Category Archives: Bad Smells

For Perfumers There is No Bad Smell

“As one who writes about cologne, you owe it to yourself to read the book,” a new friend told me recently. He was talking about Chandler Burr’s The Emperor of Scent, and he was surprised I hadn’t read it. The … Continue reading

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Bond No. 9: A Legacy of Bad Behavior

Bond No. 9’s Laurice Rahme has responded. See her letter at the end of the post. Just a couple months after the fragrance brand Bond No. 9 won me over again, I hear that the owner, Laurice Rahme, is being … Continue reading

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Polarizing Men’s Scents

I just read a great article on men’s fragrances by Denise Hamilton, a crime novelist who started writing a fragrance column for the Los Angeles Times. She takes us through the recent renaissance in men’s colognes in general and the … Continue reading

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The Ginkgo Problem: Butyric Acid

This blog is about smell and taste, but I usually focus on the good–or at least the scents and tastes that are intended to be good. But the other side can be just as interesting. Take the case of the … Continue reading

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Dueling Perfume Reviews

Critics don’t always agree. The Lush spinoff brand B Never Too Busy To B Beautiful is now defunct, but I couldn’t help digging up these two opposing reviews of the boldly named perfume, “Breath of God.” First, Hadley Freeman writing … Continue reading

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Great Packaging: The Perfumed Stink Bomb

When I was in high school, some jerk would bust a stink bomb in the hallways about once a week. For hours, the insufferable smell of sulphur would gag everyone within 100 yards while some kid snickered anonymously. The stink … Continue reading

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Le Labo’s AnOther 13 and Odor Blindness

I stopped by Barneys yesterday to check out Le Labo’s new scent: AnOther 13, a musk mixture made for AnOther Magazine. This was the first new fragrance from Le Labo since 2009’s Oud 27, so I was excited. But when … Continue reading

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