Smelling Singapore’s History

  • Customized scents will represent Singapore's 700-year history.

    Customized scents will represent Singapore's 700-year history.

  • Scents are developed by Prachi Garg, founder and perfumer of Je t'aime Perfumery.

    Scents are developed by Prachi Garg, founder and perfumer of Je t'aime Perfumery.

  • Prachi recalls that the 'Singapore Stone' scent was the hardest to create.

    Prachi recalls that the 'Singapore Stone' scent was the hardest to create.

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Smells have a powerful ability to evoke a specific memory. The National Museum and Je t’aime Perfumery have played with this fact to create 12 unique scents to display in Singapura: 700, an exhibition showcasing an olfactory translation of Singapore’s history. Conceived by Prachi Garg, founder of Je t’aime Perfumery and an olfactory artist, the 12 scents symbolize a different era in a 700-year period of Singapore’s history, ranging from a musky Ancient Singapore to a fruity Independent Singapore. The scents will be on display throughout National Museum from April 17 to May 18, coinciding with Singapore HeritageFest.

Don’t quite agree with Prachi’s interpretation of Singapore? She’ll give museum-goers a way to express their idea of what scents represent Singapore in a one-time Perfume Workshop held on May 2. The workshop will cover the techniques of perfume making, and Prachi herself will guide participants in creating their own unique Scent of the Nation, which they’ll take home in a 75-milliliter bottle. Tickets for this event are on sale on Sistic.

For more information, visit National Museum. 

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