The Great Stink of London

What happens when a city of 3 million inhabitants has a sewer system that serves 1 million? The Great Stink! But can stench alone kill?

In Memoriam, Farewell to Jon

On June 25th, Jon Underwood, one of the founders of Death Cafe, and an evangelist for frank discussions about death, passed due to acute promyelocytic leukaemia. He was 44 years old. I met Jon in 2016 at a talk I was giving in London. He was warm, kind, and supportive. We had a nice chat…

The Body as Art: The Jewelled Saint (Scent the Scene)

In this series, we examine aspects of death and bereavement through art, olfaction, and imaginative thinking. Feel free to follow along at home and leave your take on this scented death meditation below.  This Week’s Muse This month we are going to be examining human remains used in artistic pieces. Some of these works serve…

In Memoriam, Farewell to Fabienne

Perfumers seem to endure forever. It is one of those professions where you just keep going for decades. Even after you’re gone, as long as the bottles keep coming, to the customer, it is like you never left. However, once one of us does leave, especially in the fiercely competitive but passionately connected world of…