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  1. A sprig of Muguet on the first of May

    Of the four pagan festivals of ancient Europe the only one that hasn't been subsumed into the Christian calendar is Beltane, May Day. Although it is now celebrated across the world as Labour Day this has nothing to do with the traditional practice of pastoralists who drove their cattle between two huge fires to sanctify them before turning them out onto their summer pastures.

    There is however, maybe unwittingly, a remnant of this pagan rite of purification still extant in France, ...
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  2. I Discussion of Cologne Made From Mostly Essential Oils vs. Synthetic Musk to Soothe The Musk Wearer

    Do we want to choose a cologne as something for smell or ask the perfumer what the ingredients are to start thinking about the awareness of what we are putting on our bodies to either satisfy our wants or for example the benefit of that maybe the cologne has an ingredient such as basil that will also benefit us in some way ?

    Or - I get so many phone calls through the years " Dear, I have a musk that I bought and the label is now rubbed off but i am calling you after the several ...
  3. What musks, woody ambers are in Alien by Mugler?

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  4. Amber toxin and the low art of negotiation

    Close Up by Annick Menardo for Olfactive Studio is no wallflower, it shouts Look at Me! in the same take no prisoners voice as Kenzo World (also 2016). But where World is pretty much just ambroxan, blackcurrant and a neutral heart of peony and jasmin sambac, Close Up is more than that, there's more to it than meets the eye.

    The opening burst of sour cherry and bitter-bland tobacco / biscuit is powered by ambroxan, incense, indole and exalting musks, and there is also a milky woody ...

    Updated 11th April 2018 at 08:13 AM by Wild Gardener

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  5. Anosmia Awareness Day

    I had a cold. So What you might think... Well, because I don't usually suffer from head colds but chest infections I wasn't prepared for what would happen when I sprayed on some of that rich woodland fantasia - Fille en Aiguilles; I couldn't smell anything. There must be something wrong with the juice I thought - and sprayed on some more. Still nothing. I was getting nervous. I'd read somewhere that even a heavy cold can do permanent damage to your sense of smell, and I started thinking about what ...

    Updated 12th March 2018 at 06:38 AM by Wild Gardener

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