What’s more intriguing about perfumes than their distinct scents?
Sometimes, the florid descriptions concocted by top-notch marketing copywriters.
Perfumery is an art to engage all the senses through complex interrelationships.
I started writing about perfume as soon as I began my quest to discover it at a new level. In this way, I would document my journey from the naive beginning, and hopefully progress along the learning curve would become apparent over time. Although perfume is the subject, I rarely review products unless something about an item is unique or compelling to me in some aspect. I have also found that perfume(ry) provides a richness of metaphors for experiences in life, and write along those lines.
Delayed response and distraction
Perfumed Alphabet: C is for Cedarwood
Perfumed Alphabet: B is for Bergamot
Perfumed Alphabet: A is for Amber
Virtual reali-tea (and Incantation by Rouge Bunny Rouge)
Perfume al fresco ( Monserrat by FZOTIC)
Rapid adaptation of common senses
Didn’t know I wanted a cocoon until I smelled one
Genius of Fools
A rose by any other processing method (Eternity Roses)
At the intersection of creative pursuits
How the psychology of peanut selling applies to perfume
What counts as a “collection,” anyway?
Perfume the moment
Reaching for heavier notes
Spritz me a fragrant poem
Tell me a short and fragrant story
Barrel-aged perfume: OK Fine Fragrances ( AMO)
A call for kindreds ( London by Gallivant)
It’s not over till it’s over ( Les Jeux sont Faits)
Layers and linearity: a personal study
I bought this for the bottle ( Histoire d’Eau by Mauboussin)
A perfumed resolution for 2020
A perfumed year: 2019 retrospective
The many scents of loneliness
Baby, it’s cold outside…
The moral of the story is buffer
Memory making through scent: the Smell Memory Kit
Along a tessellating spectrum of expansion and contraction of the mind
A perfume for forgetting?
The smell of doing something fulfilling
Constant presence is strength
When reconstruction takes more than the sum of deconstructed parts
Is it the ingredient or the effect that you really want?
The importance of a thing (depends on the other things)
Listening to perfume? (L’Orchestre Parfum)
A Peach at Heart
Pepper me with first impressions ( Poivre Electrique)
Of dimensionality and transitory displeasures
Maybe it’s not all around, but only on your nose
When memory becomes better than the real thing
I bought this for the bottle ( Ag by Ted Baker)
A little inertia (and scent doppelgängers)
Opossum Tries to Relax
The animal in stink (t)
Perfume: a threshold of imagination
Tea on a Dreamy Afternoon | Perfume-making workshop at 4160Tuesdays
My brilliant sniffing tour of London
A whiff of disappointment ( The Writer)
It can be given but you don’t have to take it
A perfumed tattoo: AMKIRI
A perfume for your drink! (Alice & the Magician)
It can be given but not taken away
Is your perfume a part of you, or something you carry?
How do I love thee? Let me count the spritzes
We’ll Always Have Paris
The devil you know is still a devil
My second sniffing tour of New York City
One Spritz Fits Most
The scent of wabi-sabi
The scent of small successes
Perfume: a universal language
Perfume: time well spent
Perfume: a perfect puzzle
The Copy Writer
This, Too, Shall Pass
A green puzzle for St Patrick’s Day!
Perfume as an olfactory tea
Be yourself—more—with perfume
Ode to Tobacco Flower
Fake Flower’s Fool
Smelling clean: an olfactory façade
The day 2 blues
Moi Non Plus, Mon Amour
All perfume is gender neutral
The Best Supporting Actor award goes to… scent!
Slowing time on the scent piano
Do you smell textures?
A yen for zen
Composition and compromise: a personal study
How perfume makes you a better person
A scent for ascent to a sense of wonder
Perfume is all about the “and”
A beginner’s experiential sniffing tour of New York City
Scents and suggestibility: a personal study
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