Category Archives: People

The Meantime Perfume House

Which will be the next great perfume house?  The house that will define early 21st century tastes in scent?  Good question, isn’t it? You can go on speculating about which house will define the tastes of the 20s and 30s, … Continue reading

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Twelve Smells of Christmas – Day Nine: Black with Fruit

My husband has an uncle who insists that fruitcake is a very civilized pleasure and the best way to go about eating it is in the evening along with a glass of sherry.  He’s probably right about that. (He tends … Continue reading

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Twelve Smells of Christmas – Day Six: Beginning to Smell a lot like Christmas

Two of my fellow bloggers, Meg at Parfumieren and Michael at Top to Bottom  both posted about that old Christmas classic Nuit de Noel recently. You can see that they had fairly different opinions about the venerable standard, the favorite … Continue reading

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Twelve Smells of Christmas – Day Five: The Holly and the Ivy

It wasn’t until Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840, that the tradition of the Christmas tree began in Britain.  Before then, it was the holly and the ivy that were twined around banisters and railings in English homes. There were … Continue reading

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Twelve Smells of Christmas – Day Four: Virtual Gingerbread and Brooklyn Zen

My first attempt (age 13) at a gingerbread house construction was a failure because I could not decide which of the walls of my gingerbread house were load bearing, with the result that the whole construction site met with a … Continue reading

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Twelve Smells of Christmas – Day Two: The Smell of Falling Snow

The smell of snow is one of the most ethereal smells on earth.  It’s very difficult to catch, being essentially frozen water and ozone, and I can’t think of  many perfumes that even try.  Of course, one famous house did … Continue reading

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That’s Another Fine Bottle You’ve Gotten Me Into

To misquote the immortal Oliver Hardy, who was generally accusing his comedy partner Stan Laurel of being the prime instigator of their continual disasters.  With me, it’s my brain. Why? Because my Brain thinks it’s intelligent. The Brain thinks it’s … Continue reading

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A Minuet for Mignonette

If you’ve ever cruised through the Wrightsman Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you notice one thing at once. The colors are different, different from 21st century Pantone shades, strikingly so. I used to think, because of age and … Continue reading

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Count Alfred D’Orsay and the Elusiveness of…..

The one difficulty in Brideshead Revisited (okay, there are a lot of difficulties in Brideshead Revisited, but I’m only interested in one of them) is the question Sebastian Flyte’s charm. We are assured that he has it, repeatedly, but  somehow … Continue reading

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Swell Parties Full of Smells

Wouldn’t it be nice to be in Cesena, Italy on the 17th of November?  Then you could go to the Scent Bar and have a true synesthetic experience all day, because Hilde Soliani is going to be there along with … Continue reading

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