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  1. Joyeux 14 de juillet! A Bastille Day history of French perfumes

    Once again, it is July 14, Bastille Day, and a national holiday in France. The day commemorates the end of the Ancien Régime, the French monarchy, and the beginning of the bourgeois republic with all its radical flankers through the years.

    France had republican governments interspersed with returns to a monarchical system through most of the nineteenth century. The remarkable thing about this series of alternations is that the fragrance industry kept going and going, and goes on to

    Updated 1st August 2009 at 10:16 PM by JaimeB

    The Art of Perfumery
  2. (perfu)mystery solved

    I went sniffing a few weeks ago at a Perfumania store.
    I left thinking that Bulgari Woman and Samsara were favorites. Today I received a sample of Bulgari Woman. It smelled nothing like what I smelled in the store (the former smelled spicy and like tea to my nose). The Bulgari Woman smelled fruity and floral without that tea note ... Today I also received a sample of Bulgari Red Tea. Guess what? THAT's what I smelled in the store. I'm sure. So it turns out the sales agent mistakenly named ...
  3. CVS Versus Walgreens

    Just thought I'd make a note to myself or whosoever shall bore themselves reading this-poor soul --about CVS' and Walgreens' fragrance selections. Let me get one thing straight right now: virtually all of the frags in stock at said drugstores are much much cheaper on ebay.

    I hadn't perused the perfume cabinets of any drug store since I've become seriously scent smitten. Years ago, I would skim through a few rows of frags and lose interest, not willing or able to buy anything ...
  4. A Redneck By Any Other Name

    If maintaining redneck status were as simple as listening to country stations, I suppose we would all be rednecks. And though, in a sense, we are - considering that we all have our privately provincial moments in whatever cultures we happen to belong to - there are degrees. It's one thing to spend time in the French countryside. It's another thing to live there, walk home dead drunk, and sleep it off while the dog barks and the wife yells. There are - clearly - cultural invariants which I still ...
    Reviews , Opinion , Miscellaneous
  5. Parkinson's and Fibromyalgia - Disease and Fragrance

    by , 12th July 2009 at 05:32 PM (The Fox Hunt - Diary of a Beginner)
    My mother is being consumed by Parkinson's. I take on her fragility. I wear it like a dress, each morning, while I wait for the fragrance of expensive coffee and and old pajamas to weave another day into the calendar of this collapsing summer. Fragile. Although she calls me hard. A hard woman.

    My mother has lost her sense of smell. My father, too. So now the house gathers the scents of overripe tomatoes and loose corn chips and forgotten newspapers which never seem to find ...

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