Eris Parfums' Founder Barbara Herman on the Enduring Power of Scented Seduction

Cook.bot

Common Lackey
Basenotes Plus
Jan 6, 2012
I was once reading an old thread about a Basenotes meetup that happened in New Orleans several years ago, and there were mentions of a perfume shop SA named Barbara Herman. I didn't know for sure if it was the future author of "Scent and Subversion" author until I read this article. Nice to know that someone can go from shop assistant to perfume company owner.

I can't wait to get my hands on some of that Green Spell. It sounds like they might as well have printed my name on the bottle. (I just hope they kept the narcissus to a minimum.)
 

Parfumaniac

New member
Jun 17, 2021
I was once reading an old thread about a Basenotes meetup that happened in New Orleans several years ago, and there were mentions of a perfume shop SA named Barbara Herman. I didn't know for sure if it was the future author of "Scent and Subversion" author until I read this article. Nice to know that someone can go from shop assistant to perfume company owner.

I can't wait to get my hands on some of that Green Spell. It sounds like they might as well have printed my name on the bottle. (I just hope they kept the narcissus to a minimum.)



Cook.bot, Barbara Herman here. I remember that meetup! I quit my job in San Francisco and moved to New Orleans to write "Scent and Subversion," and was lucky enough to get a job as a SA at a niche perfume store that had just opened in New Orleans. It was wonderful to write in the shop when no one was there, and then take breaks by helping people choose scents. It was an amazing time in my life in that decadent city!
 

Cook.bot

Common Lackey
Basenotes Plus
Jan 6, 2012
Cook.bot, Barbara Herman here. I remember that meetup! I quit my job in San Francisco and moved to New Orleans to write "Scent and Subversion," and was lucky enough to get a job as a SA at a niche perfume store that had just opened in New Orleans. It was wonderful to write in the shop when no one was there, and then take breaks by helping people choose scents. It was an amazing time in my life in that decadent city!

So great to know that was you! I'll bet I crossed your path there and didn't even know it. I lived there from '92 to '05, and I'm a native San Franciscan. Quite a culture shock, wasn't it? :)

PS: I adore Scent & Subversion. Have given several gift copies.
 

Varanis Ridari

The Scented Devil
Basenotes Plus
Oct 17, 2012
Super cool article Ms Seipp!

Barbara Herman has been a great reviewer and curator of vintage perfume knowledge and I've always recommended her to new people interested in learning about older perfumes in a friendly, approachable manner. It's awesome to see her take that passion and move it into creating perfumes undoubtedly made with a classic spin in mind, per her interests.
 
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Quarry

Doing the BN salute
Basenotes Plus
Aug 9, 2005
Cook.bot, Barbara Herman here. I remember that meetup! I quit my job in San Francisco and moved to New Orleans to write "Scent and Subversion," and was lucky enough to get a job as a SA at a niche perfume store that had just opened in New Orleans. It was wonderful to write in the shop when no one was there, and then take breaks by helping people choose scents. It was an amazing time in my life in that decadent city!
I love a good "small world" story.
Hi, Barbara. That meetup was one of the most memorable days of my life. I can imagine it was rewarding for you to bounce between writing and selling in that special environment.
 

Parfumaniac

New member
Jun 17, 2021
So great to know that was you! I'll bet I crossed your path there and didn't even know it. I lived there from '92 to '05, and I'm a native San Franciscan. Quite a culture shock, wasn't it? :)

PS: I adore Scent & Subversion. Have given several gift copies.

Cook.bot, They're very different cities, yes, but are both quirky! So glad you loved the book. :)
 

Parfumaniac

New member
Jun 17, 2021
Quarry - I do remember that being a fun day! It didn't feel like work. And everyone was so open to trying new things. The champagne helped! ;-)
 

jujy54

queen of the universe
Basenotes Plus
Jun 8, 2008
Hi, Barbara,

It's Juliana, the Mollie Parnis fan. Just about to get my second bottle of Night Flower, which is my go-to SOTN. Brava!
 

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