Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Perfumes

by Laura Neilson The Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, a goth perfumer, is the perfect blend of past and present. Past: Since 2002, the online purveyor has offered more than 300 scented household and perfume oils, inspired by allegorical subjects such as "Bewitching Brews," "Ars Draconis," "Good Omens," and "Rappaccini's Garden." Present: The Los Angeles-based company, owned and founded by Beth Moriarty Barrial and partner Brian …

If There Ever Was: A Book of Extinct and Impossible Smells

Robert Blackson is a trailblazer in the nascent field of conceptual scent art. He recently curated an exhibition at the Reg Vardy Gallery in Sunderland, England, that took viewers through fourteen significant points in time and space using only the olfactory sense. The concept, according to Blackson, came from reading Eric Schlosser's "Fast Food Nation." The book mentions how food corporations can use artificial chemicals …

Cool Hunting Video Presents: Jacques Polge, Parfumeur

We follow our noses to the Chanel perfume lab in Paris, where Jacques Polge speaks about the poetry of scent

As recent guests of Chanel in Paris, we had the opportunity to meet the legendary “nose” of the brand, Jacques Polge. In our exclusive interview at the Chanel labs, he shares his ideas with us about the poetry of scent and his experience designing the brand’s fragrances for the past 28 years. We also tour Coco Chanel’s apartment, the haute couture fitting rooms and see …