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  1. Intimacy

    May 30

    Yesterday I wore Rose Poivree by The Different Company. The combination of rose, pepper, and slightly foul animal notes in this perfume make it irresistible to me. I could not stop smelling my wrists.

    Some of the reviews I've read of this perfume decry the animalic part of the fragrance; one compared the smell to sweaty socks. I get it. But that's exactly why the perfume is interesting. It combines that sweaty, intimate smell with rose and pepper, and the
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  2. "EROTIC WAFT"

    May 28, 2008

    Here's one of my favorite quotations about scent, taken from Giuseppe di Lampedusa's book The Leopard, translated by Archibald Colquhoun:

    "But the garden, hemmed and almost squashed between these barriers, was exhaling scents that were cloying, fleshy, and slightly putrid, like the aromatic liquids distilled form the relics of certain saints; the carnations superimposed their pungence on the formal fragrance of roses and the oily emanations of magnolias
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