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For Perfumers There is No Bad Smell

“As one who writes about cologne, you owe it to yourself to read the book,” a new friend told me recently. He was talking about Chandler Burr’s The Emperor of Scent, and he was surprised I hadn’t read it. The … Continue reading

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Bond No. 9: A Legacy of Bad Behavior

Bond No. 9’s Laurice Rahme has responded. See her letter at the end of the post. Just a couple months after the fragrance brand Bond No. 9 won me over again, I hear that the owner, Laurice Rahme, is being … Continue reading

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Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray Soda and the Fresh Smell of Celery

In yesterday’s post about Serge Lutens’ Jeux de Peau, the fragrance that smells like “buttered toast,” I mentioned that a friend detected notes of celery in it, specifically Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda. As promised, I cracked open a can of … Continue reading

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The Experts: Luca Turin on 1740 by Histoires de Parfums

As I mentioned last weekend, I have two indispensable reference books that I keep re-reading, one on spirits and the other on fragrance. The latter is of course Perfumes: The A to Z Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. … Continue reading

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The Magnificently Vile

Seldom do I smell a fragrance so vile that I get a sore neck from the violent way I try to remove my nose from the scene. A perfume can be too screechy, like a cleaning product, or too sweet, … Continue reading

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The iPerfumer App

Navigating the sea of department store fragrances is getting easier—and less stinky—because of the internet and mobile devices. IPerfumer, which may be the first fragrance app on the mobile market, works like everything else on the internet: recommendations based on … Continue reading

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