A Whiff on the Wild Side: Confessions of a Vintage Perfume Addict

It was a few years ago when I was the editor of a women's pop culture website that I started writing about perfume on my blog, YesterdaysPerfume.com. Trying to be discreet in the middle of an open office, I'd pop open a tiny one-milliliter vial of the decanted perfume du jour and dab it on my wrist with its plastic… » 12/07/13 5:00pm 12/07/13 5:00pm

This Is What Vaginal Odor Looks Like, and It's Not Pretty

Everyone knows that it is our womanly duty to keep our lady area smelling fresh and feminine at all times. So it's quite helpful of this Malaysian ad for pads to remind us that vaginal odors are disgusting creatures that need to be fought off with a fierceness. According to Copyranter, the little monster is supposed… » 7/02/12 10:00am 7/02/12 10:00am

Eau de Macbook, the Fragrance for Truly Obsessive Apple Fans

Searching for a way to recreate that potent mix of ecstasy and guilt at having blown a hundreds of dollars in a single transaction that comes from purchasing a new Apple product? Looking to become a total geek magnet? Then try a spritz of the new fragrance that captures the scent of a Macbook when it's first removed… » 4/19/12 12:00pm 4/19/12 12:00pm

The New Power Perfumes: You'll Smell Like Your Mom And Like It

Apparently, along with our newfound love of 80's power dressing, we're all enamored of heavy, potent, Reagan-era perfumes » 11/04/08 1:20pm 11/04/08 1:20pm, too. You know: Shalimar, Opium, Poison and a bunch of new ones that just smell like them. In general, I'm kind of baffled by these mysterious forces that are supposed to be dictating all our…

How Do You Describe Something You Can't See, Feel, or Hear?

So there's a story by Jim Lewis on Slate about perfume. Not just about perfume, though — about writing about perfume. The story is linked to a book called Perfumes: The Guide, by husband and wife team Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. I used to write about music, which I always thought was really tough; somehow the… » 5/01/08 4:00pm 5/01/08 4:00pm