Making Scents: Perfume’s Historical Context with Margaux Hofstedt

Making Scents: Perfume’s Historical Context with Margaux Hofstedt


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Cleopatra's perfume was so legendary that Marc Antony could supposedly smell the queen from miles away before her ships even arrived on the shores of his kingdom. At one time or another, we have all done a double-take as we caught a whiff of an intriguing scent. The power of scent has captivated the human psyche for centuries. Join us for a three-part exploration of the history, science, and process of perfume making. 

In the first of this three-part series, we will explore the ancient origins of perfumery as a means of seduction. From Rome to Egypt to the Americas, we will explore the cross-cultural developments that now support a multi-billion dollar industry. 

Led by Professor Margaux Hofstedt, an industry expert and insider, we will set the stage for the following seminars in this series –– where we explore the science of the creation and craft our own personal scent. 

This conversation is part of a series. Each seminar can be joined independently and in any order.

The daughter of a French perfumer from the city of Grasse, the world's capital of fragrances, Professor Margaux Hofstedt forever associates scents with childhood memories: of her dad's scented fingers; of the fields of roses, jasmine, and tuberose surrounding her family home; of mysterious smells, like sandalwood, and patchouli, brought back from exotic countries. After graduating from the prestigious Higher Institute of Fragrances and Flavors ISIPCA in Versailles, an institution founded by renowned perfumer Jean-Jacques Guerlain, she dedicated her professional life to teaching and lecturing, sharing her passion with various audiences worldwide. She also created perfume-making workshops not only at The House of Fragonard but also at the European University of Flavors and Fragrances in Provence, opening the doors of a sensory journey for anyone interested in understanding the creation process. In addition, she is professor of Food Studies at the Institute for American Universities and the American College of the Mediterranean in Aix-en-Provence, France. Prof Hofstedt is bilingual in French and in English.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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interesting topic , glad to listen to an "expert" immersed in the topic. speaker dragged and rambled a bit through the initial segment ( first 30 mins.) of talk so she had to speed up and rush through the last 45 minutes. probably could have timed this better so our questions could have been answered.

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interesting topic , glad to listen to an "expert" immersed in the topic. speaker dragged and rambled a bit through the initial segment ( first 30 mins.) of talk so she had to speed up and rush through the last 45 minutes. probably could have timed this better so our questions could have been answered.