It needs workhorses — perfumes that smell easy and versatile and don't butt in. Go-to perfume. What are your go-to perfumes?

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....

Not just how perfume smells, or the colors or moods it evokes, but the sense of thickness, slipperiness, or warmth it evokes. How can liquid smell furry or smooth, cool or scratchy? Sure, some fragrances smell like particular materials, so it's natural they'd remind you of that material's...

What is that horrible smell in my room?? Yes, venezia.Pffff.. I hope I won't be stuck in an elevator with someone wearing this.Sorry for you who still love it.I know sense of smell change when you get older, and reformulation are always doubtfull, but this one?? I hardly recognize it.So if you...

: My new boyfriend's place smells suspiciously like women's perfume. At first I thought it was another woman but I'm so hot I don't see how he would have time or leftover desire. Lightbulb! I finally got him to show me where the scent was coming from. He had a whole collection of women's...

Patent leather: Patent leather takes oily leather and adds a plastic sheen that makes the leather smell shiny and almost synthetic. I can't think of any purely patent leather fragrances, but the note slices through a number of fragrances, intentionally or not. Often it's a heart note that...

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

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...

 

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