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Help me understand fragrance: Hermes edition.

Do you use Hermes perfumes? Do you like them? Can you explain them to me? I'm not a typical perfume wearer. I recently tried the Hermes fragrance Un Jardin Sur Le Toit at a friend's house and I really liked it. Then I started googling and found myself in a world of top notes, drydowns, accords, and other things where I don't even know what the words mean, much less how to understand them. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Dec 24, 2013 - 13 answers

The modulation of our sense of smell

How and why do we become accustomed to smells? What makes some odours personally super-pungent one day and unnoticed 'background noise' later on, despite the smell remaining objectively unchanged? [more inside]
posted by peacay on May 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Oh new shower curtains, glossy book pages, and auto-body shops: why do I love your aromas so?

Oh new shower curtains, glossy book pages, and auto-body shops: why do I love your aromas so? [more inside]
posted by tamagogirl on Sep 14, 2011 - 14 answers

What else can be sensed passively?

What else can be sensed passively? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Jul 17, 2007 - 17 answers

How can a moth trace the source of pheromones up to 11 km away?

I read that the "silkworm moth can detect pheromones from other silkworms up to 11km away. The moths immediately fly towards the source." How is this possible? [more inside]
posted by Furious Fitness on Mar 1, 2006 - 13 answers

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