A Look (or a Sniff) Back at 2018


Now that I’m finally sitting down to write my first post of 2019, I’m going to look back at the year 2018 as I experienced it through perfume. Here are my thoughts and reminiscences, in no particular order.

Some things were business as usual, in a very positive way: I wrote bi-weekly reviews for Now Smell This and semi-regular posts here. My most-read Perfume Professor post of 2018 was 5 Perfumes for a Cold Spell.

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New Year’s Eve: Yves Saint Laurent Champagne (1993)


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Happy New Year! Are you greeting 2019 with a Champagne toast? I’ll be celebrating at a friend’s place and there’s a good chance we’ll be enacting this ritual.


I haven’t decided on my fragrance for the evening yet, but if I owned any Yves Saint Laurent Champagne, I’d dab on a few drops. This feminine fragrance was launched in 1993 and joined a line-up of several other remarkable YSL fragrances, including Opium (1977), Rive Gauche (1971), and Paris (1983).

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Passing Fancies ~ December 2018

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Is it already mid-December?!

Reading: I’m in the middle of Edwidge Danticat’s remarkable novel The Dew Breaker, from a recent Boxwalla “book box.”

Audio: After hearing a recent interview with Dolly Parton on NPR, I’m finally digging deeper into her impressive musical output. Better late than never!

Art: I need to get tickets to the Andy Warhol show at the Whitney.

Video: “The Kindergarten Teacher” with Maggie Gyllenhaal

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Scratch ‘n’ Sniff: “Moodie” Stickers with a Perfume Theme (1983)




Were scratch ‘n’ sniff stickers popular when you were in grade school?

They were certainly a craze at my school for a year or two, and I owned a small album where I carefully arranged my own collection of colorful aromatic decals. If these “Extravagant Moodies” had been available, I would have loved them…

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