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  1. 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
  2. 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,
  3. 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
  4. Mini Review: Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Verbena

    by , 28th September 2008 at 02:54 PM (De Fragrante Delectatio)
    It smells like lime and coconut. Very tropical, very summery, very pleasant. The obvious comparator is Creed Virgin Island Water, which is a nearly identical scent but several times more expensive. Though I didn't test them side-by-side, CLV seemed actually to have better longevity than VIW, and there was no apparent, striking difference in the quality of the two scents. I'm very happy that B&BW has opened up shop at White Oaks Mall here in London, because otherwise I don't know when I'd have ...

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

  5. Don't go changing, Plus Que Jamais...

    by , 25th September 2008 at 07:37 PM (De Fragrante Delectatio)
    You may remember me reviewing Guerlain's Plus Que Jamais about two months ago, and raving about its beauty. I was basing my review off a sample I obtained at the Guerlain boutique in Montreal, and to me it really was the embodiment of the best of what Guerlain had to offer - Guerlain, more than ever. But now that I've managed to get a 5ml decant on MUA, something is different. I now see what the authors of the Guide meant when they said it reminded them of Jardins de Bagatelle; this batch of Plus ...

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


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