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It kind of surprised me, again. I do live in a moderate continental climate, four seasons and all, but still! Dusky, chilly mornings when you draw in a breath of the crispy smell of Autumn, the olfactory vision of wet ground, cinnamon-colored leaves, rays of sunshine weaving through the clouds, earthy and woody scents soothing your nose: just recently I was reminiscent of Summer, clinging to fresh notes, desperately in need of “Vitamin Sea”. And here comes the rain again, falling on my head like a memory, falling on my head like a new emotion…

the smell of books
“There is nothing like the smell of books, both new and old. If someone ever bottled the smell, I would be all over it.”

Well, someone did. Not only bottled it as perfume, but there are also candles and home sprays as well.
I’ve heard people say: “I just can’t read electronic books. I miss the smell, the paper under my fingertips, the soft sound of pages turning…”

Can we do something to change that experience? Reading electronic books does not mean we have to give up on one of the most wonderful scents in the world – the smell of books.

There are many home and beauty products out that evoke the book smell: book-scented candles, fragrances, and home sprays, with a combination of woody notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla or leather over an underlying mustiness…and more. The range is fascinating: from the inky scent of new books to the leathery tone of old libraries or a touch of mildew mixed with a trace of jasmine in mothballs and wet paper antique smell.

What if I told you that we can recreate not only your favorite book but also the characters and events described? Yes, we can do just that!
Just close your eyes and think about fragrances that stir from your memory when you think about that special book: we’ll find the match…

Ladies, if you wish to get that scent all over you, try CB Hate Perfume – “In The Library”, for example.

It feels like: woody, with a hint of leather

Created by: Christopher Brosius

If you would like to recreate that sweet smell of a library, a specific book, or atmosphere at your home or office (or a book store, for that matter) – that’s possible. Just as you have carefully designed visual elements of your home or a workplace, tactile, and musical ambiance, do not miss to create an olfactory experience you will enjoy and be remembered by.

The Plum Girl

Elena Cvjetkovic

Photo: Johanna Goodyear @Dreamstime

 

Fig is a fruit without a visible flower, a symbol of blessing and prosperity in the ancient world, a symbol of sexuality and modesty in the Renaissance, and a lovely perfume note today. 

My practical friends praise their home-made fig jams, yet Plato was more interested in their mental-stirring qualities, claiming that figs stimulate intelligence. I am blessed with a big fig tree in my summer cottage back yard – the smell and the taste of freshly picked figs served on a terrace overlooking the sea is my beloved summer morning ritual and olfactory thrill.
Now that Autumn is nearing, fig scents can offer a welcome reminder of summertime sensuality. Did you notice that the whole fruit resembles male genitalia, but when cut in half-female ones?
The best fig-centered fragrances balance the warmer and cooler tonalities and recreate just that ambient I describe, of cool green shade on a hot summer day, underneath a luscious fig tree, pine scent mixing with salty sea air, while cicadas are loudly singing.
Miss that sensual feeling of a late August night? Find your favorite fig scented perfume! Here are some suggestions/designers mostly.

Fig-themed fragrances: Womanity Thierry Mugler, Figue Molinard, Marc Jacobs Splash Fig, Nude Coconut Fig Victoria`s Secret, Pierre Cardin pour Homme l’Intense, Eau Soleil Biotherm, Crystal Noir Versace, Aromadisiac for Him Avon, Jacadi Fille Jacadi, Velvet Vetiver Dolce&Gabanna, Italian Summer Fig The Body Shop, Armani Prive Figuier Eden Giorgio Armani, Womanity Eau pour Elles Thierry Mugler, Womanity Les Parfums de Cuir Thierry Mugler, Eau Parfumee au The Rouge Bvlgari, Figuier & Osmanthus L`Occitane en Provence, The Taste of Fragrance Womanity Thierry Mugler, Rare Sapphires Avon, Enchant Marks, and Spencer, Le Parfum Resort Collection Elie Saab, Agua Verde Salvador Dali, Good Life Davidoff…and many more.

The Plum Girl

Elena Cvjetkovic

Photo: The Plum Girl archive – figs served for breakfast, August 2016.