Thursday night was such an incredible evening! I’m so honored to have been selected by The American Society of Perfumers to be one of the three featured perfumers to create a custom fragrance for their annual food, wine and fragrance pairing event, “An Evening of Pairings“ in New York City.
Here is an excerpt from my speech:
“I crafted an accord with cade, stemone, patchouli, and cedar. These notes can easily overpower a fragrance so I spent a good amount of time observing the interplay of these ingredients together first before decided how I would finish the fragrance. I purposely chose to forgo vanilla, since the sweet potatoes added sweetness. I also stayed away from fruity notes since the wine is full bodied and fruity as well. Most of all, I wanted the beauty of the meal to be revealed and enhanced by the scent.” – Sherri Sebastian
Little known fact about me... before I started down the career path of becoming a professional perfumer (quite some time ago) I apprenticed with a sixth-generation wine-maker in Germany.
It has been such an honor to serve as a judge for The Art and Olfaction Awards the past three years (2014-2016).
Here is an excerpt about the awards from #AOAWARDS:
The Art and Olfaction Awards celebrate creativity, innovation and excellence in global independent and artisan perfumery. We accomplish this through an annual award in three categories: Artisan Perfume, Independent Perfume and Experimental Work with Scent.
I truly love participating in fragrance collaborations that have an artistic element, so when The Institute for Art and Olfaction (IAO) invited me to be the perfumer on the The Huntington Library scent exhibition, I immediately said yes! My focus for this project was to re-imagine scents that would evoke the olfactive history of the Huntington Library gardens.
The most interesting and challenging scent to develop was ‘The Barn’, with notes of alfalfa, milk, and farm animals. I chose to develop a scent around the natural cresolic notes I detect from horses—I grew up with horses and remember this scent well from the many hours I spent brushing their coats, cleaning their shoes, and shoveling their stalls! Today this scent is trending, and I’ve worked with several clients using ‘horse’ inspired animalic notes. Horses are naturally vegetarian, so their unique scent reflects this.
This was hands down the most satisfying artistic scent collaboration I’ve been a part of. When Saskia Wilson Brown, founder of The Institute for Art and Olfaction (IAO), had the idea to recreate a scent concert from 1902, she assembled a group of artists in LA to embark on this journey. I was honored to be included in the group as the perfumer, creating six scents to take the audience through a modern day trip to Tokyo, “A Trip to Japan in Sixteen Minutes Revisited” at the Hammer Museum. Looking back on that week, I can now fully realize what a moment in time we were creating together.