We had the good fortune of connecting with Jill Zachman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jill, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?

J.Pera is a Los Angeles-based creative scent studio. Our core purpose is to develop unique, small-batch products and experiences driven by compelling narratives. We capture the interest of intrepid people of all backgrounds by translating unique stories into scents tailored to bold personalities of all types. Our scents are appealing because they are unconventional and unexpected, even slightly disorienting.

Our success is based on sincerely wanting to know our customers, their stories, and the narratives they find intriguing. J.Pera is known for our inquisitive explorations of diverse geographic locations and heritages. We reflect those experiences in scents which complement our customers’ sense of discovery.

Our scent, Mole, honors the complex culinary heritage of its namesake Mexican dish. Jardin acknowledges the sun-baked architectural history of adobe dwellings of The Americas with its rich notes of florals, hay, tobacco, earth, and leather. Trek is inspired by the cross pollination of cultures that exists in California with scent accords including orange, juniper, seaweed, and resinous notes of copal sap.


Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an artist and creative, I create scents with social context and meaning. I am proud that J.Pera is donating all net proceeds from the sale of our scent, Conservation, to the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI). It is our way of promoting conservation efforts around the world and around LA neighborhoods. This is an homage to our intrepid customers’ sense of community, both local and global.


Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

Murmurs LA is a unique gallery providing an alternative model of an arts space. It houses varied environments within its gallery located in the vibrant Arts District.

At Murmurs, I would have a London Fog latte with friends in the cafe, take in the latest exhibition, and browse the retail space for unique items, including J. Pera scents.

At The Institute for Art and Olfaction (IAO) in Koreatown, I would sign up for a special evening of scent smelling and experimenting at an Open Session. The IAO has been an amazing resource for J.Pera through its expansive collection of courses. While in the area, I would investigate Bia Coffee for a flower-adorned piece of rose and lavender cake or a rose and lavender latte.

Next, I would swing over to Westwood’s Hammer Museum to visit the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts. I would ask to visit the Study Room to view the stunning print and paper art of Indian artist Zarina. This is a special treat requiring advance permission and certain conditions.


Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

Proyectos Tyronne is a conduit for BIOPOC-centric projects that promote artisans/designers/humans from marginalized LA regions. J.Pera created Mole incense and an aromatic oil roller in support of its efforts. Mole scent celebrates the heritage of this historic Mexican dish.

Javier Ramirez is an LA-based bonsai artist. His inspiration and work explore the confluence of both the Japanese and Mexican cultures in LA. J.Pera created a special edition scent called Bonsai as an homage to his work and to the culture which touches parallel shores. Bonsai gave birth to one of our newest scents, Trek.

Jennifer Roberts, Editor, Getty Magazine: J.Pera’s founder and lead scent-maker was featured in the Winter 2021 edition of the Getty Magazine. The article featured our inspiration by Getty Conservation Institute’s international projects. GCI’s work in Bagan, Southeast Asia, inspired J.Pera’s scent, Conservation.

Carlos Avila: is the Creative Director for J.Pera. He earned his MFA degree from Otis College of Art and Design where he has been teaching for several years. Carlos has brought a unique visual vision to J.Pera.

Website: jpera.com

Instagram: @j.pera_

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmOVxPF3L4o&t=8s Transformations – Art in Different Mediums

Other: https://www.getty.edu/about/whatwedo/getty_magazine/gettymag_winter2021.pdf page 9

Image Credits
Noah Bougsz

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