Ephemera Guide: Maidens, Princesses, and Books

Hello, dearies, the next instalment of the Lost History of Women in Science will be coming out tomorrow. See Part I here. Until then, I wanted to hold you over with some book and blog suggestions to keep you occupied in the meantime. In the spirit of this month’s theme, they are focused on science,…

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,…

Recommended Reading: Heavenly Bodies

If you are in the market for a coffee table book that will certainly get people talking, I can not recommend enough Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs by Paul Koudounaris. This photo-heavy book explores the surviving examples of Catacomb Saints. What’s a Catacomb Saint you say? 

An Apple of Whale Poop a Day Keeps The Black Death at Bay

If you are a lover of perfumes, you have many joys, one of them is getting to explain the mystical substance known as Ambergris to the unsuspecting.  Aged Ambergris (literally gray amber) has an earthy mildly marine sweetness. Think of warm, sea-salted skin after a day of sailing.