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    INEKE. Thank You. They don't ship to UK but I have found a Swedish Company who stock the sample set and they are on the way. Yup , new Avatar. I know that my old one was really boring but I was attached to her, but then I noticed that SHE wasn't getting any older. Ha ha, Thank You, Foustie
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    Thank You for your kind response to my efforts at a blog!! AND I am going to thank you twice because now I have discovered your blogs and I am really enjoying them. Your experiments are really interesting.

    In answer to your question about whether the old fragrances smell anything like the wee card. No, not at all. All three oldies are very rich and resinous. The wee card was also rich but much brighter. A different style I would think, being maybe forty years between them.

    Looking forward to having the time to read your articles, Foustie
  3. Hello, all,
    I seem to be fully recovered from my hip surgery. I've been playing golf, doing a little gardening & trying to notice more smells of the great outdoors. More later.
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    Hi Ed! I haven't seen much of you on the boards lately, and I hope you are doing well.
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    Thank you so much for the birthday wishes. Sorry I have been absent for such a long while. I have just been so overwhelmed with working on the house. Hopefully we will be moved in before the end of April. Then I will have more "me" time and will be a much more regular presence on BN.
    Take care Ed.
  6. Thanks, all. I have mixed feelings about orthopedics. It took a long time to get a clear diagnosis. But the modern hip replacement surgery is really wonderful. I took last Friday off and played 9 holes of golf. And I walked the course. I played badly, but not more badly than the first time every year. What I tell people is, "I had no hip problems. I didn't fall down screaming even once. it was a success."
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    Hi and a very happy belated birthday. Glad you are recovering well... Selky
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    Best wishes to you on your birthday! Glad to hear that you are recuperating.
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    Happy Birthday, Ed! I'm glad to see you are recovering well, and I hope today is an exceptionally good day!

    Best wishes, L
  10. Dear Ed, I wish you a very happy birthday and much good health this year. Thanks for being a great friend . Thinking of you !

    Love always
    M ! XXX
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I read The Emperor of Scent in 2006 and The Secret of Scent ,Christmas, 2008. I'd never heard of oakmoss or amber and had little idea what many flowers smell like. So I started to learn. See the 1st installment of my blog for more details.
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Sample Choir

by ECaruthers on 14th August 2011 at 01:34 AM

I'm fortunate in my friends. Besides the samples I've bought, I've been given many more - some several years ago and many more, lately.

When I had a couple of dozen samples, I kept them in boxes. Filling the boxes about half full of little plastic pellets lets the samples stand up nicely. (I originally saw this idea suggested by 30roses.) But now I have more than 100 sample bottles and

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Do You Smell What I Smell? – A Challenge

by ECaruthers on 20th June 2011 at 01:41 AM
Of course we’re all unique. But how large are our differences? There are fragrances – rose, lemon, vanilla, coffee, … – that most of us are very familiar with. We’ve all learned to recognize them, we associate the same fragrances with the same sources, and we use the same names for them. But what about less familiar odors? I wouldn’t have recognized a fougere or chypre before I got into fragrances.

I'm thinking about how wide the differences are in the way people experience

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Picture How We Smell – 2

by ECaruthers on 16th December 2009 at 07:48 PM

I posted my own version of molecules-to-nose-to-brain smell recognition in May. I based this new one on Nobel Prize work by Linda Buck and Richard Axel. I made up the first version just using what I remembered of neural nets and artificial intelligence in computers. Doctors Axel and Buck and their students worked more than 15 years to find out what really happens. Obviously, this is the one

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Helen Keller

by ECaruthers on 15th November 2009 at 09:16 PM

Diane Ackerman’s A Natural History of the Senses includes a section titled, Prodigies of Smell, “the most famous of whom is probably Helen Keller." In fact, Helen Keller is the only prodigy discussed. She’s also the only prodigy mentioned in the Freeks, Geeks, and Prodigies chapter of Avery Gilbert’s What the Nose Knows.

Ackerman says, “Helen Keller had a miraculous

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by ECaruthers on 25th October 2009 at 01:19 AM
My hip’s been hurting for months, so I made myself a comfort spray to use at bedtime. The problem with hip pain (at least mine) is that there’s no comfortable sleep position. I was dreading going to bed at night. So I mixed up a spray bottle with lavender, frankincense, oud, lots of vanilla and vodka for a carrier. It’s not magic – I never expected it would be. It doesn’t put me to sleep or keep me asleep. But it is an interesting smell experience at bedtime, when I spray some on my pillow

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