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Philosophy of Fragrance

Ideas about the theory of scent, its social and cultural ramifications.

  1. Beauty, the Ineffable, and the Self

    In considering how to talk about fragrance, I'm afraid my mind has been wading into the area of aesthetics lately, so forgive me if I do some of my thinking out loud here in my blog.

    In seeking to understand the notion of beauty, I have found myself doing some reading about the idea of the sublime. I won't bore you with the history of the philosophical development of that concept, but the history it has is a long one, from Longinus's Latin treatise On the Sublime, written probably in
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    Updated 6th April 2008 at 11:13 PM by JaimeB

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  2. Re: male perfumes psychology

    Another repost from the old blogs:

    There are men, and then there are men. Not all men think alike, thank God!

    When men think that certain scents are for men and others for women, I believe we are reflecting two things: sex role stereotypes and the power of advertising. I personally do not care for this kind of conformism, but of course, we are all free to think as we like.

    I would like to live in a world where people have some degree of independence
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  3. Connoisseurship

    Lately I've been pondering what it is that makes someone a connoisseur.

    Maybe the answer to this question is obvious, but maybe it's a little more complex than it seems at first glance.

    I suppose we can begin by saying that a connoisseur is by definition a person who knows. That's what the French word means. A fragrance connoisseur is a person who knows fragrances, right? End of discussion. Or is it?

    I think connoisseurship is different from simply knowing
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    Updated 3rd February 2008 at 01:14 AM by JaimeB

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  4. How we talk about our experience of scents

    I wish I had a better handle on an objective way to express my experience of scents.

    I can easily tell you what I like or don't like, and I can usually tell you why, if I confine myself to talking about the elements of the scent, its proportions, and the overall feeling tone I get from it.

    But then sometimes I find myself bogging down in descriptions that speak about a scent metaphorically. I say it's "classy," or "elegant," or "playful,"
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    Updated 22nd January 2008 at 06:20 AM by JaimeB

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