How to Maximize Your Sense of Smell (and an announcement)

Hope that all of my friends are well. I’ll start with the bad, although not at all surprising, news. The Ukrainian Scent and Taste Adventure is cancelled, or rather postponed until further notice. I’m disappointed, but the situation is what it is. The most important thing is for us to stay healthy and safe. The good news is that I’ve been exploring making videos, and I’ve decided to make a series of short 1-3 minutes films about different aspects of Ukrainian culture such as folk arts, traditions, cultural idiosyncrasies, and customs. I will, of course, cover perfumery, and my first clip, Smelling Tips, will teach you professional perfumery smelling techniques that will maximize your olfactory impressions and sharpen your sense of smell. In the next film, I will explain how to put what you’re smelling into words.

Exercising your sense of smell is not only satisfying and fun, but also important, since doctors and researchers indicate that the loss of smell and taste might be one of the first signs of the coronavirus infection, appearing long before any other symptoms. Moreover, smelling is a complex activity for our brain, so doing it consciously ensures we maximize the potential of the amazing apparatus we have on our faces. Let us not take it for granted (yes, I know, I’m preaching to the choir here.)

The films will appear on Bois de Jasmin YouTube Channel.

I’m considering other topics, such as languages and books, so if you have a specific request, please let me know.

Photography by Bois de Jasmin



  • Leslie: I’m so sorry you had to cancel the trip. The films sound wonderful, and I can’t wait to see them!! Thank you – it’s something to look forward to 😉 March 23, 2020 at 10:02am Reply

    • Sylvia Long: I’m looking forward to your films. Thank you for the encouraging, evocative, and informative posts!
      I hope this find you and your loved ones well!
      Best wishes! March 23, 2020 at 10:27am Reply

      • Victoria: Thank you! I hope that you like them. March 25, 2020 at 12:23pm Reply

    • Victoria: They’re already up in my highlights. 🙂 March 25, 2020 at 12:23pm Reply

  • Aurora: So sorry that the trip you organized with Nataliya got cancelled, but thank you for coming up with something so exciting, instead. I hope it will be very rewarding for you too. March 23, 2020 at 12:22pm Reply

    • Victoria: I’m sorry too, but there was no other way to make it. We will come up with something else instead. March 25, 2020 at 12:26pm Reply

  • Peggy: I would really love to learn more about Ukrainian embroidery and those fantastic cashmere shawls. This project sounds like an especially good idea! March 23, 2020 at 12:59pm Reply

  • Karen A: Sorry that the travel adventure has been postponed. But very happy to read about your films! Guess we are all getting a bit more creative with our communications and outreach. Hope everyone is safe and healthy. March 23, 2020 at 2:37pm Reply

    • Victoria: Exactly! As long as we remain healthy and safe, we can accomplish many other projects. March 25, 2020 at 12:27pm Reply

  • Monika: I’m looking forward to the films, all the topics sound great. I’m only worried that at 1-3 minute length they will be more like teasers 😉
    (But I guess there will be blog entries too, so not really worried).

    And once again, thanks. March 23, 2020 at 2:50pm Reply

    • Victoria: Let’s see how it goes! 🙂 March 25, 2020 at 12:27pm Reply

  • rickyrebarco: That sounds amazing, Victoria. I look forward to seeing the videos. I would love to learn more about Ukrainian painting and embroidery traditions. And of course I always love to hear anything you have to say about perfumes and improving our senses of smell. March 23, 2020 at 3:04pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you, I’ll add those topics too. March 25, 2020 at 12:27pm Reply

  • Cornelia Blimber: I am with Rickyrebarco: would like your films about Ukrainian painting.
    Also on Gogol (you had some interesting posts in the past); folklore, songs, dancing.
    And so many great performers are from Ukraine.
    Think of David Oistrakh, or Nurejew. August 2, 2021 at 9:00am Reply

    • Cornelia Blimber: And, first of all, the great visionair Malevich. August 2, 2021 at 10:25am Reply

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