The Great Stink of London

What happens when a city of 3 million inhabitants has a sewer system that serves 1 million? The Great Stink! But can stench alone kill?

Chatting with Courtney & Laura from I Heart Dead Things

A few weeks ago I had the privilege to sit down and have an amazing chat with Courtney Iseman and Laura Wasson over at the I Heart Dead Things Podcast we talked all things death, olfaction, and dived into some of my work that has appeared recently in Order of the Good Death and Death and the…

The Death/Scent Reading List

Over the last year I have had several requests for more information and deeper reads on subjects brought up on the blog. So after banging around my shelves a bit, here is the Death/Scent reading list. Some of them are staples of both olfactive and death literature, others are weird and wonderful deep cuts.  This…

The Perfumed Mummy (Egypt Part IV)

Now we reach the intersection of material culture, belief systems, and death with the physical preparation of the body, which used many aromatic ingredients. The creation of the archetypical Egyptian mummy was a complex evolution that embraced the olfactive elements of the putrid and the divine.

The Lost History of Women in Chemistry: The First Alchemist

This is the second post in DS&LG’s Women’s History Month series, The Lost History of Women in Chemistry, to see Part I: The First Perfumer click here   In the Indie perfume universe, the word alchemy pops up a lot. It graces the title of several popular companies. It also tends to be the word…

The Lost History of Women in Chemistry:The First Perfumer

Today is International Women’s Day, and all of March is Women’s History Month in the US, so I thought it would be a splendid time to talk about the lost history of women in the sciences, specifically in chemistry and perfume. Perhaps lost isn’t the right word. We didn’t lose most of these incredible women,…

Mummy Powder Incense (Egypt Part II)

To the modern Westerner, incense is the friend of the pothead teenager and long-time companion of the hippy.  Incense is perhaps the oldest form of human scent manufacturing, however.