Perfume & Poetry
Dec
1
6:00 pm18:00

Perfume & Poetry

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Several months ago longtime customer and fellow perfume enthusiast Patrick Rogers pitched an interesting idea. He was in the process of applying to the MFA program at Portland State University and found out that he was just two credits shy of completing his undergraduate degree. His solution was truly inspired: he organized a poetry workshop that would be based entirely around writing poetry about perfumes. That catch was that neither he nor any of the other participants would know anything about the fragrances about which they were writing.

This sort of blind sampling has become quite popular in recent years. The most notable example of this smelling exercise is Chandler Burr's Untitled Series—an ongoing collaboration between Burr and LuckyScent wherein customers are able to purchase decants of commercially-available fragrances in unlabeled bottles. The idea behind these exercises is that our impressions of fragrances are colored by the designer, the bottle, the packaging, the name of the scent and how it is marketed. By stripping away all of these external influences, one can truly focus on what really matters: the way that the fragrance smells.

In keeping with this tradition, we provided Patrick with a series of unlabeled sample vials. Each week, Patrick would give us a prompt and we would curate a selection of fragrances. Each vial was labeled with a number which corresponded to a key in a sealed envelope. Patrick would then take the samples to his writing workshop and distribute them amongst the group. The resulting poems are honest and raw depictions of olfactory art. Stripped away from the noise of marketing and packaging, the results are fascinating and oftentimes surprising.

Join us for an evening of Perfume & Poetry on December 1st as Patrick and all of the members of his poetry workshop share the fruits of their labor at Fumerie Parfumerie's boutique on SE Division Street. As each poem is read, we will pass around the fragrances that served as inspiration. In keeping with the nature of the project, the names of the fragrances will be revealed after the poems are read and the audience has a chance to weigh in with their own thoughts about each composition.

If you are interested in attending this event, please sign up below. Refreshments will be available at the event. Space is limited so sign up today!

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An Evening with Andy Tauer
Nov
18
6:00 pm18:00

An Evening with Andy Tauer

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We are incredibly thrilled and honored to welcome Andy Tauer to Fumerie Parfumerie. A chemist by trade, Tauer's perfumery career began serendipitously with a trip to Africa and a copy of Mandy Aftel's Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume. With no prior experience creating perfumes, Tauer began experimenting with raw materials, teaching himself as he went. To this day he is 100% self-taught—a remarkable feat in an industry dominated by professionally-trained perfumers.

Tauer Perfumes began as a one-man operation as Andy Tauer continued working part time as a chemist. His creations soon garnered him a cult following, eventually catching the attention of perfume critics Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez who reviewed Tauer's L'Air du Désert Marocian in Perfumes The A-Z Guide, awarding the fragrance the maximum five stars and praising his use of high-quality materials. Sanchez's review transformed Tauer from a cult perfumer into an icon. He has since become one of the most recognizable personalities in niche and independent perfumery.

Tauer will be stopping by Fumerie on November 18 and will be discussing his newest release Au Cœur du Désert, his creative process and much more. After speaking with Andy we have decided to re-open this event. Please note that we are expecting at least fifty attendees and the event will necessarily spill out onto the sidewalk. Please keep an eye on the weather reports and plan to dress accordingly. If you have already signed up or added your name to the waiting list, you should have received an email alerting you that everyone is invited to attend. If you have already submitted your reservation, there is no need to sign up again.

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Charcoal by Andy Tauer

Charcoal by Andy Tauer

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Profumum Roma Trunk Show
Oct
26
6:00 pm18:00

Profumum Roma Trunk Show

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Join us for an evening of fun and exploration as we delve into the world of Profumum Roma. Profumum Roma was founded in 1996 out of a genuine passion and love for fragrance. The house's concept is straightforward and simple: to produce fragrances that inspire emotional reactions. Each perfume in their collection is designed to transport the wearer to a particular place and time. Each fragrance is inspired by a memory or an experience. These moments are painstakingly translated into evocative, lush compositions that aim to share these disparate moments of beauty with Profumum Roma patrons.

We will be guided through each of the house's 34 fragrances by Profumum Roma co-owner and co-founder Luciano Durante and Fabrizio Cipriani, a longtime member of Profumum Roma's team. This is a rare opportunity to explore all of Porfumum Roma's offerings in one place and to learn about the inspiration behind the compositions. Signore Durante and Signore Cipriani are both intimately acquainted with each and every Profumum Roma fragrance and possesses a wealth of knowledge and information. In addition to Signore Cipriani's presentation, attendees will be able to sample the entire Profumum Roma line. Space is limited so sign up today to reserve your spot!

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Our Second Fragrance Swap
Sep
20
6:00 pm18:00

Our Second Fragrance Swap

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As you all know, we hosted our first fragrance swap back in May and it was an overwhelming success. The event also served as an opportunity for us to figure out what worked and what did not and we have all of you to thank for that. This time around we have a much better idea of how the event will be structured and what to expect.

Tracy and I sat down the other day and mapped out the remainder of 2016 and we decided that, given some of the other events we are planning and with the holiday season right around the corner, September would be the best time to host the final fragrance swap of the year.

Please read on for more details regarding the event. We have made a few changes based on your feedback and we think it will help the event to run more smoothly. The signup form is right below the event guidelines.

EVENT GUIDELINES

First and foremost, this is a functionally independent event hosted by Fumerie Parfumerie. The event will be taking place at Fumerie Parfumerie's boutique on SE Division Street and moderated by Tracy Tsefalas and André Gooren. One of our goals is to serve as a meeting place for fragrance enthusiasts and the boutique will be functioning as a venue for this event to that end.  

Participants must sign up below in order to attend. This time each participant will have a designated space either on the counter or on one of our display tables. Each space will be clearly marked and delineated. Spaces on the counter measure 12" wide × 18" deep and can accommodate up to about twenty fragrances. We will also have a table set up with larger spaces measuring 20" wide × 25" deep for participants who wish to bring more fragrances. There are currently seventeen spaces available. When signing up, along with your name and email address, please indicate if you will require one of the larger spaces. Please note that there are only three of these larger spaces available and spaces will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. If you can provide a list of the items you plan to bring or even an estimate as to the number of items we should expect from you, it would be helpful. Due to the nature of the event, if you find out that you will be unable to attend after registering, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly.

After we receive your registration we will assign you a space. On the night of the event, participants will bring their fragrances to Fumerie and set their fragrances out in the space bearing their last name. After everyone is set up, participants will be able to explore all of the fragrances. We will then reconvene and begin swapping.

In order for a swap to occur, both parties must consent to the trade. You are under no obligation to agree to a swap by virtue of your attendance at this event. If nothing at the event interests you, you are free to leave without swapping. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us.

Sorry. Spaces for this event are no longer available.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By attending this event you agree to the following terms and conditions:

  1. All fragrance swaps are final.
     
  2. Participants agree to receive periodic newsletters from Fumerie Parfumerie regarding new products, in-store events, and fragrance-related news. You may opt out any time by clicking the unsubscribe button at the bottom of any one of our newsletters. We value your privacy and promise not to share or sell your personal information.
     
  3. Fumerie Parfumerie is not liable for the loss or damage of any of the items featured at the swap nor is Fumerie Parfumerie liable or responsible for any defective or damaged fragrances that participants may receive. It is the sole responsibility of participants to determine the quality, authenticity and provenance of items before agreeing to any trade. Any issues that may arise must be dealt with between participants. All items featured at this swap are the property of the individuals in attendance. An item's presence at the event does not constitute a relationship with the manufacturer of said item nor does it function as an endorsement of said item by Fumerie and/or Fumerie staff.
     
  4. Fumerie Parfumerie is not liable for the condition or authenticity of any items featured at this swap. That being said, we will do our best to ensure that all items featured at this swap are authentic and in good condition as determined by Fumerie Parfumerie staff (Tracy Tsefalas and André Gooren). As such, we reserve the right to refuse the inclusion of any fragrance on the following grounds:
  • Counterfeit items and "copycat perfumes" will not be allowed.
  • Items that have been unequivocally damaged beyond recognition will be barred from this event. We realize that vintage fragrances can "go off" and aging is normal. Each fragrance will be evaluated on its own terms by André Gooren and/or Tracy Tsefalas. Fragrances that have been damaged by light and/or heat due to improper care will not be permitted at this event.
  • Custom made fragrances will not be permitted at this event. Exceptions will be made for bespoke fragrances created by established houses (e.g. Guerlain) or trained perfumers (e.g. Francis Kurkdjian) at the discretion of Fumerie staff.
  • Only commercially-produced fragrances will be permitted. This includes niche, artisanal and independent fragrances. Our aim is not to be exclusive but rather to ensure that all items are of a certain quality. If you have any questions or are unsure if your fragrance meets these requirements, please email us at info@fumerie.com.
  • Fragrances must be presented in their original bottles. Decants will not be permitted.
Imaginary Authors Fragrance Release Party
Aug
11
6:00 pm18:00

Imaginary Authors Fragrance Release Party

  • Fumerie Parfumerie

Join us as we celebrate the much-anticipated launch of Slow Explosions, the latest release from Portland-based niche brand Imaginary Authors. Slow Explosions is constructed around the natural harmony of rose and saffron, yet unlike anything we have ever experienced. We will be joined by special guest Josh Meyer, the Portland-based perfumer behind Imaginary Authors. More details will be posted soon.

The event will take place at Fumerie Parfumerie's retail boutique on SE Division Street on Thursday, August 11 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Refreshments will be available. The event is free but space is limited, so please sign up below if you wish to attend. Spaces for the event are first come, first served. You will receive an on-screen confirmation alerting you that your reservation has been received. You will also receive a reminder email from Fumerie on the day of the event.

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Notes No. 2: Exploring Perfumery's Raw Materials
Jul
19
6:00 pm18:00

Notes No. 2: Exploring Perfumery's Raw Materials

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The creation of fragrances has always been shrouded in mystery. Over the years, fantastic stories have been painted of rare ingredients and precious essences, painstakingly gathered by hand and expertly transformed into oils in large copper stills. This romantic view of the perfume industry reflects a world that has long since disappeared and yet perfume houses perpetuate this idyllic worldview leading to an increasing disconnect between customer expectations and reality.

Frankincense Image: marissahyatt.com

Frankincense
Image: marissahyatt.com

The truth is that the fragrance industry is a massive, complex and global machine. The birth of modern perfumery dates back to the late 1800s, the direct result of the isolation and discovery of aromatic materials that we refer to as synthetics. In fact, nearly every major development in fragrance can be traced back to the discovery of a new aroma molecule. These synthetics provided structure and shape (the bones) while naturals were used to provide depth and life to a scent (the flesh). The importance of these components has been understood by perfumers for over a century with Ernest Beaux, one of the greatest perfumers and the creator of Chanel's Nº 5 and Cuir de Russie, remarking that, "The future of perfumery is in the hands of chemists."

Join us as we peel back the curtain and take a peek behind the scenes. In the second event in our NOTES series, we will continue to examine the raw materials used in perfumery. This event will take place Tuesday, July 19 at 6:00 pm and focus on resins and balsams. Local perfume enthusiast Nicole Amzallag-Divine will join us again as our guide through the history and applications of these ancient resins. Participants will have a chance to try these aroma molecules in their isolated form and to sample compositions that make use of these materials.

To sign up for this event, please fill out the form below. Space is limited and we expect this event to fill up quickly. We look forward to seeing you there!

We're sorry but this event is full. We will be posting more events soon.

Header Image: Tolu balsam via incense-shop.net

NOTES: Exploring Perfumery's Raw Materials
Jun
21
6:00 pm18:00

NOTES: Exploring Perfumery's Raw Materials

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Join us as we peel back the curtain and take a peek behind the scenes. Fumerie Parfumerie is launching a new series called NOTES, in which we examine the raw materials used in perfumery. This will be an ongoing series with a small selection of raw materials featured at each event.

Fragrance Swap
May
31
7:00 pm19:00

Fragrance Swap

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Months ago when Tracy and I were brainstorming event ideas, we started discussing the possibility of hosting a fragrance swap. Over the past few months we have tested the waters so to speak and the interest seems to be there so at the end of this month we will be hosting our first fragrance swap.

Exploring the House: Lubin
May
12
6:00 pm18:00

Exploring the House: Lubin

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Join Fumerie Parfumerie's resident parfumier André Gooren for a scent-by-scent exploration of the house of Lubin. André will be discussing each of the thirteen Lubin fragrances featured at Fumerie in detail, focusing on the inspiration behind each fragrance and the materials used in their composition.

The event will take place Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm. Refreshments will be available and all attendees will receive a complimentary sample pack, courtesy of Lubin. Space is limited so sign up today!

We're sorry, this event has reached capacity and we are no longer accepting signups.

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