In 1921, perfumer Ernest Beaux discovered that adding synthetic aldehydes to natural rose and jasmine scents produced just the right fragrance combination for the iconic CHANEL No. 5 perfume. Today, perfume makers have more than 3,000 synthetic scent molecules in their palettes. However, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of Read More →

7 Virtues Vanilla Woods $88 |Sephora, The latest scent from this Canadian brand is warm and delicate, brightened up with notes of pear. Phlur Hanami $95 | Sephora, Sandalwood is the key note in this fresh blend, which also has fig and white florals. Clean Reserve Fragrance Layering $72 |Sephora, There are six travel sprays Read More →

A glass perfume bottle. TOOKAPIC / PUBLIC DOMAIN THERE’S A LINE IN GEORGE du Maurier’s novel Peter Ibbetson that perfectly encapsulates the relationship between odor and memory. Near the beginning of the story, the titular protagonist describes his childhood in France and scrupulously details the aromas of Paris. “For scents, like musical sounds, are rare sublimaters of the essence Read More →

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