Your natural essence is unique as your fingerprint. It is part of Your DNA. soi-même is Your olfactory self-portrait. It is the most pure and honest Perfume of You. We are like animals that attract each other through smell. Instead of masking yourself with a perfume soi-même amplifies and enhances Your natural essence.
HOW IT WORKS
To enable us to create Your ‘olfactory self-portrait’, we send you a toolkit with three different glass vials to collect Your biological essence. With a silver brush You will fill the glass vials with Your #sweat, #hair and #tear The kit represents the true essence of You. The kit will be sent back to our lab. In the Lab Your natural essence will be analyzed. We will find our the exact molecules that make your essence unique. The Lab will send the analysis to a perfumer. With help of the analysis the perfumer is able to create and compose Your unique essence with synthetic and natural oils.
TIME CAPSULE 7:32 AM
“I want to capture the moment of exhaustion after a climax – the sense of space that’s left when feelings settle,” says artist Katharina Dubbick, whose scent installation, TIMECAPSULE 7:32am in 2019 captured the illusive odour at the end of a long night clubbing. ‘’I wanted to be able to recreate the feeling I’d had just after a party’s completion. Smells are tied to our memory extremely strongly. Smelling the installation transports you to this particular moment that I experienced, but will also stimulate memories of your own.’
The Swedish-German artist created a scent combining the smell of humidity in the air from sweat, saliva, sex, gin and tonic, cigarette smoke, latex, smoke machine, sticky skin and cleaning products.
TIMECAPSULE 7:32am was presented as part of the Pervilion exhibition at the Silver Building, curated by Dorothy Feaver. In an abandoned brewery in London’s Canning Town -- once a destination for illegal raves -- two scent formulations were pumped through diffusers in a disused boiler room. One was identified as ‘latex’, while the other as a more ‘human’ combination of smells. The steam built up around a cluster of suspended leather body parts -- fragments of an armpit, a torso, nipples, as if glimpsed through a cloud of memory.
“I was also excited by the way visitors’ smells mingled with the installation,” Dubbick considers. “The industrial but almost flowery top note of the latex formula was pervasive -- it awakened a kind of beauty in the old industrial space.”
It wasn’t the first time that she has explored scent through art. Dubbick won the first prize in a competition in collaboration with IFF (International Flavours & Fragrances) at The Royal College of Art (where she completed her MA in knitwear in summer 2019) for her concept Soi-Meme: An Olfactory Self-Portrait, where she worked with Irish perfumer Meabh McCurtin. Together they created the first scent portrait of Katharina herself. To distil her own bodily scent, they built an archive of smell molecules that relate to body odour in order to create olfactory portraits.
“We attract each other through smells, like animals,” she says. “I wanted to enhance our natural odours. Often people mask themselves with commercial fragrances, but our own body odour is unique as our fingerprint.”