- The nose knows, as does the enterprising Sue Phillips
who brought her experience and skills to a private home in Sag Harbor on Saturday, for an evening of scent, wine and food pairing.
Sue Phillips of Scenterprises Ltd.
Phillips, who founded Scenterprises Ltd., and is a former senior executive with Elizabeth Arden, Lancome
, and Tiffany's, has been developing fragrances since 1992. Having gathered both ladies and gents for a pairing of the bouquet, taste and blend of wines (both white and red) to extrapolate those ingredients derived at by both taste and smell that each guest might find pleasing enough to choose to create their own signature fragrance, a delightful afternoon was had by all.
This was an event to celebrate the senses to arrive at a pure and signature fragrance. Held in the sun filled home of Adam Cohen
overlooking Long Beach in Sag Harbor, Phillips began by reviewing just what it is an individual might find pleasing about both the taste and aroma of wines that might also be identified with a signature fragrance, offering "Smell is the one sense we cannot close off."
Phillips has developed and launched Tiffany Perfume, Tiffany For Men fragrance; "Society" by Burberry
's and Burberry's For Men; and developed the three Trish McEvoy
fragrances, among numerous other accomplishments.
Guests enjoyed a few laughs at attempting to derive their signature scent.
Guests including Barbara Wyckoff
, Linda Cornwell
, Verdep Schwarz
, Terre Simpson
, Anna Paukman
, and Lev Paukman
, enjoyed samplings of mostly French whites and reds, and were issued "aroma sticks" by Phillips to match the wine they were tasting with the smell on the stick - did the wine smell or taste like citrus, woody smell, grassy aroma, etc. With 18 "blends" as Phillips referred to them and a checklist each guest would thus be able to arrive at a scent that was the most pleasing to them.
Surrounded by artwork done by her mother, the talented Grace Phillips
, Phillips set the stage for a fun and interesting afternoon, with the added treat of visually stunning and detailed art employing the use of yet another sense.
Some guests appeared more versed in the proper wine tasting etiquette than others, i.e, hold white wine glasses by the stem only, but all were game to see what scent reflected their mood, personality and personal preferences. After smelling 18 blends each guest would then be offered an attractive atomizer to choose to hold their new precious, signature fragrance.
Some of the beautiful artwork on display by artist Grace Phillips.
Disappointed I was unable to stay to complete my own signature fragrance, it was nonetheless announced that food would be available to guests as well to further the connection between what we smell, taste, see and touch, and after listening to some very informative advice from Phillips, and overhearing the laughter and comments by a lovely group of people, it was certainly confirmed that all five senses were indeed at play on Saturday.
For more information go to www.scenterprises.com
Close-up of one of the many works by Grace Phillips.
Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.