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  1. Some Vocabularies of Smell

    Chapter 1 of Avery Gilbert’s What the Nose Knows provides a brief history of smell classification systems. Careful examination, especially by psychologists, has found problems with all of them. But still we all try to describe what we smell. Without words, fragrance reviews would be much simpler. I can imagine 1 to 5 smiley faces for how much I like a fragrance or a similar range for frowns. It would certainly save room. But I’m trying to train myself to recognize and appreciate more smells. ...
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  2. Elf's Compendium of Notes 3- Auranone

    Full disclosure: I am one of those 40%-ers that are anosmic to many synthetic musks. This can be quite limiting in the lab! Auranone solved this problem for me (along with a few others) so I thought I'd blog about a few of them.

    Auranone is a musk base by Firmenich. It's become my favorite white musk basenote. Here are the notes about it from the Perfumer's Apprentice's website:

    Strong yet delicate musk blend with fine floral notes.
    Auranone is a subtle assemblage ...
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  3. Not dead. Not, in fact, deceased.

    I’m alive, and in fact have been writing all this time, albeit in smaller, 140-character chunks on my Twitter account. So what happened after that fateful evening of March 15th? Well, an hour or two after writing that, I sent a message to a member on Basenotes named exquisitely_me, and the message said…

    “What’s new with you?

    The conversation’s been going on for over two months since then, and I’ve discovered some new things, namely that I love this girl ...
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  4. New Around here

    Never seen a forum like this! There is so much to read about perfumes! That's like a treat!

    I have a strong affinity for perfumes, can't live without them. I recently went to a Marcus Evans organized conference, and I was greeted with the smell of luxury, though the mixing really did not make it good!

    I'm getting to know the forum better. I like the look of things here.

    But I am not really confident if I would really find someone to talk with! I ...
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  5. Elf's Compendium of Notes 2 - Choya Nakh

    Today's note is a new one I've been experimenting with. It's also known as one of the big stinkies. Choya Nakh. It's made in India by roasting seashells (that's right, from the beach) in a clay vessel that's designed with a top lid and a gooseneck on the side. Choyas have been made for many thousands of years, probably before the age of metals. There are several varieties, all dark, mysterious, and smoky as Hades. A long roasting session in the clay pot yields drops of choya on the gooseneck side, ...
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