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Academic and narrative books + podcast episodes on fragrance

I have compiled various works on smell, fragrance, and perfumery for anyone seeking more in-depth information on the matter. The following are links to titles themselves or podcast episodes from the New Books Network wherein a host interviews the author of a new book whose topic relates to fragrance or scent....

I just ordered my first springtime scent of the year.

(M43)I’ve got quite a nice little collection of fall/winter scents because I really love leathers and tobacco.(M43)I’ve never really done a deep dive into freshies and springtime fragrances but last year I bought a couple of samples of Etat Libre D’orange You or someone like you and enjoyed it immensely. I also bought a...

Fragrance first impression: Crybaby Perfume Milk dupe by Fragrant Body Oilz.

I bought the body oil a few days ago and it finally arrived yesterday. I thought I was getting the perfume oil but nope. That was my mistake, not theirs. After the disappointment at myself faded, here’s what I think. First, let me say I have never smelled the original. To me, this is the original. lol. I’m not sure what...

Creed - Santal (

Well, well, well. This morning, I doused myself with Creed Santal. Before I left for work, I asked my husband what he though of it, and he took a hearty sniff. “Hmmmm, seems okay, it’s really mild,” he said. And, he was right. Santal is a very mild woody fragrance on me. Barely a whisper of an opening, and weak but steady...

Houbigant - Quelques Fleurs (

Quelques Fleurs L’Original is a classic floral (described by Houbigant as green-floral-woody). This is a full floral from start to finish for me. It has been going strong for over 12 hours – I am still enveloped in a little flower cloud. Quelques Fleurs opens up with a pop of fresh lemony white florals – it’s a very...

SOTD Felanilla from Parfumerie Generale (

‘A Feline Vanilla with Iris and Safran fur. Neither girly nor food, Felanilla is an adult vanilla. Precious, generous, racy, Felanilla is a Nectar expressed by three absolutes in majesty in an oriental composition, gently spiced, brightened with a fruity wood under a red amber fire’ from PG...

Etro - Shantung (

I did a random blind buy on this one. It was $223 for 100ml on sale for $69 at the time. I was intrigued by the brand and the description of the frgarnace, so I decided to take the gamble. Shantung EDP marketing says • Mood: unpredictable and optimistic • Notes: mandarin, blackcurrant, rose, cashmere wood...

SOTD vintage Diorissimo edp (

This mini is a bit battered, but the scent is still gorgeous as ever. I estimate it is probably the formulation from the 80s. I always thought of it as a very realistic lily of the valley, but this year I actually compared it with the real flowers, and it they’re way sweeter. I do prefer the old formula, the more recent ones...

Givenchy - L'Interdit (

L’interdit is described as white flowers with a “dark accord” which I’m thinking Givenchy is referring to as seductive. L’Interdit Eau de Parfum was developed in the 1950s for Audrey Hepburn, who wore it exclusively for a year before it was released in 1957 (a great year for Chevy, also). Givenchy and Hepburn had a...

Acqua di Parma - Mandorlo di Sicilia (

Kicking off the morning with Acqua di Parma’s Mandolo di Sicilia from the Blu Mediterraneo series. The shower gel is a candy bomb – it reminds me of the center of a 1977 Russell Stover chocolate covered cherry. I’ll admit that I actually love the smell of candy; but this may be waaaaay too sweet for a lot of people. This...

Bond No. 9 - The Scent of Peace (

Oooooooooooooooooohm. The Scent of Peace. Described by Bond No9 as: Grapefruit, Black Currant, Lily of the Valley, Hedione, Cedarwood, and Musk. I thought to myself…wtf is hedione??? Methyl dihydrojasmonate is an aroma compound that smells similar to jasmine. In racemic mixtures the odor is floral and citrus while epimerized...

Sol De Janeiro - Cheirosa 71 (

Sol De Janiero Cheirosa 71 is a super sweet mist of cookie-like goodness. Yes, it may be too sweet for some people…but it sure smells nice. Reminds me of the scent of fresh-baked blondies just pulled from the oven. Salty, buttery vanilla caramel is the delicious opening, but it does fade quickly to a nutty/tonka base that...

Bulgari (Bvlgari) - OMNIA original version (

Omnia (original) was released in 2003 and this particular variety was discontinued some time ago, but can still be procured on the gray market or by resale. It was marketed as a fragrance for women and opens up with a spicy little kick, but not overwhelming. There’s Ginger and other warm but bright spices. It tones down a bit...

Creed - Erolfa (

I bought this many years ago as a backup bottle for my husband. He has decreased his use, and I have adopted this as my own. Erolfa is a very masculine scent, opening with a wallop of green spice/citrus (lemon/lime/basil). The heart is more of a mixup that smells very piney (like rosemary) with lavender. It dries down (just a...

Zoologist - Hummingbird (

Zoologist Hummingbird is a flower forward scent with hints of fruit throughout. Initial spray is total flower power with lily of the valley and lilac that drifts into a creamy floral with honeycomb, honeysuckle and mimosa. The honey heartnotes are very strong, but are countered by a powerful floral punch. The drydown starts out...

Hermes - Un Jardin Sur La Lagune (

This is a floral and woody fragrance…with a watery vibe. How could that be? Well, Un Jardin sur la Lagune eau de toilette really reminds me of a hiking spot I went to many years ago that had a mix of woods, fields of flowers and a fresh water spring. It has magnolia and lily, and is a fresh yet warm scent that makes me think...

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