Bandeira do Brasil

Bandeira do Brasil

Saturday, April 7, 2012

ARE YOU CRAZY ABOUT PERFUMS?

There is now in São Paulo a "Library of Smells" located at Rua Dr. Emílio Ribas, 110 (Perdizes).  – São Paulo (SP). There are over 500 pieces, including the one ordered by Napoleon, and, obviously, the #5 Channel. There are 20 showcases featuring ancient pieces up to nowadays, in a partnership with a fashion college and two multinationals. 
Wheelchairs are welcome, as well as visually impaired visitors, for the subcaptions are in Braille, so as to make an interaction possible with the multimidia resources. 
Right from the start visitors are told that the aromatic smells came from the burning of special kinds of wood, or sap, thus the latin origin of the word: per (through) and fumum (smoke). 
Apart from historical relics there is the story behind the manufacturing of the perfum bottles - a perfum is comprised of fragrance, the vial which holds it, and the packing.
Two objects outstand, though: a flask of Kölnisch Wasser, by perfumist Marie Farina (the first Cologne water in human history), and the collection of fragrances by Thierry Mugler, Le Parfum Coffrete, with 15 fragrances developed by Les Christophers,  inspired after the movie Perfum - Story of a Murderer, by Patrick Süskind.





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