Immersive cocktail experience in London

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In a secret room hidden in the ever-sophisticated Berkeley hotel in London, there exists an immersive cocktailing experience like no other on the planet…

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It’s called “Out of the Blue”, and it’s something like a cross between a very fancy cocktail bar and a very advanced virtual reality project. Rest assured, it’s the first of its kind—and a substantial amount of booze is involved.

To participate, you’ll you’ll visit the website and make a reservation. The room only accommodates four people per hour, so you can imagine it’s a pretty hot ticket…

The room is a 360-degree projection environment, meaning you’ll be surrounded on all sides by screens capable of transporting you to some very nice places. Thankfully, they’ve specifically designed film, combined with molecular scents, to match a totally bespoke set of four taster-sized cocktails.

The whole experience is basically cocktail-induced synesthesia.

Enjoy your sunday! Yours, Fran

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Meet the Snoozeliner

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Business opportunities for sleep are wide and far: meet the Snoozeliner, a night bus equipped with designer beds and the latest technology, including olfactory relaxation, to promote optimal rest.

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Tired of the hustle and bustle of public transport, which is hardly conducive to catching up on lost hours of sleep? An architectural firm based close to London, has created a vehicle for people leaving the capital after a night of partying that enables them to rest during their journey home: the Snoozeliner is equipped with designer beds and the latest technology to promote optimal rest.

Sound insulation and memory foam mattresses

The result of a collaboration between architectural firm Andersson-Wood and high-tech mattress brand Simba, the Snoozeliner features 14 futuristic looking capsules that can accommodate sleep-deprived travellers. It’s impossible to miss your stop: stewards come to wake travellers when they have reached their destination.

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The night bus offers dreamy sleeping conditions: in addition to a memory foam mattress, the capsules are equipped with soundproofing insulation, opaque blinds and a soft light in amber, the most relaxing hue.

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Olfactory relaxation

Travellers can even choose from a selection of room scents according to their personal needs that have been selected by aromatherapy specialists: want a heavy restorative sleep, or perhaps you are looking to dispel the first signs of a hangover? In development for the past four months, the Snoozeliner is expected to reach eight roads in the UK, including those leading to London, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham, from Autumn 2018 onwards.

Watch the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cxo8ekBsbsg

Fancy innovation!!! Yours, Fran

The Scent: A Polysensorial dinner experience

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Symrise, a German fragrance & flavor manufacturer, invited for an aromatic dinner in Dubai to enjoy food, perfume accords and music.

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The three courses of the dinner menu included three accords: “Contrast” for the starter, “Metissage” for the main course and “Overdose” for the desert. At the end of the dinner, there was a final scent presented, especially developed for this occasion by perfumer Philippe Paparella (senior perfumer at Symrise).

For the contrast accord for instance, people were given a gourmand accord built on a contract of sweet and salty elements: cereals, roasted hazelnut, sea salt whilst eating smoked salmon panna cotta with baked artichokes, caramelized leeks and hazelnut oil.

Curious about the rest of the menu? Check it out on Fragrantica.

Yours, Fran

 

Edible Tide Pods – Sushi

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For better or for worse, a lot of people on the internet think Tide Pods look delicious. I personally love to touch them too 😉

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So I was thrilled to see that someone appears to have successfully made edible Tide Pods in sushi form!

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To be clear, this isn’t the first time the topic of edible Pods has been broached online. There’s been a hypothetical recipe floating around for a few days now. But that one — let’s be honest — seems pretty flavorless, and this new one looks a little more appetizing. It even appears to have retained that iconic Tide Pod squish.

Enjoy your weekend with a delicious start!!! Yours, Fran

Scents of Conditions – Peter de Cupere

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‘Scents of Conditions’ are a serie of three different scented smoke benches realised by Peter de Cupere in 2017.

Through a series of delicate mechanisms created by the artist, each of these three benches envelopes the unsuspecting visitor that takes a seat with the scent of a particular condition accompanied by smoke.

The first bench, made of wood, gives off the scent of unadulterated nature comprised of notes of grass, wood and flowers. This is inspired by De Cupere’s nostalgia of a time when one could easily access a far less polluted nature than what those inhabiting urban spaces typically experience nowadays.

The second bench – made from stone – exhausts fumes of industrial pollution. This bench presents a stark juxtaposition to the delicate setting of a Venetian garden, stirring an immediate reaction to an urgent matter.

The final bench is white and surrounds the unsuspecting visitor in a cloud of smell commonly associated with human bodies that have only recently lost life. The scent of death is precisely created for its emotional potency and the profound effect it has on those present.

This video shows Peter on one of the benches:

It’s amazing how productive one person can be! There are so many projects from Peter that are relevant for the smell art scene!

Yours, Fran

 

Lisbon – here we come!

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Ohhh how much I was looking forward to have a little sunny vacation in these dark winterdays!

Good food, tasty wines and the best company… What else do you need?!?

We discover Lisbon for the next days with all its beauty.

I wish you already a great new years celebration!!! Let’s go for a fantastic 2018 😉

Yours, Fran

Woman can smell Parkinson’s disease

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A British woman who can smell Parkinson’s disease has helped scientists discover 10 molecules linked to the condition which could lead to the first diagnostic test.

Joy Milne, conducting an experiment by sniffing a t-shirt to see if it’s owner has Parkinson’s disease.

It all began when Mrs Milne claimed she detected a change in the odour of her husband six years before he was diagnosed with the condition.

When researchers conducted tests with Mrs Milne they found that she was indeed able to distinguish people living with Parkinson’s from people without the condition by smelling skin swabs taken from both groups.

Scientists have now find 10 molecules that they believe Mrs Milne is sniffing 

In one case, Mrs Milne identified an individual who had Parkinson’s, but at the time had not been diagnosed yet with the condition, because the person had no symptoms.

Now scientists have identified the 10 molecules which appear in high concentration of the skin swabs from Parkinson’s patients.

Our future looks much brighter! Happy holidays for you! Yours, Fran   Ähnliches Foto

The ultimate personal fragrance – a skin smell enhancer

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After its body care range Body Hero, Glossier is now launching its first fragrance, celebrating everyone’s unique scent. On their website it says the following: “You’ll find that You makes a good first impression, and lives up to it as time goes on. Each note was chosen and balanced to allow the juice to be both long-lasting and true to how it smells at the beginning, without changing as it dries down. In other words, it’s heavy on the base notes. Mostly it smells like you: that familiar human-y note that makes up the body of what you’re smelling. Creamy, sparkling, clean, warm. That’s You.”

*please be advised that the formula comes incomplete; You are the first ingredient*

The three base notes melt in with your skin
_ambrette: comfy, warm
_ambrox: smooth, salty, animalistic
_musk: long-lasting, addictive

And a mix of top notes say “nice to meet you!” without overpowering the base…
_iris root: earthy, green, woody
_pink pepper: spice, sparkling

Interesting concept! Enjoy your week. Yours, Fran

Do your own Rum at home!

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Bramsrum is a surprising innovation of the traditional spirits bottle. The BRUM bottle speeds up the aging process of the alcohol considerably and moves it from the distillers cellars to your living room. 

Distillates, such as rum and whiskey, grow in quality by prolonged aging in oak casks. During this process, the wood gives off its flavor and the most volatile compounds evaporate through the wood, called: ‘The Angels’ Share’. It is the evaporation of this “angels’ share” which makes the beverage become softer and rounder. By replacing part of the bottle with a section of oak the BRUM bottle combines the best of both worlds: the benefits of a bottle and the aging qualities of a barrel.

Another example of the DIY trend. Indeed, we can do it ourselves! Yours, Fran

3D architectural cakes… crazy delicious!

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Not because I’m hungry… no no… just because its so beautiful to look at 😉

Dinara Kasko’s sculptural cakes are carved from sheets of chocolate. What happend is that the multilayered, three-dimensional works of artist José Margulis have been transformed into tasty treats by architect-turned-patisserie chef Dinara Kasko.

“It had to be an installation-performance where the art was created by José Margulis and then transformed by me into an edible piece of art which would be later consumed – thus disappear,”

Beautiful visuals can already make me happy!!! Hope you too! Yours, Fran