If ever there were a boot camp for the olfactory-obsessed, Sniffapalooza would be it. Sniff this: A full weekend in New York (though they have events in LA, too) that kicks off with a breakfast bonanza at Bergdorf Goodman followed by stops at Henri Bendel, Takashimaya, Saks, Bond No 9, Le Labo, L’Artisan Parfumeur, Lafco NY and Aedes de Venustas. It’s non-stop beauty and fragrance for 48 consecutive hours, plus goody bags, cupcakes, lectures from masters of the perfume world, luncheons at chic restaurants and new, â€œperfume passionistaâ€ buddies made for life.
Itâ€™s hard to sum up the anxious fervor of more than a hundred people who fly to New York from everywhere from Dallas to Switzerland to share their love of scent. Wide-eyed and busy-tailed from as early as 9am on Saturday, Sniffapalooza unleashed its noses on counters all across the city, making for quite the excitingâ€”if not exhaustingâ€”marathon of fragrances. What started as a small gathering of woman who would talk and shop smell, has now turned into the all-encompassing, unrelentingly uplifting Sniffapalooza, organized by two Karensâ€”Dubin and Adams (or Little Karen and Big Karen), respectively. For a small registration fee, you too can enter the world of fragrances along with a supportive network of fellow afficionados. With a day of great food and amazing shopping finished with a fabulous makeover from an adjoining makeup counter, what more can a woman ask for? If youâ€™re lucky, a celebrity fragrance lover will show up to your event tooâ€¦
Team Karen with Actor Alan Cumming