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olfactive 

anthropology

Researcher profile

In the ever-expanding world of fast reviews and first impressions, I'm a slow writer.

I research, test, contextualize, and speak about olfaction in cross-disciplinary materials that are free, ad-free, and almost entirely self-supported. 

 

My goal is:

- to document the social role of smell and its evolution across time, geographies, and vertical disciplines 

- to support perfumery-as-art through mass education

- and to improve on the politics of scent through supporting better industry practices, more journalistic transparency, and a new Perfumery Code of Ethics to guide us all.

Areas of 
activity

MARKET MAKING

Big Data + Qualitative research

Designed and periodically distribute a qualitative research form to collect information from perfumers and brands. Results are compiled and integrated with intelligence from the Big Data field; the cross-disciplinary insights are currently used for: 

  • anthropological studies (next to be published spring of 2023)

  • in-depth journalistic investigations (perfumer profilings)

  • go-to-market services for new brands (concept exploratory work, go-to-market)

  • expert contributions to external platforms (interviews given on state of the market, online consumer behavior, and perfumery-related mindspace issues

STARTUP & CONSULTING WORK

New projects

  • largest location-enabled resource aggregator in the world. In development

  • GTM strategy consulting &. concept writing for new fragrance house

  • new lecture series on history of scent in collaboration with Oakland museum 

  • pilot curriculum to introduce smell in a classroom setting. In development

En | CONTENT

A Nose Knows

Small, dedicated, mostly-expert community of about 9000. 

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Ro | CONTENT & COMMUNITY

Nas de Nas

Created, and maintain, the largest Romanian-language fragcomm in the world (15,000 and growing). Main educational content creator, through:

Accolades

Feb 2021 & June 2022

Esxence

- Panelist on Promoting Artisan Fragrance in a Digital World

- Panelist on Tools of the Trade presentation, alongside Michael Edwards et alii. Content repurposed in 1-1 interview, to be found here

 

Mar 2020 & 2021

The Perfumed Plume Awards

Quadruple finalist with A Nose Knows content, in two categories:

- InstaStories (with the first ever video admitted in a photo category)

- Visualisation of Perfume Stories, Print & Digital (with 2 out of 4 total nominations, for articles written and illustrated with original art in CaFleureBon)

Nov 2019

ScentXplore

Public speaker engagement as one of top 10 fragrance influencers in the world. 

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Sep 2019

CaFleureBon

Aldehydes in perfumery (It's chemistry, baby) article becomes one of top 3 best read materials in all 10 years of CaFleureBon.  

Oct 2018- on

Nas de Nas

Romanian-language community page surpasses all other online platforms publishing Ro content focused on fragrance. Nation-wide press coverage examples: 

Giving back

GIFTING- A #passitforward approach

- every week I share one bottle of my collection with my Ro community, via Nas de Nas page

- all exploration kits I buy or receive are shared and sent for testing to the communal traveling box serving my fragcomm. 

CHARITY AUCTIONS- twice a year, I hold charity auctions with donated fragrant items (perfume, cologne, candles, oils, kits, etc.).

All money is donated to practical projects that support access to education in Eastern Europe- so far, we've accomplished the following: 

- we equipped and insured access to schooling for 8 minority kids in an underserved community outside Bucharest (auction video here)

- we updated and refilled textbook and library stock for 3 schools in the Rep. of Moldova (video results here and here)

- we provided supplies and transportation services for 7 highschoolers in need for the 2019-2020 school year (receipt for December 2019, here)

- sponsored the opening costs for the communal afterschool/therapy space in a #CasaBuna project, currently housing Ukrainian refugees in Chisinau, Rep. Moldova

If you want to contribute, we accept donations throughout the year- just get in touch. 

Skills to share

Concept writing  Creative writing    Reviews    Evaluation    Public speaking
Content strategy 
  Creative initiatives  Market research  

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