Scent Diary : The Colors of Kateryna Bilokur

The colors of Kateryna Bilokur (1900-1961). Born into a peasant family, she learned painting on her own. Her family thought that she brought shame on them by refusing to be “a normal woman”—marry and have children. The Soviet government wanted to showcase that even peasants on Soviet collective farms can do such incredible things, so Bilokur was denied education she sought and a transfer to Kyiv. In 1954, her paintings were praised by Pablo Picasso when he saw them at the international exhibition in Paris. But that praise didn’t materialize into anything significant for Bilokur. She died in poor health a few years later.

Look at these rich colors and the splendor of these flowers. Imagine a place where all flowers bloom at the same time.

Scent Diary is a place to write your observations about the scents around you. Whether you write down 1 recollection or 10 matters less than simply reminding yourself to smell. You can add as many comments as you wish. You can comment today or over the course of the week; this thread will always be open. Of course, do share what perfume you’re wearing or what particularly good scented products you’ve discovered.

While looking through my articles, I found this article that I wrote a few years ago but that still remains popular and often-read: A to Z Tips for Enjoyable, Affordable and Rewarding Perfume Hobby. If you have any tips to add, I’d love to hear them.

Photography by Bois de Jasmin



  • Marsi: I just regained my senses of smell and taste after my first positive COVID test last weekend.

    I’m excited to be able to smell the Chanel No. 5 and Buly 1803 heliotrope fragrances I bought in Tokyo last week.

    I can also taste the bergamot and molasses black tea that’s the wonderful house blend of the Park Hyatt New York City. I’m enjoying a pot this morning — though at home, not at the Park Hyatt 🙂 September 15, 2023 at 10:28am Reply

  • Aurora: Commenting from sunny Drôme Provençale, Nyons is my Poltava and this time of year nature is so bountiful. Thank you for introducing me to this artist, these flowers are so dream-like and soft. September 15, 2023 at 11:17am Reply

  • Damla: A friend gave me a sample of Annick Goutal Mon Cherie and it is THE violet-plum fragrance I’ve been looking for – tart and bitter in a balanced way, slightly smoky, mysterious and all things fall. Came at the perfect time when another acquaintance gave me 4 pounds of red plums, which were cooked into plum jam with cardamom while wearing this beauty. September 19, 2023 at 12:05am Reply

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