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  1. Anosmia by the Elements: Air and Water

    Man without a nose (from the Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493)

    If you think back to grade school, you will almost certainly remember the question. You were studying the senses of the human body. You had just learned what you already knew - that you had 5 basic senses: vision, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. The "sixth sense" was not yet a movie. ...
  2. Long-Overdue Reviews: L'Artisan Fleur de Liane and Guerlain Homme

    by , 13th October 2008 at 08:42 PM (De Fragrante Delectatio)
    Fleur de Liane - My apologies to the kind SA at L'Artisan in Montreal who sent me a 15ml press sample of Fleur de Liane in August. I can't satisfactorily explain why it took me this long to get around to reviewing it, but here I am! In essence, FdL is a melony/aquatic/green/floral. It starts off with the melon/aquatic notes, very fresh and clear, and eventually transitions into a kind of abstracted ideal of a white floral, tinged with green. I found it quite pleasant, and I think it's a shame it ...

    Updated 21st April 2009 at 11:40 PM by kopah

    Guerlain , Reviews
  3. A Birthday Weekend with Scent Shopping

    My birthday was Thursday, October 9, but I didn't do much to celebrate it that day because I taught all day into the evening, capping the day off by giving an oral midterm exam to my evening class.

    The following day, however, my spouse and I escaped San Francisco, and drove up to Mendocino, about a 150-mile drive inland and then up the coast of California. The town is quite picturesque, with water towers behind many of the older houses and a general late-Victorian atmosphere. It was

    Updated 16th December 2008 at 06:20 AM by JaimeB

    Personal Reflections
  4. What makes a trained nose?

    Avery Gilbert put out a book not too long ago called What the Nose Knows: The Science of Scent in Everyday Life (New York, Crown Publishers: 2008. ISBN 978-1-4000-8234-6). It ranges over a variety of topics, but the one that interests me the most in this volume is the question of what makes a nose. The relevant chapters (should you want to consult the book) are 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, and 12.

    Gilbert discusses the range of olfactory sensitivity and the ability to detect individual smells,
  5. Quality of Ingredients - A Lesson Learned

    You've probably heard the line from nearly every fragrance house. You know the one how they go to some sort of extreme trouble to secure the "highest quality" of ingredients. After a while, it's easy to become skeptical. Frankly, I got to the point of thinking it was all a lie. When I heard the tired mantra of how Creed & Creed were "working hard" to get the finest of ingredients, I was rolling my eyes and laughing at the idea of Creed the Younger yachting from ...
    Opinion , Miscellaneous

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