Perfumes, potions and witches have been entwined for centuries.
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Scent and magic have been entwined in our imaginations for centuries – right up to today’s witch-inspired perfumes.
Marilyn Monroe famously wore “just a few drops of No. 5″ to bed. 100 years after Coco Chanel launched her perfume, it is as popular as ever.
Some super smellers even associate unpleasant memories or feelings of annoyance with certain smells.
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Hyperosmia is relatively rare, but there are many reasons a person might develop this condition – even temporarily.
‘Living Mady Easy: Revolving hat’, a satirical print with a hat supporting a spy glass, an ear trumpet, a ciggar, a pair of glasses, and a scent box, 1830, London.
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The history of smell in 18th-century England reveals the complex story of scent and personal space.
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A judgment by the European court has extended copyright to all literary and artistic creations, but cheese is still not protected.
We need to measure the volatile compounds that waft off the products in our homes and offices.
A surprising study published in Science found that as fuel emissions drop, consumer products are playing a larger role in air pollution.
Miss Dior, 1947.
On the occasion of the 2017 exhibition “Christian Dior: spirit of perfumes” at the International Perfume Museum of Grasse, we analyse the strategic positioning of four of Dior’s emblematic fragrances.
‘Gabrielle’ the perfume harks back to Coco’s early days and the business instincts that built a global brand.
The Hermès building in Tokyo, designed by Renzo Piano (Ginza 5, Chuo-ku, Tokyo).
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Case analysis of Hermès and its four strengths: a real identity, the creativity and skills of its artisans, innovation, and the fact that it remains an independent family company.
Many literary questions about smell are quite philosophical. Why do humans get pleasure from perfumes? Do rich bodies smell differently from poor ones?
Smell is the Cinderella of the senses in Anglophone literature, but James Joyce wrote an olfactory revolution. His treatment of the science of smell was astonishingly prescient.
Fragrance is intimately linked with our memories and feelings.
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Surely only a weirdo wouldn’t enjoy the smell of flowers and pine forests? But as Kate Grenville writes in her latest book, fragrance causes untold misery to many of us.
Old Spice may be the solution for those looking to be more manly.
Deodorants can benefit us all. But manly men can skip it if they like, finds study.
Those of a nervous disposition might be better off buying chocolates.
When it comes to making careful plans to impress that significant other, certain things can seem like musts. Classy restaurant – check. Romantic atmosphere – check. Best suit or little black dress – check…
Making scents of it.
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There are two types of perfume in the world: the fast turnover celebrity perfumes, designed to hit the market and make profits before a star’s capital wanes; and the timeless classics, with their expensive…
Researchers from the University of Western Australia have identified the genes needed to produce the main constituents of…