L.A. Storytelling in Scent: 1960s Hollywood - Atlas Obscura

Los Angeles, California

L.A. Storytelling in Scent: 1960s Hollywood

Transport yourself back to the wild days of the Sunset Strip as you create your own custom perfume inspired by the decade of free love.

Join us for this inaugural workshop in the L.A. Storytelling in Scent series, developed for Atlas Obscura by the Institute for Art and OlfactionThis first workshop session is geared toward beginners as both an introduction to the world of perfumery and an olfactory snapshot of one of Los Angeles’ most mythical eras: late 1960s Hollywood and the Sunset Strip.

During this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of perfumery while smelling and discussing a curated selection of molecules, using our theme of 1960s Hollywood as a through line. Several group blends will be developed from aromatic materials to recreate a scent of the Sunset Strip at the end of the "free love" decade. Participants will receive a vial of this scent to take home. 

IAO Director of Operations Minetta Rogers leads this workshop and is experienced in not only the arts of olfaction, but also in cultural anthropology, architecture, and design. The IAO is a non-profit located in LA’s historic Chinatown neighborhood among galleries and design studios. It is devoted to advancing public, artistic, and experimental engagement with scent through experimental projects, laboratory education, and yearly artisan perfumery awards.


  • Please give yourself ample time to find the IAO. The workshop begins promptly at 7 p.m.
  • Chung King Road is a pedestrian-only road that runs parallel to Hill Street, between Hill St and Yale St. The IAO is at the end of the street, near the currently gated parking area for the medical center.
  • Metered street parking and paid lots are available throughout the neighborhood, including a paid lot on the north-east side of Chung King Road and a large paid lot on Bernard Street between Hill and Broadway. Do not park in the Pacific Alliance Medical Center lot.
  • The IAO is three short blocks from the Gold Line's Chinatown Metro station. Plan your Metro trip here.
  • All minors must be accompanied by an adult.


Email Carlyle Coash at carlyle.coash@atlasobscura.com.

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