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Perfume Portrait #19 – Mark Pol

Mark Pol 50ml EDT Mark Pol 50ml EDT


Harnessing the freedom of intuition, this fragrance suggests that our ancestry has a fundamental bearing on our innate desire to create, whilst also encouraging you create with a sense of joy and explore what makes you tick.


This perfume explores the historical gravitas of fragrance oil yet isn’t afraid to have fun with it. Frankincense has a history steeped in religion, while pine was used to fight the plague in the 14th Century. Aniseed has ties to Ancient Egypt while the medicinal properties of lavender and peppermint were prescribed by the Father of Medicine himself – Hippocrates.


This fragrance was created by interpreting and investigating a response to the question ‘Why do you make art?’ If you are an artist (in the broadest sense of the word) I would love to her your response to the question too, as it will enable me to create a perfume portrait that captures the essence of your creative persona.

This perfume will be on display at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, from 2-18th March 2016. There will be a Private View on the 2nd March from 6-8pm. More details here

2 responses

  1. Michael, with all of the thought and energy you put into creating your perfumes, why are you using plastic dispensers?

    February 24, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    • A good question, and thanks for asking it. Primarily, it’s basically because I have no money. Although also, as I began this work using the plastic bottles it seemed only right to continue using them up until my first exhibition – this would mean that the shape and structure of the bottles was identical: Something I feel is important if I want to achieve a coherent exhibition.

      Now that I have finished a set of perfumes for my first exhibition, I will indeed begin looking at other bottles and means of display. As the creative process mainly entails initial dialogue with a participating artist and consideration of what oils to use, a perfume portrait can actually be replicated pretty quickly. So I may wish to re-make the perfumes again in better bottles in the future.

      February 24, 2016 at 7:18 pm

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