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    Love your reviews. Always make I sure I read them when wandering through the site.
    Best wishes
  2. Hello again! I just had to tell you something, I'm a huge musk fan and have tried many well know brands most of them very high end. I came across Jovan Musk ( I had never heard of it ) the mens version was just "meh". Then I tried the womens version and now I'm in love with it. I've been wearing high priced musk and now all I want is the low priced Jovan Musk. Jaime please tell me I haven't lost my mind LOL =)
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    Hello! Great reviews, I'm always running into them on the site!
  4. Just dropping in to say hello and hope all is well with you.
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    Good morning Jaime!

    I'm new to BN and I'm slowly working my way through your excellent reviews. It's such fun to compare your experiences with my own, and you're helping me to appreciate some fragrances that I might otherwise have dismissed out of hand.

    (And thanks for visiting my profile, sorry there wasn't much to see... Working on that, too.)
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    I meant jaime b!
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    Hey jamie b! =)
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    -- Gene Hiller --

    Hey ... what's up with that?!
    Seems to be lacking in some way!

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    Thank you for your comments and knowledge about Chrism on my blog. I still never have smelled anything or experienced anything so beautiful as that day. Peace
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    Hi Jaime ,
    Having seen your fragrance shelves ,fragrance cupboards etc I feel a need to show my husband so he will no longer comment on my having drawers , cupboards,boxes etc full of the stuff. In knitting circles this is called a "stash" and I have one of those as well. A person with one that could not be expected to use it all during their lifetime is a "Sable" ( stash beyound life expectancy).
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October 9
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Native of Brooklyn, NY; speak Spanish and French (more recently, some Italian); former Anglican/Episcopalian monastic, now married
Travel, music, scents(!)
Retired Language Instructor
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"Why spend life seeking that which does not satisfy? Why remain a slave, when freedom waits? Let your life shine; illumine the world with your truth!"

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Qui nihil potest sperare, desperet nihil.
Let him who can hope for nothing despair of nothing.

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It is an evil thing to arm an angry man.


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Personal Updates, with an Emphasis on Scents

by JaimeB on 19th July 2017 at 05:45 AM
Note: This has been sitting as a draft unposted since February 2014. I just discovered that I never actually posted it!

OK, so I decided to switch horses in the middle of the stream; I'll start over.

It's been over two years since I last posted to my blog, or since I've spent much time on Basenotes, for that matter. The reasons for that are a little bit involved, and I don't want to say too much about that in this blog entry. Maybe I'll save most of it for another one later

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Fanciful Transformations

by JaimeB on 19th July 2017 at 05:38 AM

Odd things come unbidden to mind and assume new associations.

For example, as I was sitting down to read a rather mundane mystery novel, seemingly out of nowhere I suddenly remembered part of Ariel's song in Act I, scene ii of Shakespeare's The Tempest:

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and

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What is Luca Turin up to these days?

by JaimeB on 19th July 2017 at 02:11 AM

Luca Turin has had quite a run, first surfacing as a popular writer on scents with two books, The Secret of Scent (2006) and the Perfumes: The A-Z Guide (2008). He had already become a familiar name to some through Chandler Burr’s book The Emperor of Scent (2002), which contained the first account of his theory of olfaction. After a bit of a gap, The Little Book of Scents came out in 2011; finally, we saw a collection of Folio Columns 2003 to 2014, which appeared in 2015 .

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Nocturnal Meditation in Translation, "Clair de Lune"

by JaimeB on 12th July 2017 at 07:42 AM

Translation is at best a difficult and dissatisfying, often even frustrating, task; yet I feel drawn to try my hand at it from time to time.

This is a poem of Paul Verlaine, he of the sad and broken love affair and infatuation with the younger poet, his sometime admirer Arthur Rimbaud. The poem was also the inspiration for Claude Debussy's orchestral rendering in his piece of the same name, part of his Suite Bergamasque.

Verlaine paints a moonlit landscape grounded

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Updated 27th July 2017 at 05:21 AM by JaimeB

Personal Reflections

A Picture from the blue

by JaimeB on 25th March 2015 at 04:02 PM
A friend of mine was on a fight to Dubai recently and noticed one of the cabin crew was wearing a name tag with the same family name on it as mine. He took the man's picture and emailed it to me remarking on the strange coincidence. Of course, the flight attendant was from the same part of Spain, Galicia, as my parents, but it led me to think about some things I hadn't considered for a long time.

Here's what I wrote to the friend who emailed me that picture:

Thanks for

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Updated 25th March 2015 at 11:05 PM by JaimeB

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