ScentWorld, Bali, and a Giveaway!

We had a fantastic time at last week’s ScentWorld 2013 at the Downtown Marriott in NYC. Views of the Freedom Tower were right outside the entrance, and the world’s premier scent and sensory marketing conference was just inside on the third floor! Ambient scenting is a growing market, with many booths displaying their unique scent delivery systems. Though most consumers aren’t fully aware of the trend, many resorts, casinos, spas, and health care and retail establishments use scent to enhance the aesthetic experience.

Much research has been done in the field scent marketing, and ScentWorld was chock full of seminars led by leading scientists and academics. Some highlights were Dr. Alan Hirsch, founder and neurological director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, delivering the keynote address, “Research into Action: From Science to Market Implementation.”  Scent researcher, Dr. Maureen Morrin presented “Moving Consumer Perceptions and Behavior Through Scent-Triggered Memory: The Latest Research.Chandler Burr, director and curator, Center of Olfactory Art, Museum of Arts & Design, was the keynote speaker at the Gala Cocktail party. Sniffapalooza’s own Karen Dubin participated in the panel discussion, “Smelling, Feeling, Wanting, Learning: A Scent Lover’s Workshop.”

Perfumers Christoph Hornetz (above with Karen D) and Gary McNatton stopped by the Sniffapalooza booth to chat. On display at our table, and provided by our friends at Histoires de Parfums, was the complete Scent of Departure fragrance collection in its jaunty travel case. The perfumes, each representing a airport destination included Paris, London, Munich, Tokyo, and of course, New York City, attracted much attention and lots of visitors stopped by for a sniff!

Best of all, we saved a bottle of Bali just for you! Enter to win this tropical vacation in a bottle with its notes of bright citrus, delicate white florals, creamy vanilla, and blonde woods. Just leave a comment below and tell us your favorite winter vacation spot. One lucky winner, chosen at random, will receive their very own 50 ml bottle of Bali. Good luck!


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  • rachel

    Puerto Rico! Warm, welcoming and lots of great food

  • Denise Comeau Mirto

    I’ve been to Bali many times. I hope to experience the scent.

  • Lucasai

    We don’t have winter vacation in Poland but I would go to Bulgaria for some warmth and sun

  • Eliza De Sola Mendes

    really wonderful!! Thanks for the great post! Favorite vacation spot in winter is the Metropolitan Museum American wing, looking out at the snow while in the indoor courtyard of the American sculpture gardens…

  • fullofgrace

    A trans intercontinental trip aboard a fabulous ocean liner, with ports of call and the enjoyment of packing and unpacking once and getting home without any jet lag.

  • Meg

    Waking up on the edge of the Bali Sea at Lotus Bungalo outside Candidasa on the south coast of lovely Bali was one of the most gorgeous moments of my life (and the perfect antidote to an endless gray Michigan winter).

  • theraintan

    Berkshires in MA is a go to place for me for a winter vacay

  • Amy Orvin

    My favorite winter vacation spot is in Eutawville, SC . My aunt has a place up there. It’s country, quiet and woodsy.

  • Undina Ne Skazhu

    Las Vegas is my favorite winter vacation destination.

  • Fazal

    Always New York except in Winter during which time my preference would be some warm city in Japan…Japan has always fascinated me.

  • M’ris

    Iceland! I know, I’m weird. I like it cold and dark.

  • Cynthia

    Strangely enough, it’s Bali! We live half the year in Singapore, so Bali is always just a short flight away. I’m going next month. To me Bali is about the tuberose (or malam malam). I would be curious to see the Scent of Departure take on Bali.

  • Carlos J Powell

    Dominican Republic. Thanks for the chance.

  • c.mcdonald

    i visit my mother and grandmother in naples, florida every year. because of her Alzheimer’s my mum takes care of her for a few weeks every winter… I spend my spring break with them.

    that, or going home to cleveland :)

    fingers crossed, i’ve been intrigued by the SOD line

  • Deanna G.

    Los Angeles! :)

  • Sujaan

    Great to read all about the event.
    My favorite place for a winter vacation would be skiing at Mt. Whistler with some extra time in Vancouver.

  • Randy Lombard

    My favorite place would be Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carnival week the weather is magnificent, the samba is in every street and the beautiful women all have smiles on their faces. The flowers are beautiful and the tropical plants are plentiful.

  • marie carnes

    My favorite vacation spot is Krakow, Poland. It is magical in the winter. A beautiful place to visit always.

  • Aubrey

    Oh WoW! I’ve heard great things about the Scent of Departure series. I used to buy perfume whenever I went on a vacation, and I imagine that getting one of these to correspond with a trip would be taking that idea to the next level. Are they sold only in niche boutiques or also in airports?

  • Sean

    My favorite winter vacation spot is wherever it’s warmest! But usually the FL Keys.

  • Yile

    My fav winter vacation spot would be somewhere where its not winter! HAHAHAA :) its too cold in winter… grrgrr

  • David Ecker

    My favorite winter spot would be Orlando Florida!

  • Nikki Green

    Ireland…I know it’s odd, but it’s beautiful in the winter

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