The Trends In Fountain Pens

Pens, like just about anything, have fashionable characteristics. Right now there is a definite set of trends for the modern fountain pen collector to consider. Let’s take a look at them. Big pens are enjoying wide popularity, the bigger the pen the higher the...

More on Perfume Longevity

One of the Possetiers asked me this question on the forum, and I will be answering it: I’m interested in perfume strength and longevity. What causes a perfume to lose power? What notes (like citrus) tend to dissipate quickly? Which tend to create perfume...

Making Progress By The Calorie

People HATE counting calories. Maybe they seem nebulous, maybe it’s hard to do, maybe it’s shocking to see how quickly they add up and how few of them you are allowed in a day to maintain your weight. Well, kids, that’s life. You are going to have to...

The Best Workout

When you go into the gym you are likely to see at least one person just overdoing it. They are picking up HUGE amounts of weight, they are leaping around like a tuna fish on a gun boat deck, they are practically turning themselves inside out in mid-air to get in that...

Why Perfume Ingredients Disappear

I have recently gone through a spate of ingredients being taken off the market and have had to either reformulate or discontinue some of my perfumes. This is very hard on me and very hard on my clients. I am seldom if ever told it’s going to happen before it...

A Nice Article on Fountain Pens from The BBC

Evidently I am not the only pretentious crank out there. Here is a nice little article from the BBC about the resurgence of fountain pens. Sales of fountain pens on amazon.com have doubled! Read all about it.

How To Choose Your First Fountain Pen

As you know, I have gotten into the gracious hobby of fountain pen use. I fell into this easily as my parents used fountain pens a great deal and I would pick one up as a matter of course. However, you might not have that in your background and no one to ask about...

General Longevity and Strength In Perfume Families–Podcast

Did you know that different perfume families are famous for different strength and longevity? They are? Listen and find out what the differences are! listen to ‘Long life of the average perfume’ on Audioboo(function() { var po =...

Different Perfumes, Different Strengths

It is a little known fact that various perfumes have longer or shorter longevity on your skin. This is due to the predominance of top, middle, or bottom notes inherent in their character. The shortest lived fragrances tend to come from the “foody” family....

Top Notes and Their Secret

The prettiest part of any perfume is its top note. Of course, there is a trick to that. Top notes are invariably the most alluring part of any fragrance BUT they are also the most fleeting. Like getting caught in a mouse trap. It’s ironic that some top notes are...

How To Fill A Lever Fill Fountain Pen

Let’s say you inherited your dear Aunt Mahidabelle’s favorite vintage pen and it’s a lever filler (like the one pictured above). You dunk the nib of the pen in ink, pull out the lever, let it snap back, take out the pen and that is how you fill it...

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