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Making Scents Exhibition Now Open at Springs Preserve – Sniff out the History and Science of Perfume Through May 3

Making Scents Exhibition Now Open at Springs Preserve - Sniff out the History and Science of Perfume Through May 3
Go on a full sensory journey and discover fascinating tidbits about the artistry, history and science of fragrance at the Springs Preserve’s newest traveling exhibit, Making Scents: The Art and Passion of Fragrance, on display through May 3.

Blending flora, fashion and science, Making Scents showcases some of Mother Nature’s most fragrant botanicals and unveils the plants and flowers behind some of the world’s most iconic perfumes. This exquisite, interactive exhibit is designed to inspire and educate visitors about the storied history and evocative power of scent while taking them on a full sensory journey — literally!

Visitors will explore the mysterious power of the sense of smell, learn about the artistry and science behind the fragrance industry and even compose their own basic fragrance. From traditional harvest and extraction methods to chemical combinations of synthetic fragrances, Making Scents uncovers the technical processes behind fragrance creation through an immersive, multisensory experience. Art, passion and craft come together inside the exhibit’s iconic bottle display, which showcases the unique designs of more than 100 perfume bottles, some dating back to ancient the Greek and Roman eras.

By integrating horticulture, history and pop culture, Making Scents is sure to enlighten the senses and engage the minds of visitors about the fragrance industry and the living world in a fun, dynamic way. The exhibit is free for members or with general admission.

Produced by The North Carolina Arboretum Society with support from the International Perfume Bottle Association, Making Scents uses STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) teaching methods and offers hands-on demonstrations and intriguing interpretation that will leave visitors inspired about perfume and fragrance for years to come.

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