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

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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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