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Philosophy of Fragrance

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

  1. Balance and Proportion in Scent Composition

    Here's something I wrote in a recent thread discussing the fougère genre:
    A lot of perfume typing is subjective. What one expert calls a fougère, another might class as an oriental. It doesn't mean that one is wrong and the other right; it's just a question of what theme seems predominant to one nose or another. The reality is that there's a lot of hybridizing that goes on, and fougères are so popular among men's fragrances that there are many subtypes, some of which seem to tend in

    Updated 31st December 2010 at 03:07 PM by JaimeB

    Philosophy of Fragrance , The Art of Perfumery , Personal Reflections
  2. Do we always say what we mean?

    [From a post to another board:]
    Imago animi sermo est. "Speech is the mirror of the mind."

    — Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Seneca the Younger), philosopher, playwright, and tutor and advisor to the Emperor Nero.
    "Mirror" is not a literal translation, but this is the common citation form in English. "Image" doesn't seem to capture the meaning in English, because "image" in English doesn't seem to include the notion of a reflection. The idea is that

    Updated 9th September 2010 at 08:51 AM by JaimeB

    Philosophy of Fragrance , Personal Reflections
  3. Comparing Perfumes That Seem "Similar" — from a reply to a thread

    [The original poster asked whether two perfumes weren't very similar because the two fragrances had a particular dominant note in common. Here's my reply:]

    Jubilation XXV
    certainly is a good quality scent. I wouldn't say that B-Men wasn't, but frankly, when I sniffed it a long time ago, it left me so blasé that I barely recall what it smelled like.

    What I would like to suggest for making interesting comparisons is the idea that having notes in common doesn't always make
  4. A Scentophile's Education: Is There Something We Neglect?

    Advance Disclaimer: The ideas set forth in this post are my own, and do not reflect in any way on the efforts of others to educate themselves about scent! That having been said, here goes:

    When I think about my own journey into the world of scents, I realize how much time and money people must put into their obsession (use another word if you like!) with perfume.

    And then I wonder again. I think there are those who stop there, and those who don't.

    I mean,

    Updated 3rd June 2010 at 03:49 PM by JaimeB

    Philosophy of Fragrance , The Art of Perfumery , Personal Reflections
  5. My Response to a thread on " How Many Fragrances Should a Normal Man Have?"

    Confucius said, "The first order of business is the rectification of names." Or, to put it another way, the definition of terms. So what exactly do you mean by "normal"? I would prefer not to use dictionary definitions in favor of a more Socratic discussion.

    Here's my idea of "normal": A normal person is one who goes about his life taking thought for his actions and therefore proceeding along a path which does not often lead him to contemplate what
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