What interests you in perfume?

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(Image, l’Osmothèque) I’m working on a thee-part piece that asks: 1) Why Vintage?  2) Why ‘niche’?  3) Why mainstream? I’ve realized looking at my perfume collection that, with the exceptions

arts and crafts

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The line between fine art and decorative art is predictably easy to spot. The distinctions are clichéd and the inequalities are conspicuous. Sculpture is fine art. Rug making is decorative.

Against Opinion

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Actually, I have nothing against opinion per se. The question is how do we come by it and what do we do with it? I am all for knowing yourself

The Middle Child

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If you wear a certain perfume, particularly if it’s your signature scent, you’re less likely to see it as the runner-up in a perfume line. You might wear Champs Elysées by Guerlain.

Masculine Fragrances for Men

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I’ve read a few online discussions about gender and perfume recently. I love to see this because nowhere does gender seem more arbitrary than in perfumery. Now I love perfume,

Functional Perfume Genres, part 3

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(image sources unknown) 7)  Slippers and a Pipe When I get home from work I love to douse myself in perfume.  I’ll be showering straight away, so it’s about topnotes and

Functional Perfume Genres, part 2

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(image Betty Bacall, source unknown) 4) Look, Don’t Touch I very rarely wear perfume ‘for effect.’  I don’t wear perfume for other people or in order to communicate a state or

Functional Perfume Genres, part 1

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(Françoise Hardy–image source unknown) 1) The Unhurried Beauties are about charm and make me realize that I don’t usually wear perfume to feel more attractive.  I don’t usually use perfume to accent or