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  1. Recent Enthusiasms

    Today I was reviewing some of my recent purchases going back over the past six months or so. Some of them were restocks of things I already had and was running low on; others have turned out to be OK, but no great shakes after a more careful evaluation. (I often find myself buying things just because they are interesting at the moment, and later ending up thinking they're fine, but don't deserve a place on the front of the shelf.)

    So I picked out seven that did stand the test of repeated
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    Updated 21st December 2009 at 03:52 PM by JaimeB (damned typos!)

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  2. Basenotes Next Year / Marketplace stuff

    We started Basenotes in 2000, and 2010 will be the year of our tenth birthday. There's a lot going to be happening, events-wise, and website-wise. I'll cover the website based stuff in this post.

    One thing I will be doing is a rewrite of the code to make it easier for members to submit information to the fragrance directory. The other big deal is upgrading the forum software to vBulletin 4. There are a few advantages to this, but also some downsides.

    * The upgrade comes ...
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  3. Picture How We Smell 2

    by , 16th December 2009 at 07:48 PM (My nose is growing)


    I posted my own version of molecules-to-nose-to-brain smell recognition in May. I based this new one on Nobel Prize work by Linda Buck and Richard Axel. I made up the first version just using what I remembered of neural nets and artificial intelligence in computers. Doctors Axel and Buck and their students worked more than 15 years to find out what really happens. Obviously, this is the one ...
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  4. In Singapore ...

    Ok .. So I've moved back to Singapore. Started a new username and starting all over again. It was tough that I had to decide to give away half my perfumes in Australia and can only struggle to bring the other half back, along with half my collection of aromachemicals.

    I miss my perfume buddy Jocelyn and I miss my access to unlimited supplies of e.oils. But being in Asia means I can get my hands on some real musk and ambergris without flouting the law.

    Yes I make perfumes, ...
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  5. Rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb

    Comme des Garcons Sherbet Series: Rhubarb to be precise.

    I caught the dregs of a tester of this at the Basenotes Lunch in August, snatched in my last few seconds in Liberty's. It was tantalisingly faint and faded within seconds, not helped by all the stronger scents that I'd be sampling. I finally ordered it last week, and here it is today.

    First off, this appealed to me in many ways before I'd even taken the cap off. The packaging is gorgeously simple. The tiny white ...

    Updated 10th December 2009 at 11:16 AM by Hebe

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