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Report: Penning Perfumes in Birmingham

by Judith Brockless, 06th March, 2013

Last month the Penning Perfumes tour arrived at Birmingham’s Le Truc bar, for an evening of poetry inspired by fragrance - and vice versa.The lovely Lizzie Ostrom, aka Odette Toilette, began the evening by explaining that we would first hear a series of poems inspired by fragrances, followed by the opportunity to try some of the fragrance…

Scratch + Sniff put on an evening of Synthetics with perfumer Jean Guichard [London, 15 May]

05th May, 2012

On Tuesday 15th May, perfumer Jean Guichard will be in London with his colleague Herve Fretey to speak on synthetics at a Scratch + Sniff Event called: "Superhuman Scents - a journey into synthetics". According to event organisers, you'll be sniffing away at the chemicals which make up much of what we smell today alongside the fragrances …

Upcoming Scratch and Sniff Events

by Grant Osborne, 08th October, 2011

Scratch and Sniff have announced two upcoming events at Shoreditch's Book Club for London's fragrance fans. One on 18th October featuring perfumer Angela Flanders, and another on 22nd November with Martin Holme, formerly of Givaudan.From East London to El SalvadorThe following Tuesday 18th October is the next Scratch+Sniff at The Book Clu…

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Live coverage: Scratch & Sniff - Smells Like Teen Spirit

22nd March, 2011

We're live-blogging Scratch & Sniff tonight from London's The Book Club. This Scratch+Sniff promises to be a rollercoaster of nostalgia, cringeworthiness, and delight, as we revisit the phenomenon of teendom through the perfumes we wore back then. We’ll be hearing from gender sociologist Sarah Sternberg who will present the origins and hi…

Scratch + Sniff, Tues 22 Feb: From Rakes to Rambo - male identity and scent

by Grant Osborne, 22nd February, 2011

Our good friends at Scratch and Sniff are hosting their regular monthly event tonight (Tues 22nd February) at The Book Club in Shoreditch, London. Sadly we won't be live-blogging (live blogging will return at the March one though), but for those who are interested in tonight's event, "Male Identity and Scent", can find out more below: Unt…

LIVE: We're reporting live from Scratch + Sniff tonight.

by Grant Osborne, 25th January, 2011

Tonight, we're going to be reporting live from Scratch + Sniff, the monthly meetup for London's scent heads. This evening's sold-out fragrant extravaganza is based on the theme of A Scented Journey Around the World and is hosted by Les Senteurs', James Craven and Scratch + Sniff founder Odette Toilette (aka Lizzie Ostrom). We will be upda…

Slideshow: Haiku's from the Scratch + Sniff Haiku Challenge

by Grant Osborne, 24th November, 2010

At last night's Scratch + Sniff, attendees were asked to smell five un-named fragrances and write a haiku in response to each fragrance. S+S's Odette Toilette has put together a slide show featuring some of the best ones. For those unable to attend, you can see a little of what you missed in our live-blog of the event last night. Scratch+…

LIVE: We're reporting live from Scratch + Sniff tonight. Click here for updates

by Grant Osborne, 23rd November, 2010

We're live-blogging and live-tweeting from Scratch + Sniff tonight. Tonight's event is called 'Scent and the Pen' and explores the relationship between literature, language and scent. You can read the updates on this page, or follow us on twitter here. Feel free to @basenotes on Twitter, or comment here while we transmit...Newer updates w…

Basenotes live-tweeting from tonight's Scratch + Sniff

by Grant Osborne, 23rd November, 2010

We'll be live-tweeting again from tonight's Scratch + Sniff event in London. There are apparently a few tickets left, so if you're interested snap them up fast as last month's sold out. Tonight's event is called 'Scent and the Pen' and explores the relationship between literature, language and scent. “Can anyone remember love? It’s like t…

Pictures from Scratch + Sniff at the movies

by Grant Osborne, 29th October, 2010

Tuesday saw London's Book Club play host to Scratch + Sniff at the movies. A chance to combine movie history with fragrances. The sold-out event was hosted by Les Sentuers' James Craven and Scratch + Sniff Founder, Lizzie Ostrom (aka Odette Toilette). For those that were unable to make it, Basenotes tweeted live from the Book Club. For th…

Live Tweeting from tonight's Scratch + Sniff event

by Grant Osborne, 26th October, 2010

Tonight's Scratch and Sniff event is now sold out - but for those of you on Twitter unable to make it, Basenotes will be tweeting live from the event. Tonight's theme is fragrance and the movies, and is presented by James Craven who is the expert from Les Senteurs.Founder of Scratch + Sniff, Lizzie Ostrom says of tonight event:From the go…

Preview of the next Scratch + Sniff : Plus photo's from last month's event

by Grant Osborne, 14th October, 2010

Basenotes is pleased to announce the next Scratch+Sniff event. This time, the theme is movies:“How could I have known that murder can sometimes smell like honeysuckle?”- Double Indemnity, dir. Billy Wilder, 1944.The event is organised by 'Odette Toilette' who says:From the golden age of the silent film to the contemporary blockbuster, we’…