We already know there’s a number of height-challenged men in Washington with Napoleon complexes (think Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), conservative author Jason Mattera, Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist, WaPo‘s Dana Milbank, NBC’s Michael Isikoff, Politico‘s Jake Sherman and more). And soon maybe they’ll know how to smell like him, too.
Only D.C. would attract an event where journalists and other guests get to take a whiff of the scent worn by Napoleon.
Come the fall, the International Fragrance Association North America and Christophe Laudamiel of the Academy of Perfumery and Osmothèque Conservatory will host an “interactive scent experience” presented only for the second time in the United States. The event, exclusive and limited to handpicked guests, is at a particularly fancy garden setting near Capitol Hill.
Just who is Laudamiel?
This past April, the world renown perfumer presented a collection of legendary scents in New York of famous and centuries-old scents archived by the Osmothèque in Versailles. We’re told Osmothèque is the “perfume museum and conservatory of perfumes and scents.” Several perfumers founded it in 1988 to preserve the formulas of influential perfumes that shaped trends and reconstruct the formula for perfumes that have been lost.
The joint includes the perfumes and colognes worn by Marie-Antoinette, Napoleon and other legendary perfumes such as a famous Chypre by Francois Coty.
Lucky attendees will receive perfume samples. (Shhh…I’m signing Eddie up for Napoleon’s scent.)
Note to FishbowlDC Readers: If we’ve left out any of Washington’s Napoleon complected male midgets who may be curious about his cologne, let us know at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or Betsy@mediabistro.com.)