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The miseries of losing the sense of smell.

<i>Smells are surer than sights and sounds to make your heart-strings crack.</i>—Rudyard Kipling<p>There was nothing remarkable about the cold I caught. But a …

The smelling test: The genetics of olfaction

In 2004, American neuroscientists Linda Buck and Richard Axel shared a Nobel Prize for their identification of the genes that control smell, findings …

Nobel Prize

AbdesSalaam Perfume Course – Part VI: The Animalics

Bring on the animals! In perfumery, “lions and tigers and bears, oh my” turns into “deer and beavers and furry rodents,” with a strong whiff of goats …

The Murky Matter of Musk

FIRST12NEXT →<p>Musk: what is it?<p>Musk is a grainy, aromatic reddish paste formed within the glandular musk sac of the male musk deer. It contains a …

Best Green, Leafy Violets & Watery Crystal Violet Fragrances (Violet Series)

A dew drop resting atop a deep-hued petal, its violet shade reflected and refracted in a thousand tiny facets, like scattered confetti through a …

Best Woody Violet Fragrances (Violet Series)

After the top soft, powdery violet fragrances list, it was natural to follow with another popular category among violet fragrances; those which take …

Perfumery Materials: Violet, Violet Leaf & Ionones

Although often spoken in the same breath when describing fragrance notes pyramids ~standard industry speak for the breakdown of effects in perfume …

Best Soft, Powdery Violet Fragrances (via Reader's Mail Request)

The lovely Margaret sent me the following query in an email and as it touches on a subject I have skimmed when talking about the creation of violet …

Best Sweet Violets Fragrances (Violet Series)

Candied violet fragrances have a retro ambience about them, same as often happens with violet scents that have a cosmetics and face powder tonality …

Violet Perfumes – Comprehensive Guide

It has been a while since we did a comprehensive guide, but here we go with Best Violet Perfumes! I feel like I’ve covered violets so much, including …

Skin Chemistry

<i>Article by Erin</i><p><b>I</b> have often thought that Murphy must have been a perfume lover; only a scent hound could have such a perverse eponymous law. In …

Recreating L'Origan

This summer, Somerset House has played home to the first major perfume exhibition in the UK. The concept of Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through …

A trip at the Perfume Chest.

Do you think perfumes stores are "<i>shops where people sell perfumes</i>"? You're right. <br>Do you think perfumes stores are shops where people sell perfumes</i> …

The "Mousse de Saxe" Base: Creation History, Notes, Influence on Perfumery

Writing about perfume history is an acre of land strewn with minefields. Little has survived into its original form and the industry has been …

Drapeau Tricolore: 12 Quintessentially French Fragrances

"How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?" General Charles de Gaulle had infamously querried. …

GUERLINADE

In perfumery, there are several words whose definition experts don’t agree about, like "vintage", "reformulation", "natural", "synthetic", "art", and …

Lily of the Valley – mystery, manufacture & murder

Mystery<p>Perfumery has always glorified the floral and for centuries perfumers have sought ways to extract the essence from real flowers to incorporate …

Lily of the Valley : Spring Floral Note

Spring came into my house with the bouquet of tulips, their crimson petals touched with the delicate scent of wet foliage and rain drenched earth. As …

CHAMADE

Jean-Paul Guerlain 1969, PdT 1987<br>[ʃa'mad]<br>Family: floral, oriental<br>Notes: bergamot, hyacinth, galbanum, blackcurrant bud, jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose, …

GUERLINADE

Jean-Paul Guerlain 1998<br>[gɛrli'nad]<br>Family: floral<br>Notes: bergamot, lilac, linden flower, rose, jasmine, violet leaf, orris, tonka bean, amber, …

VOILE D'ÉTÉ

Mathilde Laurent 1999, reissue No.25 2002, Quand Vient l'Été EdP 2005<br>[vwal de'te]<br>Family: floral, powdery<br>Notes: hesperidic notes, mint, pear, rose, …

VÉGA

Jacques Guerlain 1936, reissue 1997, 2005<br>[vega]<br>Family: floral, aldehydic, oriental<br>Notes: bergamot, aldehyde, jasmine, orange blossom, ylang-ylang, …

VINTAGES

Guerlain opens up the treasury and shares its DNA with the world! Thierry Wasser and Frédéric Sacone have re-created an extensive list of historic …

PERFUMERS

Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain (1798-1864), founder of the Guerlain dynasty, was thirty years old when he opened up the very first Guerlain shop in …

NAHÉMA

Jean-Paul Guerlain 1979, PdT 1981<br>[nahe'ma]<br>Family: floral, oriental<br>Notes: bergamot, mandarin, Bulgarian rose, Provence rose, hyacinth, peach, passion …

JICKY

Aimé Guerlain 1889, EdC 1945, PdT 1987<br>[ʒi'ki]<br>Family: fougère<br>Notes: bergamot, neroli, verbena, lemon, orange, rosemary, geranium, lavender, mint, …

VOL DE NUIT

Jacques Guerlain 1933, EdC 1963<br>[vɔl də nɥi]<br>Family: oriental, chypre<br>Notes: bergamot, galbanum, petitgrain, jasmine, daffodil, spices, sandalwood, …

APRÈS L'ONDÉE (VINTAGE VERSION)

Jacques Guerlain 1906<br>[aprɛ lɔ̃'de]<br>Family: floral, powdery<br>Perfect pastel<br>Period: The Belle Époque years<p>Thierry Wasser and Frédéric Sacone have …

APRÈS L'ONDÉE

Jacques Guerlain 1906<br>[aprɛ lɔ̃'de]<br>Family: floral, powdery<br>Notes: bergamot, lemon, anise, neroli, hawthorn, rosemary, lavender, lily, orchid, violet, …

SOUS LE VENT

Jacques Guerlain 1934, reissue 2006<br>[su lə vɑ̃]<br>Family: chypre, aromatic<br>Notes: bergamot, lavender, tarragon, basil, verbena, myrtle, galbanum, jasmine, …