A Lighter Side of History: A Family’s Journey into the World of Aromatic Arts

The Salon,
Level 1
2.30pm – 3.30pm
Free with registration

In the last edition of A Lighter Side of History this year, we travel back in time with local perfume maker Johari Kazura, who shares his experiences of growing up in Kampong Gelam, above a perfume shop started by his grandfather in 1933. Learn how his grandfather travelled from South India to Kampong Gelam in the 1930s and started a trade that continued in the family for decades.

You will also experience some of the scents and ingredients involved in the making of perfume, from the old-world incense of frankincense and myrrh to local serai (lemongrass) and gelam (tea-tree) oils. Discover how perfumers create new fragrances using an art form steeped in culture and craft. 

Registration required. Please email with your name and contact number. Please provide the details of the other participants if you wish to register for more than one person.

About the Speaker

Johari Kazura is a perfume maker and entrepreneur from Singapore who runs an independent perfumery in Singapore. Having been born into a family of perfumers, Johari continued his family trade, picking up the skills by helping his father and undergoing training in the perfume capital of the world, Grasse, in southern France. He is currently pursuing his vision of establishing a traditional perfumery with a modern twist.

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