Tag Archives: Dawn Spencer Hurwitz

Twelve Smells of Christmas – Day Eight: Wholly Myrrh

Most of the incense scents out there have a habit of replicating the experience of being in church for many of us, but some of them have a habit of reproducing particular churches at particular times. Now, a disclaimer-  for … Continue reading

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Missing Emeralds

“Aunt Alicia slid the great square emerald onto her slender finger and was silent for a moment. “Do you see…that nearly blue fire which burns at the heart of the green light…only the most beautiful emeralds contain that miracle of … Continue reading

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(Rose 13) – Roses, Take a Bow!

Since there have been a dozen rose posts, this might a good time to take a breather,  go back, and re-cap. For all the complaining that perfume consumers do about the industry these days, one thing is inescapably true: there’s … Continue reading

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(Rose 12) – Lovely Rose Pudding for Dinner…Again

What is the matter with Mary Jane? She’s perfectly well, and she hasn’t a pain, And it’s lovely rice pudding for dinner again! What is the matter with Mary Jane? A.A. Milne Some perfumers put a decidedly sweet spin on … Continue reading

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(Rose 7) – La Bee en Rose

“When I consider every thing that grows Holds in perfection but a little moment;” Shakespeare on beauty, probably human beauty, since it seems to have been a frequent melancholy observation of his that it’s fleeting. However, the observation’s just as … Continue reading

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The Drill Sergeant Perfume

Among the many tasks I have passed off to perfume in the recent decades, one is undeniably odd: the reinforcer of sagging will power. It does sound peculiar and admittedly most people probably don’t associate perfume with effort but consider, … Continue reading

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Upon a Midnight Clear

Sometimes in smelling all sorts of things you stumble over a creation that is simply beautiful.  In writing about holiday scents – which is a difficult thing to do because there’s a jumble of scents tumbling about houses during the … Continue reading

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Generational Snift and How to Avoid It

“It’s an old lady perfume!” is the dreaded judgment frequently handed down by young and (youngish) reviewers. Generally this classification is given to chypres which the neophyte perfumistas seldom appreciate.  It takes time to cotton to ingredients like oak moss, … Continue reading

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Forest Floorlevel

It has not escaped the attention of certain perfumers that a lot of the public likes the smell of dirt.  We tend to like it instinctively, e.g.  my daughter and her friends and our cellar, and often gravitate to “something … Continue reading

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The Bee’s Eye View

Once upon a time, as a matter of fact quite some considerable time ago, Guts and I lived in Vermont.  I almost said that we inhabited it because then the state actually contained more cows than humans then. As you … Continue reading

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