"So it’s serious news that Turin will be one of two principal lecturers at The Secret of Scent, a three-day residential course in Luberon, hosted from October 20 to 24 by Science & Vacation, a company that specialises in luxury learning with a scientific bent.
Also speaking scent will be the course’s other founder Victoria Frolova, fragrance expert and How To Spend It contributor, who will delve into perfume’s history and how it is created now, while offering a rare opportunity to sniff recherché vintage formulas."
Financial Times: Discover the secret of scent with Luca Turin
Oh, it was just awesome, in all ways! The opportunity to be in the presence of these fine, highly intelligent and generous people was one of the highlights of my year! SO glad it worked out.
Thank you so very much for hosting an interesting and organized event! I learned a great deal, met wonderful people, and enjoyed the French countryside
Perfume is more than the experience of ethereal fragrances. It is history, chemistry, exotic (and mundane) materials, physics, biology and, of course, your nose and preferences. Sergy and Katya produced a fabulous course that took participants through perfume's history, its luminaries, its challenges and its successes. We experienced perfumes almost 100 years old. We experienced novel and avant-garde perfumes. And we learned about the sense of smell, down to the biophysics level. We applied this experience and knowledge to create our own personal, wonderful fragrance base. The course also took us a short way down another scent road - wine tasting, but this is a story for another time.
Science & Vacation “The Secret of Scent” was my #1 travel experience in 2016 – and one of my top 10 ever! As a perfume lover, a perfume blog junkie and a Luca Turin science groupie, this class hit all the right notes! Location in the Luberon was gorgeous with lots of wonderful places to explore in Provence. And the parfums… OMG! Victoria was incredibly generous in sharing her vintage parfums that may be a once in a life time opportunity to smell, parfum classics like Jicky and Mitsuko and so many others! And Luca’s science lectures on how smell works and the chemistry of synthetics, esp musks, was as fascinating as you would expect from the irreverent and articulate Luca Turin! If you love parfums, are addicted to the perfume blogs and you love travel, Science & Vacation are for you!
I loved this class so much I have already reserved my spot for the 2017 class!