Aaron Way, BLACKBIRD perfumer tells about his story - CITY ARTS

September 28, 2014

I smell fantastic right now. More specifically, my wrists smell fantastic, dabbed with Moto Oud from Blackbird Perfumes—made from agarwood, deep and sweet, comforting but unfamiliar, woodsy but far from green. Layered with notes of leather, burnt rubber and spice, Moto Oud smells, according to its maker, “like a broken down motorcycle in the desert.” It’s intoxicating.

Scent is a powerful memory activator. An old boyfriend’s cologne, your mother’s shampoo. But for Aaron Way, the perfumer behind the fragrances and incense currently being developed at the long-beloved, now-online-only shop Blackbird Ballard, it’s his medium as a storyteller.