In case you didn't see the news at Now Smell This this morning, here's an item you won't want to miss:
http://www.amnh.org/news/2010/02/pod...perfumed-road/

Frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, jasmine aromatics were valuable commodities traded along the ancient Silk Road, and they are still prized today. Renowned perfumer Mandy Aftel, the nose behind Aftelier perfumes, awakens the senses to the amazing world of aromatics and discusses their fascinating history.
Aftel, the author of books including Essence and Alchemy: A book of Perfume, Aroma and Scents and Sensibilities, leads Aromatics Along the Silk Road, recorded on January 20, 2010 at the American Museum of Natural History.