Queering Scent With Charenton Macerations
Charenton Macerations has been breaking ground for gender representation in the perfume industry, exploring queer transcendence. Perfumarie featured their Asphalt Rainbow as part of our Precious Metals curation for our February fragrance flight.
Notes From the Founder: Douglas Bender
For me, the nose is queer: I believe our sense of smell exists as a distinct outlier amongst the other human senses. As this outlier, people tend to try to understand it through the lenses of the other senses, oftentimes missing the unique qualities it alone possesses (i.e. relying on visuals and written word to describe how scent communicates emotion and spatial dimension flattening its impact). In doing so, they overgeneralize olfaction’s distinctly queer nature. Further exploration of the distinctly queer characteristics inherent in olfaction is a common thread that connects every Charenton Macerations project, starting with Christopher Street and continuing with our upcoming launches.