When it's warm, I tend to reach for Bill Blass Nude (pear, jasmine, and aldehydes), Parfum d'Empire Eau Suave (crisp rose chypre), or Annick Goutal Folavril(tomato leaf and greens). I'd add Rochas Eau de Rochas to the list, but it comes in a splash bottle, and when I'm harried it's too much...

Years after Now Smell This publishes a post, people still drop by to comment on it. Recently, Julia left a comment on a four-year-old post about Chanel No. 5 wondering what modern fragrances might achieve the classic status of No. 5. It's a good question. Victoria at Bois de Jasmin compiled...

But increasingly, technology is making it possible, and historians, scientists, and perfumers are now taking the idea of smells as historical artifacts more seriously. They argue that it's time to delve into our olfactory past, trying harder to understand how people experienced the world with...

That's because 200 million years ago, a keen sense of smell drove an explosive growth in brain size that pushed mammals out from under the shadow of dinosaurs, a new study concludes. — Read more at Mammals win by a nose: Sense of smell drove evolution of big brains at the Washington Post....

When I opened The Meadow's door, I smelled something new, and it enthralled me. The same is true for many of my favorite perfumes — for instance, Ormonde Jayne Woman, Christian Dior Miss Dior, and Parfums DelRae Mythique. I couldn't have asked any perfumer to create something like them for...

Similarly, it's easy for someone who doesn't have a lot of experience with perfume to sniff something and pronounce it as smelling like an old lady. The argument many people use when they dismiss music and art right off the bat is that they "know what they like." Well, sure. But why not be...

For anyone who was counting on wasting a few minutes on Now Smell This, here are a few articles from the archives that might be worth a peek: If you were also counting on a little conversation, do add your scent of the day to the comments! Note: top image is Maldives, your perfect holiday...

Sure, it's overwhelming to click on Now Smell This and see announcements for yet another couple of perfume companies — I mean, who can keep up? — but it proves that perfume is live and well. When everything shakes out, maybe we'll find the next Vero Profumo or Aftelier. Here's a big one: I'm

Hello vetiver, citrus, pepper, lily, and jasmine. One spring tonic for me is Amouage Ubar. It smells to me like jasmine lemonade. It has a brisk coolness about it, citrus tart and buzzing with jasmine, that I wish my sheets smelled like. Vintage Ubar in the funky geometric bottle has a...

Erudite blogs such as Grain de Musc, Bois de Jasmin and Now Smell This offer a whiff of how seriously perfume acolytes take things. Karen Dubin, a founder of Sniffapalooza, which organizes global excursions and events for perfume lovers, remembers collecting tiny perfume bottles from her...

 

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