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“You believe I run after the strange because I do not know the beautiful; no, it is because you do not know the beautiful that I seek the strange.”
― Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, The Waste Books

'Anomie' for the Durkheim notion of lawless rootlessness and a liberating (though not light) angst that I think characterizes the internet, yes this place that we happen to be in order that you are reading this, but anomie can also be a catalyst state for transcending easy modes of relation, so long as one goes beyond it.

'Ivoire' for my love of the old, the off-white/the deceptively pure, a fascination with the gothic and a disappointment with the crueler side of humanity (poaching connotation), and in honor of my former everyday signature scent, Ivoire de Balmain as inspired by Garbo.
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Quotes from Djuana Barnes's Nightwood on Perfume, Mother Earth, and The Eternal Feminine

by anomie et ivoire on 29th August 2012 at 05:36 PM
p. 38
The perfume that her body exhaled was of the quality of that earth-flesh, fungi, which smells of captured dampness and yet is so dry, overcast with the odour of oil of amber, which is an inner malady of the sea, making her seem as if she had invaded a sleep incautious and entire. Her flesh was the texture of plant life, and beneath it one sensed a frame, broad, porous and sleep-worn, as if sleep were a decay fishing her beneath the visible surface.

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Updated 29th August 2012 at 09:15 PM by anomie et ivoire


Perfumes Associated With Writers and Real Life Literary Figures*

by anomie et ivoire on 28th August 2012 at 10:29 PM
*or so rumor and biographies would tell it...

Author's Signature: A Spray of (Un)Consciousness A&I Poem

Truman Capote wore Drakkar Noir;
Sylvia Plath one--but which?--of the feminine Diors.

Anais Nin though her name twice over was used in her honor by Cacharel later,
thought Caron's Narcisse Noir, so right for her narcissistic confessionals, greater.

Jean Rhys is associated with L'Heure Bleue:

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Updated 28th August 2012 at 10:38 PM by anomie et ivoire


Dear, Redolent Reader

by anomie et ivoire on 27th August 2012 at 11:02 PM
Scent as mood/focus for reading really adds something to the experience. As much as pop science touts the scent-memory connection perennially, everyday experience suggests smells and their associations are inextricable. Marcel had his madeleine cookie (taste + smell + texture). Lavender is often recommended to foster vivid dreams. Sage is supposed to be good for studying. Carnation is the "poet's flower."

Reminded of my intention to come up with a few fun, maybe sometimes

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Updated 27th August 2012 at 11:46 PM by anomie et ivoire


No Great Expectations, but ... A Statement of Bloggy Intent

by anomie et ivoire on 2nd August 2012 at 11:37 AM
My first real contemplation of perfume beyond "ooh, pretty smell, mommy" was born of reading Audrey Hepburn's biography at age ten. I wanted so badly to experience her signature Givenchy L'Interdit that I spent several diary entries trying to imagine the perfume. I was quite disappointed with the re-release in the 2000s of course. But the original! I need to smell that.

Once again via books I came back to scents: chancing upon the much-hyped or much-hated Guide (to which

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Updated 2nd August 2012 at 08:48 PM by anomie et ivoire


Nascent Fragrance Love

by anomie et ivoire on 28th June 2012 at 04:16 AM
June 2012:
Very recently swept into manic limerence with scents of all kinds. In May 2012, I read Sanchez and Turin's guide to satisfy a passing curiosity about what "chypre" and "fougere" mean. I sent for samples of the most appealing descriptions, and the first four tested may just remain eternal favorites: Fracas, Visa, Bvlgari Black, and Gucci Rush. One month later, I now have around fifty+ assorted bottles, minis, and samples.

As of yet, I still can't

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Updated 3rd July 2012 at 10:29 PM by anomie et ivoire

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