A week of scented hedonism

Its a packed olfactory and gustatory schedule in the coming week, I am gleefully excited at having tickets for the following:

Sat 17th: TODAY I am at the Vintage Sessions at Les Senteurs, with purveyor of olfactory adventures, Ms Odette Toilette.  It’s back to the decade of BIG!  Hair, shoulders, perfume, colour – yes, the loud and proud 1980’s.

Go Team Joan!
Dynasty typifies 80’s excess – joyfully and without apology

Will their be wafts of Giorgio, Poison and other membrane irritants .. who knows.  I know there will be Fizz and darn fine cakes, bring it on.  Now where IS my batwing jumper.

Carl Warner’s Food Landscapes – edible art for the senses!
credit: blog.toptable.com

I had a ticket for the Experimental Food Society’s exhibition at Canary Wharf for today (Saturday 17th), which has unfortunately been cancelled. Soo disappointing, wanted to see (eat + smell!) glasses of spun sugar, transmogrified food, outlandish liqueurs  and jelly sculptures!

Puts my fruit carving to shame!
Experimental Food Society displaying their skills

If you cannot wait until next year, when hopefully the exhibition will return and you want to get a visual fix of charcuterie hills and dales, cheese boulevards and candy cottages, Carl Warner  (see image above) has a book out called “Food Landscapes” published by Abrams.   It’s like Alice in Wonderland, meets Willy Wonka in Heston Blumenthal’s kitchen!!  Bring a napkin, drooling guaranteed!

Which segues nicely into and placates my palate a little with:

Weds 21st : Port and Chocolate Tasting at Charbonnel et Walker.  Yum, yum.  I was here a year ago for a Chocolate + perfume event with Ormonde Jayne, great fun, divine confections and witty repartee from the staff.

Thurs 22nd: A night of idling away with ‘Iris’ at Perfume Lover’s London.  Cannot wait, have been smelling my orris root extract in anticipation and writing up ideas for an IRIS post, watch this space.

The Iris – regal, haunting, seductive
(credit: Wikipedia)

In between these hedonic times, I am writing up workshop notes and blends for my Botanical Oils workshop at Fulham Palace (24th) and a private course on creating bases and creams (Dec 1st).  Work waits for no man.

Phew, I need a lie down … where are my smelling salts and pass the port truffles!

About The Perfume Mistress

"If the eyes are the windows to your soul, then the nose is the doorway to your imagination" The Perfume Mistress Hello, by day I am a clinical aromatherapist and tutor, with over 10 years of working with natural materials and essential oils, by night I delve into the art of botanical perfumery, reading and smelling all things olfactory. I have set up the 'Nosetrodami Club' offering scentsory talks, discussions and master-classes on all topics and themes olfactive. I also offer one and two day workshops in the art of natural perfumery, natural and organic body & skincare. My inspirations range from the mundane to the metaphysical, the hum-drum to the hyperbolic which you may see reflected in my posts.
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