Year of the Dog 2018


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This week marks the lunar New Year, and in the Chinese calendar, it’s the Year of the Dog. What better time, I thought, to remind you that Oh My Dog! fragrance still exists?

Oh My Dog! was launched by the Paris-based brand Dog Generation in 2000 and, yes, it’s a perfume for dogs. It was “tested under the supervision of veterinarians and dermatologists” and it’s described as “unisex.”

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Romantic Aromas at The Lucky HoneyBee


I’ve been purchasing products by The Lucky HoneyBee since the 2012 holiday season, so I’ve had plenty of time to get to know the HoneyBee herself, Melissa Buesing. I was very happy when she recently set up a new studio right here in Jersey City, because I’d be able to shop very locally. And when she invited me to teach a class or workshop in the studio one Saturday this winter, I was delighted.

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Perfumed Pages: Virginia Woolf’s Birthday


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Woolf in 1927

January 25 is Virginia Woolf’s birthday—she was born in 1882 and died in 1941, leaving us a body of work that’s still essential reading.

Woolf herself was known to dislike perfume, as I’ve learned from Catherine Maxwell’s Scents and Sensibility: Perfume in Victorian Literary Culture. However, she was keenly sensitive to scent in the natural world. A few years ago, Victoria of Bois de Jasmin wrote a post about Woolf in 2014 that includes a beautiful smell-related quotation from Mrs. Dalloway; you can read it here.

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