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  1. Spirit of Switzerland

    I am desperatly trying to find and buy Michel Jordi's perfume for women called "Spirit of Switzeland." Does anyone know where I can find this online??? THANKS for any help!!!
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  2. Davana

    Today I'm simmering some davana EO in the living room, on my little tealight oil burner. I float a few drops of the EO or absolute in water, then light the tea light underneath, and wait for the magic.
    Davana is a hard one for me to use in perfumes, it's so very pungent and sour. Yet on its own, like this, the fruity, jammy aspects emerge. It's very pleasant. Reminds me quite a lot of tamarindo, one of my favorite beverages. Hard to find tamarindo here in Germany!
    Davana's most famous ...
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  3. Picture How We Smell



    This picture combines my own experiences trying to identify smells with things I’ve read about neural networks, scent receptors and the brain. I offer it because I find it helpful to think about the whole process and not just the outcomes. Knowing how the process works can help improve the outcomes.

    Before I explain, I must offer a few caveats. I’m not a doctor, a neurologist, a physiologist, ...
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  4. Hanatsubaki 2008 by Shiseido

    Hanatsubaki, the very first perfume from Shiseido, came out in 1917.
    Before reading words about Hanatsubaki on various sites, I always thought that Zen is Shiseido's first perfume, but actually, Zen is the first perfume that Shiseido sold towards western market.
    At Shiseido's website, there's original Hanatsubaki's picture, you can read it here

    I got a Hanatsubaki replica today, from an online bid. It's called "2008 Hanatsubaki", 25ml in EdP. The seller said, ...
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  5. Do We All Smell the Same?

    A frequent topic on Basenotes is, “What’s a perfume that smells like X?” And every such thread that I’ve followed has some people saying,” Y’s got it!” and others saying, “I don’t smell that in Y at all.” So I’ve wondered, do we all have the same receptors in our noses? Are our brains all wired the same way? If we all do smell the same, why are our reactions so different?

    Tania Sanchez, in Perfumes The Guide, says there are, “biological anomalies,” but, “For the most part, the ...
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