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Smell & Tell | Explorations in Niche Perfumery: Aedes de Venustas


Thursday May 10, 2018: 6:30pm to 8:45pm


Traverwood Branch: Program Room


Aedes de Venustas opened its NYC fragrance boutique in 1995. Its entrepreneurial beginnings predate a revolution in perfumery—the unmasking of perfumers’ identities against the rise of luxury niche perfumes. Aedes de Venustas continues to be an arbiter of taste. They offer a well-curated selection of perfumes in-store and online, but their own brand of lifestyle fragrances proves that co-owners Karl Braidl and Robert Gerstner don’t follow trends—they make them.

 Braidl and Gerstner began their fragrance journey with Aedes de Venustas Signature (2012), followed by Iris Nazarena (2013), Oeillet Bengale (2014), Copal Azur (2014), Pallisandre d’Or (2015), Cierge de Lune (2016), Grenadille d’Afrique (2016) and Pelargonium (2017). Each of these perfumes contains an incense signature built around frankincense, which honors the role of incense as the first perfume in the history of aromatics.

 The Aedes de Venustas perfume collection will be experienced at this Smell & Tell event. One whiff and you’ll know why the biggest luxury brands in the world think they can smell the future of fine fragrance in every bottle of Aedes de Venustas perfume.   

Cierge de Lune flower

 The Smell & Tell series explores the art + science connection in flavors and fragrance. It is led by Michelle Krell Kydd who is a trained “nose” in perfumery and editor of the award-winning blog Glass Petal Smoke. The Smell & Tell series celebrates its sixth anniversary year at the Ann Arbor District Library and is ongoing.