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... Continue Reading →

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. With a documented history of over 7,000 years, we were making this stuff for 3,000 years before we finally got around to domesticating the cat. Those scented... Continue Reading →

Sacred Scent Business (Egypt Part I)

There is no perfume culture with more mystery or confusion than that of the ancient Egyptians. Their perfume production wasn't the oldest in the world nor the most sophisticated, yet the mystique of Egypt drips with fragrance. Perhaps it was because perfume and cosmetics played such a vital role in everyday life. The popular image of the... Continue Reading →

History & Alchemy?

History and Alchemy is devoted to the myth and history of scent production. We'll explore how rare and beautiful scents became commodities, grave goods, and items of legend. The first post in this section will appear tomorrow which is based on the events depicted above. Any guesses as to what is brewing?

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