MOVING TO MARS | London Design Museum | Oct 2019 - Feb 2020

Olfactory Art of Mars + Earth was diffused into the Exhibit Space

I received a brief to create the scent of Mars in the spring of 2019. As no human has set foot on that planet, I could not visit or ask anyone. I began extensive study or rather went down the red planet rabbit hole for months finding out what molecular compositions, temperature and gasses are said to be found on the planet. With that all that research, plus my vast reservoir of imagination, I began the process of finding and purchasing the molecules that would enable me to start the first of many trials and many vials! 

MARS is an Ankermade creation, formulated after studying the molecular compositions said to be found on the planet Mars. Notes includes a sharp gassy sulphury top note, created with amongst others a touch of garlic essential oil! Then the dusty and dry mid notes with a hint of sweetness and continuing with burned and smokey notes with subtle traces of gun powder.

EARTH is a Ankermade scent reminiscent of our home planet. This creation is a reformulation of my Pure Rain fragrance with a few notes added. For this   Olfactory experience, I included the original molecule Petrichor, a scent unique to Earth and the scent you smell when rain falls on very dry soil. I found that every person who smelled Pure Rain had a memory of experiencing Earths nature and the freshness and lushness of our planet.


Video Credit Mars City Design

Purchase Scents at London Museum Gift Shop

A few Scents from the Earth Memory Series was sold at the Museum Gift Shop and online.

Stargazing Bonfire, Desert Rain, Fresh Cut Grass (see descriptions below) and “Major Tom Spacesuit” a very dark + smokey scent with notes of Lavender, Sage, Aldehydes, Choya Ral, Birch Tar, Sandalwood and Oakmoss.

Post-spacewalk, Tom’s suit wears the elements of exploration, the capsule is filled with the metallic presence of dark void space.

Olfactory Art | NASA JPS Houston | May 2019

Earth Memories Fragrances

For the SPACE MOON MARS exhibit at JSP Houston, the space was diffused with the Earth Memories Scent series. 

I created 6 bespoke scents for Mars City Design. Each an earthly fragrance intended to remind us of our beautiful planet Earth. For the travelers on the long trip in the spaceship to other planets, one whiff of these scents will transported you back right back to the smell of fresh cut grass on  a quiet Sunday morning  or to the barn of a horse farmer out in the countryside etc..

These 6 unique nature inspired scents will provide and escape back to earth on both the long journey in space and on the planet Mars.  

Desert Rain Wet earth with hints of dewy water lilies, violet leaves sprouting, finally the rain releases the soil’s subtle secrets..

Winter Forest Subzero morning at dawn, siberian snow covered forest shivers with chill into the frozen sunrise..

Horse Barn Sitting on a dusty hay bale, sharing the late afternoon warmth of horses and tack as the dust settles between the stalls..

Stargazing Bonfire Midnight by the clearing, warmed by the stone-ringed fire burning sweet pine and crackles of magic as the stars dance..

Beach Breeze Wet white sand beneath your feet, fresh clean breezes bring tales of salt, sails and distant seagull songs..

Fresh Cut Grass Sharp bitter and Intensely green freshly-mowed grass with a moist hint of a fruity breeze buzzing in the distance..

NASA Johnson Space Center

Exhibit Scent exploration

Scent Events | Herman Miller | Los Angeles CA

Photo Chacha Sikes

At an Ankermade scent events, I encourage guest to smell and write down what memories come up for them. It is always fascinating and it creates an interesting dialog and connection!

The relationship between scent and memory is very strong. People’s abilities to recognize different scents  are often more than the scent itself and their ability to remember information associated with that scent. This demonstrates how scents has congruity to influence perceptions of scent-evoked memory and how these little experiences may be able to influence and benefit our wellbeing and have the potential to increase positive emotions and decrease negative moods.