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    I'll put Jason Goodwin The Janissary Tree on my booklist and see how it goes. I've only been to Istanbul once but was completely smitten with the richness and texture of the place.
    I don't read much non-fiction but am now tearing through The Girl Who Played With Fire Stieg Larsson so I do enjoy a
    mystery. Thanks Jaime!
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    "What a loss, loss, loss, loss it is 

    to remain sober among the intoxicated and the unconscious. "
    Beautiful! Very interesting post.
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    I think I need your reading list too Jaime!
    I'm rereading my Jean Klein books now but can't help wonder what is Jaime reading.
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    Stock up on the Zino before its gone... Their gonna discontinue all davidoff frags before 2003,just incase you didn't read it today thought i would let you know
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    Ahahaha, how can you resist him? Those poems are fantastic.
    I'm just a student right now and have always been a poetry lover, but calling myself a poet might be a bit presumptuous...
    I do occasionally write for class or when the mood strikes me, but usually it is either lighthearted or deeply emotional-- so I only write in extreme cases or in times of dire boredom.

    Champagne indeed!
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    I do not know e e cummings very well, but I must check him out now-- what a fantastic poem!
    Have you read the Spoon River Anthology?
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    Aramis-Cool Blend sounds interesting also. And that No.1 by Strellson is not coming to the U.S :0(
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    Aha! William Carlos Williams must be popular on Basenotes .
    One of my *new* favorite poems! We were studying its connection to Hemingway in my english class the other day, and then I stumbled upon Saxifrage's name. I love the subtlety of the poem-- it says so little but manages to speak volumes. Are you familiar with the poem?
  9. Cruel Gardenia-By Guerlain- I found it--You used SUCHNESS in the last sentence of this review.
  10. I was somewhere on this site where I clicked on "read all reviews" by JaimeB. I can't find it now. Anyways, I read all the female perfume reviews--it was at the end of one of those. Sorry-I'm technologically challenged!! Please don't put me on your ignore list!! I might find it again.
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Native of Brooklyn, NY; speak Spanish and French; former Anglican/Episcopalian monastic, now married
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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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Fiat justitia ruat cælum.

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

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Revisiting “Unusual” Sunday Scents

by JaimeB on 29th November 2011 at 07:42 AM
Back in early 2008, I posted about the fact that I had fallen into the habit of wearing some pretty “unusual” scents to choir practice and church on Sundays. For some context on what I'm about to post now, you can read that post here.

Recently, someone who has environmental illness has joined the choir I sing with. Out of respect for this person’s request, I have refrained from using any fragrance on Sundays. This was a sad decision for me, but I wanted to be generous to a person

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Now Things Get Serious

by JaimeB on 10th November 2011 at 08:14 AM
In my last post, I indulged myself in a little harmless fun; at least that's what I said. In truth, there was a subtext to my borrowing the Occupy Wall Street metaphor and dressing it up in the issues of perfumista frustration in our own love-hate relationship with the purveyors of our favorite stuff.

The best way to put this is perhaps to say that in many aspects of our life, so many of which are affected by commercial interests, we encounter more and more frustration in a sense

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Updated 10th November 2011 at 08:43 AM by JaimeB

The Fragrance Industry , Personal Reflections

Occupy Perfume Counters (Occupy PC, or OPC)

by JaimeB on 27th October 2011 at 07:46 AM
[Please do not take the initial premise (in the title of this post) seriously. I am just trying to dramatize a situation and make a point.]

Some radical perfumistas are occupying perfume counters across the country, and even the world, because they are frustrated by the trends they see in the perfume industry leading to downgrading the quality of fragrances and pricing their products beyond the reach of “the 99 percent.”

In the meantime, many in the media are pointing

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Updated 27th October 2011 at 08:12 AM by JaimeB

Philosophy of Fragrance , The Fragrance Industry , Personal Reflections , Perfume History

A Response to a Question about Top, Middle, and Base Notes

by JaimeB on 12th October 2011 at 08:23 AM
The question:

Quote Originally Posted by Fadi007 View Post
[Are] there some notes that are restricted to one level in the three levels of a fragrance?

i mean, for example, can we have musk, patchouli , sandalwood , clove... on top notes?

or can we have lime , lavender , cinnamon , sage... in the base notes ?

or [are] there some notes that are physically impossible to put in top or base ?
My reply:

Hermès Eau des Merveilles was supposed to have

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Updated 12th October 2011 at 02:42 PM by JaimeB


The Four Worst Factors in Fragrance Today, Part I

by JaimeB on 26th September 2011 at 12:45 AM
In thinking about what is having the worst effect of the fragrance industry today, I was hard pressed to find a single factor that explains all the problems surrounding quality, reformulation, and customer satisfaction. I think that to discuss matters fully, we need to look at four separate, but interrelated issues.

1. Sourcing and cost of raw materials

Over-harvesting of many perfume materials has provoked a situation in which many are at a point of near-extinction. In

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Updated 1st October 2011 at 12:49 AM by JaimeB

The Fragrance Industry , The Art of Perfumery , Personal Reflections
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