Concrete by Comme des Garçons: Architecture + Perfume


Kate Apted


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In researching the link between architecture and perfume, a lot is made of linking a smell with a place, or trying to recreate the scent of the inside of a building. I think it is too far a literal understanding of the two. I believe there is a more subtle joining that allows each their artistic and symbolic existence aside from the other, yet in mutual complimentarity.

Architecture + Perfume

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Bauhaus Influence on Perfumery


Kate Apted


Hey there APJ good lookers!

Bauhaus celebrates its first centenary this year. Its influence is all around us in all aspects of life. Quality products with pleasing aesthetics for the everyday people. It is an ethos seemingly embraced by many of our most prominent industry leaders. Think of Ikea, the humble Nissan car, Apple’s take from Braun household item designs and the ubiquitous road sign typography. But what effect, if any, did the Gropius managed movement have on perfumery?

Bauhaus Influence on Perfumery© CEphoto, Uwe Aranas

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INSPIRED! + Surrender To Chance

Hey there APJers,

Life is happily hectic and the house has most of my attention. There just does not seem to be enough time in the day, though fortunately I am managing to stay afloat. Hopefully you all are coping, if not take a moment to be still and listen to yourself in this moment. You really do know what’s best for you.


Not so very long ago though I was reading one of my all time favourite blogs and the piece was so involving and interesting. How your head can work while trying to be involving and engaging. We at APJ are verystructured because I really like that format and it means you can drop in at any time (day or night, ballgown or suit, bus, work, home, in between courses at dinner, just about any time you have 5 minutes) and get a quick fragrant fix from a wealth of voices across the globe.

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Here though is a piece that really made me think about what we do. I will need some more percolation time but it has caught my attention.

Jump across to I Smell Therefore I Am and have a read, I’d LOVE to know what you think about the piece and how YOU feel it relates to APJ. We are all good for constructive criticism and I want this to be a place everyone feels welcome and has something here to capture and hold their attention.

Surrender To Chance GIVEAWAY

One lucky commenter will receive a $50 Surrender To Chance GIFT VOUCHER to be drawn on Sunday night 10pm Australia EST and they will be chosen by

Go for it crew,
Portia xx

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Liza NUMÉRO August 2013

Liza | NUMÉRO | August 2013

I found these extraordinary images on Natascha’s Blog MiSSeychelles and loved them so much that I couldn’t help but share them. These are only a couple from the shoot and you can find many more at MiSSeychelles, do go check them out.

And please also enjoy these gorgeous photos dedicated to Liza Minnelli in her Oscar winning turn as Sally Bowles.

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!
Fremde, etranger, stranger.
Gluklich zu sehen, je suis enchante,
Happy to see you, bleibe, reste, stay.






Villeroy + Boch – LoopArt Project

Hello Fragrant Fumies,

I am often inspired by the depth of commitment shown by artists. It is rare though that a multi national company shares this view or that they give us stories of such behaviours. Here is a 6 minute mini movie by the Villeroy & Boch brand. One I have loved for years because of their fun and often gorgeous tablewares that so many of my friends families used as we were growing up. It shows how the company has been created with the idea of art as king and how they keep that idea going into the 21st century. Inspiring and interesting.

Villeroy & Boch Second Glance Bowl Villeroy & Boch Second Glance EbonPhotos stolen Villeroy & Boch

Portia xx

Villeroy & Boch – But Different!

2nd Glance #1 – LoopArt Project

Salvadore Dali – Art + EdT

Hello Lovely And Gorgeous People,

I am sitting in the middle of a fog of

Salvador Dali EdT 1983/1985/2011

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives the notes
Top: Tangerine, bergamot, orange blossom
Heart: Rose, jasmine, magnolia
Base: White musks, vanilla, woods

I have reviewed the fragrance at Salvador Dali EdT 1983/1985/2011. Salvador once said “Of the five senses, the sense of smell is incontestably the one that best conveys a sense of immortality” from Fragrantica.

How I love this man’s work, like perfume I can simply sit and become lost in his incredible magic for hours. Here are some fabulous works of his that inspire and delight me. I hope you enjoy them,
See you tomorrow.
Portia xxx

I am painting pictures which make me die for joy, I am creating with an absolute naturalness, without the slightest aesthetic concern, I am making things that inspire me with a profound emotion and I am trying to paint them honestly.”
-Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali-Apparition of a Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach, 1938 ArtHistoryPhoto Stolen ArtHistory

Salvador Dali Elephants eDaliPhoto Stolen eDali

Salvador Dali Disintegration Of Memory NVGPhoto Stolen NVG

Salvador Dali Crucifixion eDaliPhoto Stolen eDali