Phantosmia Scent Kit – The Institute for Art and Olfaction
A collaboration with Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles + The Smelly Vials Perfume Club.

Drawing from Ghost Hunters of Urban LA’s extensive research into haunted Los Angeles, Phantosmia is a self-guided tour of the city’s famous and not-so-famous haunts – notable for their paranormal disturbances uniquely driven by scent.

From Peg Entwistle’s sweet gardenia perfume floating inexplicably around the Hollywood sign to the phantom smell of Rudolph Valentino’s horse lingering at the former site of Falcon’s Lair, these ghost smells are sensorial reminders of the lurid, turbulent and baroque history of this City of Angels; where dreamers come to be reborn and – just as often – die terrible, lonely, violent and often painful deaths.

For the project, we created a kit of thirteen haunted scent samples in 3ml spray vials. The kit includes a limited-edition printed guide with a map to each location, history of the space and a collection of stories related to the hauntings – all this designed by Micah Hahn at and printed on the finest newsprint LA can offer.


Kit_250x350Each kit contains:
– Thirteen ghostly scents created by The Smelly Vials Perfume Club in 3ml spray bottles (one for each stop on the self-guided tour), including Jean Harlow’s perfume, Rudolph Valentino’s Horse Stable, Miguel Leonis’ soap, and more.
– A beautiful fold-out map to the locations, complete with related stories, designed by Micah Hahn at
– A set of limited-edition buttons (for the fashionable ghost-hunter)
– Charcoal for rubbings
– Scent strips

As part of the project, guests are invited to visit each location on their own, experience the space with their haunted smells and collect a rubbing from the Phantosmia marker hidden nearby. Guests who visit all thirteen sites (and have the rubbings to prove it!) will be invited to a special blending session at the IAO, where they will be able to explore their own olfactory version of ghostly LA.



Cost: $60.00 + tax
We are not able to ship kits – they are available for pick-up only during open sessions at the IAO.