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How Perfumers Can Tell Stories Through Scents

“I believe strongly in trying to push perfume more towards the arts.”

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Episode Notes

This week, host Karen Han talks to David Seth Moltz and Kavi Moltz, founders of the perfume company D.S. & Durga. In the interview, David and Kavi explain how their interest in perfume started as a hobby and blossomed into a business. They also discuss the trial and error of creating great scents and argue that perfumery should be considered an art form on the level of writing or music composition.

After the interview, Karen and co-host Isaac Butler talk about telling stories through scents and how subjective our sense of smell is.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews.

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  • Karen Han is a former Slate staff writer. Her writing on film, TV, and culture has also appeared in the New York Times, Vulture, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic, and Vice.