects, textures and things as you can get. Or is it? At this event we looked at whether a scent can be furry, silky, gravelly or prickly. Which perfume was metal and which squidgy? And how can you connect scent with sculpture and the built environment?
The Scent of Music

The Scent of Music

A double sensory whammy as we experienced scents and their corresponding partners in the musical genre, ranging from Mozart to the Blues. Hosted by one of the few people out there who are masters of both subjects, the writer and broadcaster Michael Bywater.
Fragrance and Male Identity

Fragrance and Male Identity

Presented by one of our favourite speakers, James Craven, we went on a tour of perfumes and men, from rakes to rambo, looking at how fragrance has been used, advertised and appropriated since the eighteenth century.

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