Perfume Pioneers: Mark Buxton

05 Jul 2017

Listen to the first in a series of podcasts dedicated to the pioneering perfumes featured in our exhibition Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent.

In this episode perfumer Mark Buxton discusses his madcap entrance to the world of perfumery. Released in 1999, his perfume CDG2 was created in response to a brief from Comme des Garçons' founder Rei Kawakubo to create the smell of a swimming pool of ink. His most acclaimed commission for the Japanese fashion house, the fragrance sought to move beyond the notion that scent should primarily focus on seduction and changed perceptions of what perfume could be just as a new century began. 

Watch the film inspired by Mark Buxton's perfume:

Mark Buxton - CDG2

When visiting Perfume we encourage you to respond to the scents and help us create a new vocabulary for describing fragrance. We're streaming the responses 24/7 live from the exhibition at, and each week the set will change to reflect one of the scents in the exhibition.

Watch the stream now to see what people have been saying: live stream

Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent runs from 21 June to 17 September.


Mark Buxton film by International Magic
Creative Direction: Adam Rodgers, Stefan Endress & Sam Robinson
Director of Photography: Chris Dodds
Editor: Benjamin Gerstein
Grade: James Thexton at The Laundry Room