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  1. Found, broke, lost, found, fixed: My Saga With Shalimar Light

    Let me share a story with you. I ordered a bottle of Shalimar Light via the web. The cap is such that it twists either way to spray (or not spray). I don't think it's supposed to come off. Anyway, I noticed that it sprays in a different manner than other perfumes-in a single, jetlike stream rather than a vapor or mist (you know what I mean?). I happily used it that way for weeks until one day ... I dropped it! The cap broke off and rolled away somewhere in my bedroom.

    I ...
  2. World Without Smell?

    When I walk through a whole supermarket and don’t smell anything, anywhere, should I worry? Is the current crop of light watery fragrances the end of a pendulum swing or just one more step in the deodorization of our world? I’ve spent my work life with people who rarely if ever wore scent. Now that I’ve discovered the range and complexity of fine fragrances, I look for aromas everywhere. I’m not finding many.

    My favorite supermarket is a big one. I didn’t expect to smell anything ...
  3. Dear Acqua di Giò

    Dear Acqua di Giò

    Dear Acqua,

    I know that we haven't talked in a long time. I wasn't sure I'd ever write to you again. I probably wouldn't have written, except that I ran into somebody yesterday who says he's seeing you now. I was really happy to hear that. He seems like a really good guy. I think you deserve that. So anyway, I thought I needed ...
    Reviews , Opinion , Miscellaneous
  4. Sweet as a Baby's Bottom: Benzoin resin

    Baby's bottom? Well, you see, the smell of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder is due in large part to benzoin, an aromatic resin derived from different trees of the genus Styrax. So if and when you powder your baby's butt, you may catch a whiff of this amazing balsamic resin.

    Benzoin is often called a "powdery" note in perfumery because it really does seem to recall, with a few other perfume ingredients, the smell of powder. Among these other "powder" notes are orris

    Updated 1st July 2009 at 09:35 AM by JaimeB

    The Art of Perfumery
  5. Elf Getting Tropical, Will Return

    Hello! Thanks for checking my blog. I'm on vacation in Miami, getting tropical with a lot of gardenia, jasmine, and ylang ylang. It's fantastic! I'll be back shortly with some more notes.

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