Through a diverse and eclectic series of talks, workshops, exhibitions, projects, and parties, Scent Week shines a spotlight on global perfumery practices in the context of Los Angeles' thriving independent perfume scene.
Our first edition of Scent Week took place between May 4 - 14, 2023. The next edition will be in
May 4, The Aster
Join the Institute for Art and Olfaction and our friends for a multi-sensorial soiree on the rooftop of the Aster. Watch Bladerunner followed by a specially commissioned video by Alex The Brown, listen to music by Anthony Valadez and Jeremy Sole, and enjoy an aromatic cocktail with Topo Chico.
May 4, The Aster
Perfumer Alfonso Nicolai (with Teorema Scent Studio and The Aster) presents Cinema SENTIR, a film series featuring 4D sensory activations. Kick off Scent Week with a special screening of a very LA movie: Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982).
May 5-7, Craft Contemporary
Scent Fair LA introduces new audiences to the world of highly conceptual scents. A curated selection of cutting-edge fragrance makers exhibiting and selling their work, hands-on workshops, an opening night party, and it all takes place at Craft Contemporary.
May 6, Craft Contemporary
Artist, musician, perfume expert, and Scent Bar manager Steven Gontarski joins IAO founder Saskia Wilson-Brown in a rousing discussion about art and the senses. This talk is presented as part of Scent Fair, LA, presented with Darin Klein.
May 8, The Aster
Join us for a lively conversation exploring perfumery and culture. Tanaïs (In Sensorium: Notes for My People, Studio Tanaïs) and Dana El Masri (Jazmin Saraï) host a discussion about culture and scent that grounds itself in the practice of making.
May 9, Travertine Studio
Terry Carter opens Travertine Studio for an afternoon of perfumery, featuring a lively panel discussion on Entrepreneurship and Ethics (with Christophe Laudamiel, Ethan Turner, Chavalia Mwamba), an Indie Perfumer’s Marketplace, new friends, and good times.
May 9, IAO Gallery
IAO hosts a private view for Romanian artist Cristian Marianciuc’s Olfactory Peregrinations: jewel-like paper birds, delicately cut, folded and glued to evoke the sensorial impressions produced by contemporary and vintage perfumes.
Ongoing in May, at IAO Scent Library
Curator Daniel Krasofski presents the history, raw materials and important contextual objects for Joy by Patou (perfumer Henri Almeras, 1930) in our Open Source Library.
May 11, Cicada Club
Celebrate the finalists and winners, as the 9th edition of the Art and Olfaction Awards returns to the city where it all began: Los Angeles! At the swanky, glamorous Cicada Club.
May 12, Death & Co
Join the finalists, winners, judges, and all our friends for an after-awards drink, with custom cocktails celebrating scent and Death & Co in the Arts District.
May 12, The Institute for Art and OlfaVisit Olfactory Peregrinations by Cristian Mariunciuc, peruse our Scent Library and Deep Dive into Joy, smell the finalists and winners of the Art and Olfaction Awards.
May 12 , Location upon RSVP
"LIQUADORA" is the evolution of Scent Rave, a long-standing party thrown by UFO Parfums. With DJ Python, Mapamota (Serenity Link), Carré B2B SAMWISE (Fast At Work), and Eau (UFO Parfums) keeping the room alive with fragrance and sounds.
May 13, Capsule Parfumerie
Joj us for an aura reading by Yosh, followed by the creation of a special fragrance with Linda Sivrican based on notes from the aura reading. Attendees will handcraft their own incense booklet with Persephenie and scent it with their personalized fragrance.
May 13, Pacific Resident Theater (Venice)
Jackie Brenner (de Kloka Botanical Perfumes) and Rachel Deane Binder (Pomare's Stolen Perfume) present an intimate salon that explores botanical perfumery, natural wine, artisanal spirits, craft cocktails, and their shared origins in ritual, magic, and mystery.
May 13, Reunion
An olfactory evening of performance art, community, and divination. Join Reunion Los Angeles for a salon-style scent-driven divination ritual, accordion fiddle drone/song performance and citrus smelling presented by collective Nose Garde.
May 13, Griffith Park
For smell lovers, Los Angeles offers many pleasures. Join us on an exploration of smell led by Jack and Natalie, in L.A.'s spectacular Griffith Park. Bring water and a snack, walking shoes, and your nose. Jack + Natalie will take if from there.
May 14 Griffith Park
Due to popular demand, we present a second day of smell exploration, led by Jack and Natalie in L.A.'s spectacular Griffith Park. Bring water and a snack, walking shoes, and your nose. Jack + Natalie will take if from there.
May 14, The Geffen Center at MOCA
Maxwell Williams presents a program that addresses the intersection of experimental perfumery, contemporary art, dance music, and the communities that embrace all three.