In the complex and fascinating world of artisan perfumery niche brands, shops are places of olfactory hedonism, a gateway to a different Universe. Just recently, on a rainy day, I found myself in one, soothed by soft lights, meticulously displayed perfume bottles, and obligatory “lounge” corner – in Zagreb, Croatia.
What a difference a small fruit made! Tangerine!
Yesterday, on a rainy Autumn Saturday, I went briefly to the nearest open market, desperately in need of Vitamin C. The past week was hectic, and while I tremendously enjoy workout and dancing, the last training I had with long series of side abs obliques workout left me feeling my each and every rib, my whole rib cage sore with muscle pain.
As I walked into the market and lifted my umbrella, a sudden rush of orange color was all around me. It is the season of mandarins, fresh, bright orange, citrus’n’honey smelling, little balls of sunshine and sweetness! The benches in the open-air market were filled with them, big heaps of mandarines, some still with leaves and branches, just picked, brightening up the day.
On my way home I peeled one tangerine and left the peels in the open bag: that sweet smell in the car already made me feel better. It took me away, bringing back an old olfactory memory.
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”.
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
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. The sensuous smell of figs!