Scent Survey: Berry Liberman

Words by
Georgina Reid
| April 21, 2015

Founder of Small Giants, and Publisher/Editor of Dumbo Feather Magazine.

You could say that Berry Liberman is a full-time catalyst for inspiration with a dedication to making a more meaningful world. After a few years screenwriting and film-making in LA, at 25, this rose enthusiast returned to Australia with her now husband, Danny Algamor, to launch Small Giants; an organisation aimed at empowering businesses to be more socially equitable and environmentally sustainable. Nowadays, Berry still finds time to look after her three beautiful children, while publishing and editing the Melbourne-based magazine Dumbo Feather, which she took over from its founder, Kate Bezar, in 2011. Dumbo Feather tells the stories of inspiring people worldwide, aimed at making a difference and stimulating passion for possibility.

What did your childhood smell like?
Chanel number 5 (my mothers perfume).

What scents have the power to stop you in your tracks and immediately transport you to a memory/moment/feeling? 
Chanel Number 5, wisteria (grew in our garden growing up), freesias, roses, daphne, violets – all from my mother’s garden.

What does/did your grandmother/mother/father smell like?
My grandmother smelled of cooked onions, which was strangely comforting. Mum always smelled good. Dad smelled like freshly washed shirts.

What does your kitchen smell like?
Candles (Cire Trudon, – Odalisque or Abd El Kadr) or food cooking.

What does happy smell like?
My children when they are sleeping or have just woken up.

What does your favourite place in the world smell like?
Bali – smells like salt water, incense and earth.

What is your least favourite smell?
Vomit

What does love smell like?
Love smells like home. Like a thoughtfully prepared meal. Like my children and my husband. Like a garden bursting with flowers and sunshine. Love definitely, most definitely, smells like a freshly brewed pot of English breakfast tea.

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