My latest post on Now Smell This is a review of three fragrances from Yosh Han’s YOSH line: Sottile, Ginger Ciao, and Omnistar.
You can read it here.
I’ll be giving a “show and smell” presentation titled “Making Scents of Studio 54,” about perfume in the disco era, online via the Brooklyn Museum on October 7, 2020. (I’m very excited to be doing this talk as part of my “real” job!)
For more information and registration, please see here. Feel free to share this information with a friend who might be interested…!*Continue reading
The past few months have been…a lot to think about. America’s intense reckoning with its history of racism has touched every corner of our culture, even the perfume-internet. Lately I’ve felt all sorts of ups and downs while following these events’ various ripple effects within the fragosphere. A few examples:Continue reading
August 26 is International Dog Day, so they say. I’m much more of a cat person than a dog person, as you’ve probably gathered at some point, but I do love this old advertisement for Ralph Lauren’s Lauren. I don’t know whether the model is supposed to be waiting for a polo match to start, or just daydreaming, or what, but her dog is definitely keeping her company in the way that only a good pet can.
(Another reason this ad made me smile: I wore Lauren in my teens and I remember how beautiful it was.)
Wishing you a peaceful day with your own furry friends.
Reading: Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life by Marta McDowell, a wonderful combination of biography, (horti)cultural history, poetry, and period illustrations.
Audio: My friend T. and I have decided that this is a moment to revive the 1970s “easy listening” genre.
Video: We just started Lovecraft Country.Continue reading
I posted a 1960s advertisement for Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass fragrance (1934) a few weeks ago, when I was looking for a visual that evoked cool, grassy scents for summer. In that search, I found the ad above, which ran in several major women’s magazines in 1941.
It would be an understatement to say I was puzzled…Continue reading