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 those who did make it, we've compiled a list of the fragrances used in the evening in case you wish to do some further investigating.

Here are some pictures from the evening.

The fragrances that were used were:

1. Jasmin et Cigarette by Etat Libre d'Orange

Launched in 2006, by Etat Libre d'Orange. The scent contains notes of Jasmin Absolut, Tobacco, Apricot, Tonka, Hay, Cedar, Amber and Musk.

The fragrance was created for them by perfumer Antoine Maisondieu who also made Armani Code for Men, Paul Smith Rose and Féerie by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Find out more and read reviews of Jasmin et Cigarette here

2. Une Fleur de Cassie by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

Launched in 2000, it contains notes of Cassie, Mimosa, Jasmine, Clove, Cumin, Bergamot, Rose, Violet, Apricot, Aldehyde, Salicylate, Musk Cetone, Cedarwood and Sandalwood.

The fragrance was created by perfumer Dominique Ropion who also made Amarige by Givenchy, Alien by Thierry Mugler and YSL L'Homme.

Read reviews of Une Fleur de Cassie here

Yellow vial: Incence Rose by Tauer Perfumes

Launched in 2008 by perfumer Andy Tauer. You can read reviews of this fragrance here. This fragrance was paired with the film The Name of the Rose

Green vial: Tubéreuse by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier

Launched in 1988. Read reviews here. This fragrance was paired with the film Double Idemnity.

Red vial: L'Eau Guerrière 20 by Parfumerie Generale

Launched last year by perfumer Pierre Guillaume. Read reviews here. The fragrance was paired with 2001: A Space Odyssey

Unmarked vial: Lonestar memories by Tauer Perfumes

A love/hate fragrance judging by the response on the night, and the reviews here. This was launched in 2006, and was paired with Brokeback Mountain

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The next event is 'Scent and the Pen':“Can anyone remember love? It’s like trying to summon up the smell of roses in a cellar. You might see a rose, but never the perfume.”

- Arthur Miller

Thought scent appreciation was about being able to identify notes and ingredients? Think again. With its ability to immediately trigger memories, places, people and emotions, scent is a so much more than lemon, lavender and roses. In this Scratch+Sniff, we’ll discover how poets have managed to find the language to describe a smell, before experiencing some of the most interesting and complex perfumes ever created; perfumes that have as much to say and are as subtle as a great painting, and that will bring to life vivid characters and concepts in your mind.

We’re delighted to be joined from Cambridge University by poet and academic Dr Ian Patterson and by Dr Rowan Boyson, who is currently writing a book on Smell in the 18th Century.

More can be found on the Scratch + Sniff website.

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    • Francop | 29th October 2010 23:26


      It must have been a great night and experience...!!!:rolleyesold:

    • Kiliwia | 30th October 2010 02:59

      What a great idea. The next event sounds like fun too.

    • OdetteToilette | 4th November 2010 13:22

      Hi Guys - thanks for feedback, it was a really fun night and I think film is such an accessible subject to get everyone going. Lots of debate and discussion going on. The Fleur de Cassie went very well with Dangerous Liaisons, quite a contentious scent!