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The Scent of Rebellion, Part 1

Musk is one old-school scent. Its history stretches back thousands of years, during which time it was used not only for its smell but also for medicinal purposes. The intense smell of musk might call to mind anything from a mother’s perfume cabinet to a walk in the...

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Cambienne: An Ever Changing River of Perfume.

Cambienne: An Ever Changing River of Perfume.

The French word for change is Cambienne. "Cambienne" is also the name that Fabienne gave to a series of perfumes that began in 2007. Each year's Cambienne began in the first quarter of that year. It is made only once. After so much of that first Cambienne is sold, the...

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Cheers to Tapputi

I have a lame excuse that tends to keep me from following through on ideas: someone has already done this thing, and surely much better than I. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people find themselves in the thralls of similar thought processes. Especially in today’s...

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Finding Scent, Light, and Well-Being at the Krohn Conservatory

This past Thursday I made my way to the Krohn Conservatory for the second time in three days. It was 3:23 p.m. when I arrived, and the late afternoon lighting gave the greenhouse a significantly different feel than that of my 1:30 p.m. visit two days prior. It’s one...

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A Rose for St. Fabian’s Day

What does holiness smell like? If you turn to Catholic tradition for your answer, you’ll find that it smells floral. At least, that’s one of the biggest notes often used to describe the odor of sanctity, an alleged smell given off by the body of a Saint who has...

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The Sexy But Obsolete Method of Enfleurage

Tom Robbins’ novel “Jitterbug Perfume” spends part of its narrative following a perfumer named Madame Lily Devalier. She and her assistant V’lu are in New Orleans attempting to craft their comeback perfume as part of a plot that follows a handful competing perfumers...

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Celebrating the Solstice with Personal Rituals

It’s the week before Christmas, and most people are trying to hustle to make it to that Holiday finish line. I, on the other hand, have forgotten about this race this year. My eyes have been set on another date that rings far more important to my needs this season—the...

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Baudelaire’s Love of the Exotic Natural Scent

In 1857, French poet Charles Baudelaire published a collection of poems titled Les Fleurs du mal, or The Flowers of Evil. The poems are filled with sultry themes like eroticism, and proved too risqué for the times. In fact, not only were six of the poems banned for...

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A Yule Retour Spotlight

When I first met up with Tom and Jennie this fall, they were preparing to launch the Yule Retour. They told me it was all of the scents Fabienne had ever released around this time of year. I pictured a festive shelf decorated with pine branches and scarlet ribbon,...

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