In order to preserve some memories and smells that will be subject to change because of the climatic changes, one artist has created a line of perfumes that bottle up the scent of things that are being threatened by climate change. Think coasts, honey, wine, coffee, and more.
As climate change worsens, so will our collective sense of loss. Coastlines, cities, crops, and entire species will disappear. Artist Catherine Young figured she better bottle up her favorite natural smells before they disappear. She has created a perfume line that bottle up the scents of things we enjoy today, but will be diminished–or gone–soon enough.
Called The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store (T.E.M.P.S., which is French for “time”), the perfume line consists of eight scents: Coasts, Coffee, Honey, Wine, Eucalyptus, Peanuts, Ice, and Hardwood trees. All of the scents were created in partnership with Givaudan, a Swiss flavors and fragrance company with a commitment to environmental sustainability.
According to the artist, she told the company what scents she wanted and the feelings she hoped to evoke, and they did the rest.
“They gave me different forms of wine and peanuts; I had to choose which ones I wanted for the project. Smell for me is the most seductive of the senses. It’s very visceral, instantaneous. With the framework of a perfume, it is being able to juxtapose something very ordinary, like coffee or honey, with something opulent that’s a luxury,” says Young.by