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Demistify

Charing Cross Hospital Art Collection as Perfume

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Perfume, Hospitals and Healing

The sense of smell is one of our most developed yet least understood sense and is known to be beneficial to the health of those with dementia and brain injuries.

Charing Cross hospital has specialist stroke and neuro-rehabilitation units as well as elderly care wards.

In partnership with the Imperial Health Charity, I turned the hospital art collection into perfumes. This provided an inclusive and unusual way to enjoy the amazing art collection at Charing Cross.

Demistify looks to use the sense of smell to demystify memory, showing how important smelling is to our everyday experiences.

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Since my stroke, I have not left the hospital for months. I actually loved smelling the perfume based on London dirt because I even miss the smell of pollution outside! Thank you for bringing a piece of the outside in for me.
— PATIENT ON THE NEURO REHABILITATION WARD

The Scents

  • Jo Bruton “Landing Girls” wallpaper - Vintage floral scent inspired by popular perfumes of 1950s

  • John Piper Stained Glass window - Fresh Aquatic notes with a hint of incense, evoking smells of a chapel

  • Simpson and Son’s Tiles for original Charing Cross Hospital - Apple and fruity notes, fresh cut glass, wood

  • David Mach “Visit London” - Tobacco, Leather, Rubber, Vanilla