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  1. Ideas about Scent Testing for Beginners and Others

    Wine tasters have a method. I admire that. It makes them look like they know what they're doing. I get the idea that after they've done it for a while, they do know what they're doing. They pour a very small amount of wine into the glass, they swirl it around in the glass. They observe the streaks of glycol running down the sides of the glass. Then they bring their nose close, they breathe in the aroma deeply. After a moment, they take a tiny bit of wine into their mouth, they hold the wine on their ...

    Updated 13th March 2010 at 10:49 PM by JaimeB

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  2. Animal Notes in Perfumery: History & Analysis, Part 2

    Continued from Part 1...

    Civet is a perfume material formerly obtained from the civet cat, various genera of which form the family Viverridae. African civet cats were the ones historically raised for the harvesting of their "musk," a material produced by both male and female civets from a gland located in the perineum, the area around the animal's anus. The animals were formerly killed to facilitate the removal of the material, but more recently, it has been obtained by scraping
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    Updated 22nd February 2010 at 02:38 PM by JaimeB

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    The Fragrance Industry , The Art of Perfumery , Perfume History
  3. Animal Notes in Perfumery: History & Analysis, Part 1

    For a very long time now, perfumers have been using animal products in finished perfumes. Of course, by far the largest number of perfume materials are either plant-based or (since the late nineteenth century) synthetic. All things considered, it seems odd that animal products were ever discovered as perfume materials, given the evident pleasant smell of flowers, resins, woods, and so on. Why did people ever go beyond those to harvest some very unlikely, and on the surface, very unpleasant animal ...

    Updated 22nd February 2010 at 02:39 PM by JaimeB

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    The Fragrance Industry , The Art of Perfumery , Perfume History
  4. My March Madness 2010 Tournament of Champions: The New Signature Scent

    by , 17th February 2010 at 11:23 PM (Cologne Chronicles)
    The history of my signature scent, the one I wear the most and what people around me associated it with ever since I started wearing cologne on a regular basis.

    1998-2001: Armani Acqua Di Gio - I hate to be the guy that says, "I was into Lady Gaga when she was still Stefani Germanotta." It kinda was that sort of thing the first 2 years I wore it in high school and 1st year of art school, I suppose. I still think it's a solid fragrance, otherwise it would have been phased ...

    Updated 18th February 2010 at 02:50 AM by Hollandaze

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  5. Songs for Valentine's Day

    Well, you are all probably aware that Sunday (yesterday as I write) was Valentine's Day, with all its accompanying foofaraw.

    Needless to say, my honey and I spent the whole weekend celebrating our love for each other in one way or another. Now, before you leave this blog, thinking that if you keep reading you will die of an overdose of sugar-coated romance, wait. There's more to this than meets the eye.

    In posting about this, I'm trying to communicate some bits of me that
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    Updated 2nd April 2010 at 05:41 AM by JaimeB

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    Personal Reflections



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