Such is the power of scent that it can bring forth recollections of treasured moments in time. Perfume-makers, such as Galimard in Grasse, France, have been perfecting their fragrance distillation techniques for centuries. Today, the company offers workshops where attendees can choose from 127 different “notes,” or scents, to create a personalized fragrance.
Fragrance is rooted in the everyday, the romantic, in cosmetics, the culinary arts, and even in the therapeutic arts. And it is undeniably intertwined with our memories. The smell of freshly baked bread or a certain perfume often recalls specific moments in time. So perhaps it is no surprise that companies like Grasse, France–based Charabot employ ingredients from olfactive families including gourmand, fruity, and citrus, as well as the more traditional, such as spicy, ambery/vanillic, aromatic, and floral scents. (Read more.)