The Osmothèque in Versailles is a relatively little known resource that can be tapped into by the general public who want to be more versed in the history of perfumery. Erudition shouldn't be considered off-putting as it is supported by practical smelling sessions. The educational institution is so keen on transmitting knowledge on the French patrimony that their conferences are open to children from 12 years old....
If you have time this weekend, you could discover historical perfumes while going on a family outing near Paris to see how they are not-so-secretly made.
On Saturday December 11, 2010 from 10 am to 12:30 pm, a thematic conference will look at building blocks of perfumes called "bases" and "specialties." These are mini, coherent perfumes which are embedded within full compositions and whose scents might be familiar to you...
The lecture will focus on fragrances from the first part of the 20th century. Bases and specialties from major fragrance companies like de Laire, Givaudan, Chuit & Naef, Roure, Chris, Samuelson etc. will be examined and offered to your olfactory appreciation. Perfumer Jean Kerléo, the author of Jean Patou Sublime and 1000 will be giving the talk assisted by perfumer Pascal Sillon who works at Symrise for the de Laire products.
You need to reserve in advance at: 01 39 55 46 99 or via email, osmotheque at wanadoo.fr (sitting is limited.)
Rates (cash or check): 15€/adult, 10€/ children, students, SAO members and groups starting from 10 persons.
Meetup time: 9:45 am. Please do not perfume yourself prior to going to the lecture.
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