scented stories

Wouldn’t it be nice to share a story in way that people won’t forget?

WORDS have a way to fascinate us, just like images. Using words and images is the most common way to tell a story. As the audience, we listen, look, process and respond. This information stream is thoughtful, rational and..indirect, as it is processed in the analytic part of our brain (the left side).

 

When smelling however, something else happens. SCENT is a highway to our emotions,

to our hidden memories, to knowledge we have (but might have forgotten) and a means to access insights that can illuminate our thoughts, even before we think them. This is simply because, when smelling something, our brain is wired to give priority to the non-analytic part of the brain, the right side, where emotions are situated.

 

Why is this good?

If we are aware of this process, smell can evoke our deepest feelings, and this means that we are having an experience. Such experiences make a greater impression on us and memories of them last longer than interactions such as listening to a spoken presentation.  It will only take a sniff of the smell associated with the experience, for the memory to be recalled.

 

 

Therefore, a ‘scented story’ will be much easier to remember.

Moreover, when scent is combined with ART, you have a strong proposition

 in terms of telling stories and communicating ideas.

So this is what I do: I make Olfactory ART

 

The Olfactory ART that I create, is scented, fragrant or, if you like, has a smell. I make fragrant objects and scented installations. They are mostly made of porcelain, ceramics, drawings on wood and natural essential oils. The stories they tell are numerous and can vary from being educational to social, to even communicating a sales story. If you like, the story to be told can be yours; you can commission a piece which tells your personal story. Some of my objects can be used as 'guides'. They can be touched and can even incorporate sound, to provide extra sensory stimulus. These pieces can be used to activate conversations, support the visually impaired or create comfort zones.

 

For the fragrance in my ART, I use exclusively, PURE, natural ESSENTIAL oils;

no synthetic perfume ingredients are used in my ART.

This has the advantage of no scent-overdose, and no allergic reactions, as the fragrance fades naturally. The fragrances can be re-loaded into the artwork as often as you like.

I supply all the (organic) aromatic oils used in my objects.

 

Art and Scent Projects

 

upcoming

 Raw Materials, Healing environments| Castle Groeneveld | Baarn  Jan.- Apr. 2019

(MORE see also  AGENDA)

 

recent

Chrisje and the scents of nature | Natuur historisch museum | Rotterdam Aug. 2018

Artproject Pilgrimanimals | Akoesticum | Ede  June 2018

Ode to Siebold | Japan Museum | Sieboldhuis | Leiden juni 2018

 

Art, concept and  organisation

ART connects Healthcare (Heelmeesters)| KunstZaken |Stadsmueum Harderwijk 2018

ART connects Healthcare (Heelmeesters) | KunstZaken | various locations 2016-2017

ART connects Entrepreneurship (De Kunst van Het Ondernemen) | DKVHO | Raadhuis Hilversum 2014

 

Scent psychology

 

The knowledge of aromatic plants, their chemical structures, traditional use, historical backgrounds,

and use with cultural habits and rituals; all this and more forms the basis of the scent psychology with which I work.

Join me for a training a lecture or come for a professional consultation.

 I work exclusively with natural essential oils, also for my scent psychology work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose an interactive lecture or Training

 or Choose your favourite fragrance topic

Experience

natural essential oils

Natural scents

from raw materials

More then

just a scent

Evoke your senses and memories : learn while doing

Every now and then we experience a ‘Madeleine de Proust’ moment – another French expression for having a déjà-vu experience – when a certain scent reaches the nose. We are all connected to scents unconsciously. Scents attract and repel, and also help us memorize the unmemorable, like Proust’s memory of a childhood Madeleine. Enjoy your own ‘Madeleine de Proust’ moment during my trainings and lectures!

 

Fragrance Trainings: perfume making

Connecting Scents works exclusively with natural and organic fragrances: essential oils. Essential oils are fragrances that originate from plants and trees. My training courses are for everyone who is interested in working with natural ingredients, the history of perfume and the effects of natural scents.

 

Interactieve  Fragrance Lectures: History

Interactive, 'fragrant'  lectures at different levels, with using the nose a lot. Lectures can also be adapted to business events or your product presentation needs.

Language:  Dutch or English.

 

BOOK A training or Lecture

  • Perfume making

    In this workshop you learn to recognize a number of fragrances, mix them and create a personal blend. You go home with your own unique Perfume, with its own unique  characteristics.

     

    Session: 2 hours | Costs p.p. : 22,50 euro ex. btw | minimum group : 6

  • Aphrodisiac  perfumes

    In this ‘Perfumes of Love’ workshop, you’ll experience the stories behind aphrodisiac scents. You’ll gain insights into the psychological effects of these odors. At the end of this perfume session, you will go home with your own creation of a 'Petit Parfum d’amour’.

     

    Session: 2 hours | Costs p.p.: 22,50 euro  ex .btw | minimum group : 6   

  • Historical perfumes

    During this class we re-make an historical perfume. We taste and smell aromatic herbs and resins, first used by the Egyptians and Chinese people 3,000 years before Christ, we rub our hands with Roman wine, must and honey oil. When making your own historical perfume, you can choose from a number of authentic recipes from the Egyptian tombs, the French court or 18th century Cologne.

     

    Session: 3 hours | Costs: 32,50 euro ex. btw  (VAT)| minimum group : 6

  • Napoleon en Joséphine

    During this lecture, we enter the era of Napoleon and Joséphine. Guided by a number of historical objects, you’ll be taken you into a world of delicious fragrances! You will learn about aphrodisiac perfumes, and their ingredients. If desired, it is also possible to create your own 'Eau de l'Empereur' in an additional workshop.

    Price on request

  • Arabian perfumes and oriëntal scents

    During this lecture you will be taken on a journey through the world of oriental scents. Ancient perfume traditions, and the history of these scents, are highlighted through various scent samples and images. We’ll also explore three important oriental scents.

    Price on request

  • The fatal attraction  of Absint

    Learn about how Absint led to a political conspiracy, and also how it inspired famous artists like van Gogh. Dare to smell the dangers of this intriguing scent.

     

    Price on request

  • Scents of ancient Egypt

    Ancient Egypt is known as a mystical and spiritually permeated society. The invisible and intangible smell of fragrant scents that could be experienced made it into something divine. Smell experience therefore, played an important role in Egyptian society. During this lecture, not only is the religious aspect of smell in Ancient Egypt discussed, we also explore the practical use of these kinds of perfume and raw materials.

     

    Price on request

Natural scents from raw materials : Perfume of plants

The scent of plants are an everyday encounter: drinking  your morning orange juice, taking the walk in the pine forest during lunch, the cedar wood window of your house. Natural aromatic plants we find everywhere. Knowledge of aromatic plants usable for distillation en how to make natural perfumes with these, you'll find with me.

 

Classes & Botanical excursion

Connecting scents works exclusively with natural and organic fragrances: essential oil. Essential oils are fragrances that originate from plants and trees. These are for everyone who is interested in the origin of natural fragrances.

 

Interactive lecture  & Food and scent experience

Fragrant interactive lectures at different levels and various angles of approach. Lectures can also be adapted in business events or your product presentation.

Language:  Dutch or English.

BOOK A training or Lecture

  •  Distillation

    During this class, we will distill our own essential oil or hydrolate. Depending on the season, the chosen plant gives a certain oil yield. An essential oil or hydrolate is produced from the distillation. This is a unique and natural product! The whole process from plant material to essential oil and hydrolate is easy to follow. During the process you’ll learn about the many facts, wonderful applications and potency of various types of plants and their essential oils.

     

    Price on request

  • Garden of scents (children)

    Join me for a discovery with your nose! How well can you smell? How do you mix fragrances to make a perfume? During this training course, we will make a perfume or a soft, fragrant lip balm. The workshop includes an overview of the workbook the ‘Geurtuin’, written by Claudia.

     

    Price on request

  • Botanical excursion From plant to Perfume

    Experience smell, from the raw material to the final product. In this class you can see, smell and feel: an optimal scent experience that provides insights into the beautiful, intangible and volatile world of scents. From history to mystery, from botany to beauty, from the extraction of scents to the making of your own fragrant product. In this class you will experience multiple layers of the phenomenon we call smelling. This workshop starts with a walk to Pinetum Blijdenstein.

     

    The Pinetum is an historic and romantic tree garden, located in a secluded spot, where we learn about the history of the trees and experience their scents. After this, we walk back to the studio, where we will drink a cup of tea and enjoy an aromatic treat. Then we make, after the necessary instruction, our own product using various raw materials.

     

    In case of rain, the whole event takes place at the studio where we replace the visit to the Pinetum with an interactive lecture on fragrance experiences and plant materials. The remaining programme remains the same.

    Price on request

  •  Plant to Perfume

    Experience smell, from raw material to final product. During this lecture you can see, feel and of course, smell an optimised scent-experience that gives insights into the beautiful, intangible and volatile world of scents. From history to mystery, from botany to the extraction of scents, all this will be covered in the course.

     

    Price on request

  •  Odor v.s. taste

    During this interactive lecture you will have a taste of smell; you will learn about fragrant herbs which are frequently used in culinary dishes. Using various odor samples and images, we discover that these herbs, besides the fact that they taste good, also have an effect on our behaviour!

     

    Price on request

  •  Guess who's coming to dinner

    Would you like to enjoy various smells and tastes in a special setting? In collaboration with Cuisine Culinaire Hilversum co-founder, Frank van Biemen, this exclusive evening is open to ten enthusiasts of special scent and taste experiences. The setting is in our city villa on the Minister Hartsenlaan. The 'Good mood food' tastings with sensuous scents, provide a special evening, during which you will be treated to an explanation of how various scents work on our zest for life. The culinary surprise tasting sessions cover 5 taste experiences, in which different fragrance groups are discussed. This is truly an inspiration for nose and taste buds, and a great evening in which to enjoy a unique experience.

     

    The evening starts at 18.30 and lasts until about 22.00.

    Session: 3 hours | minimum group: 12 | Price on request

     

Natural scents from raw materials : Perfume of plants

The scent of plants are an everyday encounter: drinking  your morning orange juice, taking the walk in the pine forest during lunch, the cedar wood window of your house. Natural aromatic plants we find everywhere. Knowledge of aromatic plants usable for distillation en how to make natural perfumes with these, you'll find with me.

 

Fragrant training

Connecting scents works exclusively with natural and organic fragrances: essential oil. Essential oils are fragrances that originate from plants and trees. These trainings are for everyone who is interested working with natural ingredients and wants to create their own beauty product.

 

Fragrant Interactive lectures

Fragrant interactive lectures at different levels and various angles of approach such as a physical, psychological or spiritual approach.

Lectures can also be adapted to business events or your product presentation needs.

 

Language:  Dutch or English

 

BOOK A training or Lecture

  • Crème de la crème

    In this class you will be introduced to a number of hydrolates and vegetable oils that can be processed into the facial cream which we will make. The hydrolates and vegetable oils are used in addition to the essential oil, and form the basis of a pure and velvety cream, which can be specially tailored to your own skin-type. This is a wonderful  do-it-yourself class, with interesting information about the effects of scents.

     

    Session: 2 hours | Costs p.p.: 22,50 euro ex. btw | minimum group : 6

  • Lip balm making (children)

    What is more delicious than a homemade lip-balm to keep your lips sweet and soft in all weather conditions? Join this loose-lipped, blissful workshop and make your own lip-balm based on natural beeswax and essential oil. Learn about the temptations of smells and play with scent in this special workshop.

     

    For schools there is a special version of this workshop

  • The psychology of scent

    This interactive lecture explains why scents have an effect on the psyche and what their possible applications may be in practice. In addition, a number of fragrances is offered to experience the effects yourself.

     

    Price on request

  • Odor and memory

    During this interactive lecture we will experience the world of scents of the past and present. A little history of smell, lots of sniffing and plenty of remembering. Odors are inextricably linked to memories, memories of past experiences. For example, what did it smell like at your childhood home? Which scents evoke beautiful memories? This lecture invites lively exchanges of life’s special moments!

     

    Price on request

  • Scent! (special edition for the blind and visual impaired)

    Experience a lecture about, and with, smells! Fragrances can be a great way to give shape to your image. In this special version of the usual lectures, sound and tactile materials are used in addition to scent samples to help create yur inner images.

     

    Price on request

  • Memory lane (special edition for the elderly)

    This lecture is adapted to the elderly and/or people with a physical or mental limitation.

     

    During this interactive lecture we will experience the world of scents of the past and present. A little history of smell, lots of sniffing and plenty of remembering. Odors are inextricably linked to memories, memories of past experiences. For example, what did it smell like at your childhood home? Which scents evoke beautiful memories? This lecture invites lively exchanges of life’s special moments!

     

    Price on request

Claudia De Vos | Ambass'odor

 

(Claudia de vos | Geurambassadeur)

 

Master of arts,  ‘89 HKU University of the arts Utrecht

naturopathic aromatheraphy | SBA Cum laude ’06 / Jungian psychology | Odrerir  ’07)

 

my personal story

you can read HERE

 

I am a member of the artists association 'de Onafhankelijken' (Amsterdam)

 

A NEW NAME for my company: ZES ZINTUIGEN is now called

CONNECTING SCENTS

Since 2000 my company has operated with scent psychology under

the name 'Zes zintuigen' (Six senses)

I also had another ART site under my own name, Claudia De Vos.

To make it more accessible I have merged my two websites

resulting in this brand new design.

As in the last years the business has gotten a

more and more international character, I also choose a new name.

Simply because it's for a lot of you more pronounceable.

 

A Dutch version of this website is coming soon,

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you find any flaws.

AGENDA

2018 | 2019

 

DO   |   NOSE NEWS

 

Exhibiton Calendar | EVENTS

 

 ! November 1  2018 | MOVED TO spring 2019  Odorama |  Scent and religion, 4 speakers | Topic lecture Claudia De Vos: Ancient Egypt scents and rituals | Mediamatic Dijkspark, Dijksgracht 6, 1019 BS Amsterdam |Tickets:  Mediamatic

November 22  2018 |solo exhibition with workshop (Dutch) " De kunst van het mogelijke' in collaboration with prof. Alma. More info and subscription

Jan.- Apr. 2019 Raw Materials and Healing Environments| solo exhibition  with symposium (february 10, 2019)| Castle Groeneveld | Baarn

 

Also see : Recent Exhibitions  | Partners and users

 

Visit my studio in Hilversum

All our traings en lectures can be organized exclusivly for you

and your group

 

INFORmation request

News and media

Magazines | Radio | Video|Various artcles | These

 

 

YOUTUBE CHANNEL Geurambassadeur

(with HiHaHilarius & de Geurambassadeur (Dutch), all episodes and scent adventures of Sjoerd Hilarius and Claudia at NHRadio)

 

BLOGS

(Dutch) Geurambassadeur.blogspot.com

(ENG) Ambass-odor.blogspot.com

 

NEUSbrief (Dutch) Verschijnt gemiddeld elk half jaar en is gevuld met interessante weetjes over natuurlijke geuren.

 

 

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scented stories

Olfactory ART | projects

 

 

 

 

Exhibiton Calendar | EVENTS

 

 ! November 1  2018 | MOVED TO spring 2019  Odorama |  Scent and religion, 4 speakers | Topic lecture Claudia De Vos: Ancient Egypt scents and rituals | Mediamatic Dijkspark, Dijksgracht 6, 1019 BS Amsterdam |Tickets:  Mediamatic

November 22  2018 |solo exhibition with workshop (Dutch) " De kunst van het mogelijke' in collaboration with prof. Alma. More info and subscription

Jan.- Apr. 2019 Raw Materials and Healing Environments| solo exhibition  with symposium (february 10, 2019)| Castle Groeneveld | Baarn

 

Also see : Recent Exhibitions  | Partners and users

 

Visit my studio in Hilversum

All our traings en lectures can be organized exclusivly for you

and your group

 

INFORmation request

scented stories
scented stories

and subscription

Jan.- Apr. 2019 Raw Materials and Healing Environments| solo exhibition  with symposium (february 10, 2019)| Castle Groeneveld | Baarn

 

Also see : Recent Exhibitions  | Partners and users

 

Visit my studio in Hilversum

All our traings en lectures can be organized exclusivly for you

and your group

 

INFORmation request

scented stories

Exhibiton Calendar | EVENTS

 ! November 1  2018 , 1019 BS Amsterdam |

November 22  2018 |solo exhibition with workshop (Dutch) " De kunst van het mogelijke' in collaboration with prof. Alma. More info and subscription

Jan.- Apr. 2019 Raw Materials and Healing Environments| solo exhibition  with symposium (february 10, 2019)| Castle Groeneveld | Baarn

 

Also see : Recent Exhibitions  | Partners and users

 

Visit my studio in Hilversum

All our traings en lectures can be organized exclusivly for you

and your group

 

INFORmation request

scented stories