Phantosmia – only in your dreams.


Wikipedia defines Phantosmia as follows: „Phantosmia (phantom smell), also called an olfactory hallucination or a phantom odor, is smelling an odor that is not actually there. It can occur in one nostril or both.“

Paris-based Art director Héloïse Asselin has always been fascinated by the world of olfaction and the rare condition of phantosmia particularly sparked her imagination: „I’ve always wanted to create a still life series around this theme. I had in mind a dreamlike universe with stormy skies like in some of my dreams.“ To bring this colorful vision into life, Héloïse teamed up with photographer Violaine Carrère and Johanne Simonet who form the creative duo Parallèle Zéro.

Héloïse: „If I wasn’t an art director my dream would be to be a perfumer. To me there is nothing more powerful than a scent triggering a memory, no object more beautiful than a perfume bottle.“

 

ART DIRECTION: Héloïse Asselin

PHOTOGRAPHY & SET DESIGN: Parallèle Zéro

MODELS: Tiphaine Orfao, Paul Samb



 

Phantom odors

… and olfactory hallucinations.

 

 



01. Comme des Garçons: Comme des Garçons


comme des garçons perfume bottle
 
comme des garçons perfume bottle
floral set design
 
floral set design

All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

—From A Dream within a Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

 


PERFUMER: Mark Buxton
YEAR: 1994
www.comme-des-garcons-parfum.com

 

 



02. Filippo Sorcinelli: Symphonie-Passion, Opus 1144


symphonic-passion by filippo scorcinelli


Could it be a picture in my mind
Never sure exactly what I’ll find
Only in my dreams I turn you on
Here for just a moment then you’re gone.

Illusion by Imagination

 


PERFUMER: unknown
YEAR: Symphonie-Passion: 2016, Opus 1144: 2015
www.filipposorcinelli.com

 

 



03. Stora Skuggan: Moonmilk, Mistpouffer, Fantôme de Maules


dream perfumes editorial series


Reality leaves a lot to imagination.

—John Lennon

 


PERFUMER: Tomas Hempel
YEAR: Moonmilk 2017, Mistpouffer 2019, Fantôme de Maules 2015
www.storaskuggan.com

 

 



04. Filippo Sorcinelli: But Not Today …


but not today by filippo sorcinelli
 
but not today by filippo sorcinelli
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
 
Lucy in the sky with diamonds

Picture yourself in a boat on a river
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes.

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by The Beatles

 


PERFUMER: unknown
YEAR: 2018
www.filipposorcinelli.com

 

 



05. Comme des Garçons: 2


comm des garçons perfume


I see the crystal visions
I keep my visions to myself
It’s only me who wants to wrap around your dreams
And have you any dreams you’d like to sell?

Dreams by Fleetwood Mac

 


PERFUMER: Mark Buxton
YEAR: 1999
www.comme-des-garcons-parfum.com 

 

 



06. Nasomatto: Black Afgano


nasomatto by alessandro gualtieri
 
nasomatto by alessandro gualtieri
floral still life
 
floral still life

The sweetest song is silence That I’ve ever heard
Funny how your feet
In dreams never touch the earth .

These Dreams by Heart

 


PERFUMER: Alessandro Gualtieri
YEAR: 2009
www.nasomatto.com

 



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