Biologist Christina Agapakis explains how scents are created by metabolic processes happening inside cells, and how scientists are exploring and re-engineering these processes to create new fragrances.
A one-off blending session for newcomers only. Make something nice to smell in our instructional session for total beginners. Informal, fun and educational: Let’s see what you can make!
Come socialize, learn, and tinker with perfumery: We host our open sessions on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30. All levels are welcome. Laughter and sharing required.
A year-long collaboration between the IAO and Victor Wilde’s post-punk, LA-based fashion house Bohemian Society comes to a climax with the release of ‘Sex Tape’. It will haunt you forever, you dirty birds.
We’ve finished preliminary judging, and are preparing to send the finalist scents to the second round of judges. We’re excited to announce the finalists at Esxence in Milan, on March 26.
Biologist Christina Agapakis explores the science of scent: Biochemistry, organic molecules, and how scientists are engineering new scents.
Ashley Eden Kessler leads us through a two day intensive focussing on the wonderful world of aldehydes by deconstructing a classic: Chanel No. 5.
The Art and Olfaction Awards were created to support independent, artisan and experimental perfumery. Submissions closed on December 19.
The Smelly Vials Perfume Club is our invitation-only membership program for experienced participants in the IAO community.
Come experiment with making perfume at The Institute for Art and Olfaction’s weekly public open sessions.
Join IAO perfumer-in-residence Ashley Eden Kessler as she leads us through the structure of accords in her monthly, hands-on accord-building classes.
The Elements of Nature series is a series of classes presented by Daniel Krasofski, demystifying the aesthetic and therapeutic usage of aromatic materials.