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  1. I Smell. . . Rotten Vanilla Beans

    I've dabbled in making perfumes at home, but stopped because of monetary constraints. However, earlier this spring, someone inspired me to make my own vanilla tincture. She started hers about the same time I did, about mid-March. The idea was simple. Buy beans; buy grain alcohol. Put them in a little jar. Keep in a cool dark place and turn it over a few times a week. Voila! Homemade vanilla.

    Yesterday, I took a whiff of mine, which had been stewing in Everclear for nearly ...
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  2. I Smell. . . Spanish Broom

    Last weekend, I was in the backyard weeding and trimming invasive trumpet vines, when caught a whiff of some flowery scent. It smelled like "Design" by Paul Sebastian. I thought it was most unusual, because our yard is pretty darn big, and our nearest neighbor is quite far. Who was wearing "Design" in my yard??? It was just me and the dogs. Well, I was hauling the trimmings out to the the bin in the back alley, and I saw these beautiful yellow flowers. I sniffed them, and ...
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  3. I Smell. . . Scents of Another Sex

    I am a hypocrite when it comes to scents. I recently stereotyped men who wear "Pink Sugar" by Aquolina. But I myself decided to wear a "male" scent a few months ago -- "Spirit" by Antonio Banderas (actually by Puig, as I later learned). It reminds me of someone I knew, and liked, and I rather wanted his presence with me as I was doing something rather difficult.

    The odd thing is, I find it an incredibly stinky scent. I finally identified what was in it ...
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