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Friday, September 26, 2008

Forget “Chanel No. 5,” Try “In the Library”

New York perfumer Christopher Brosius has created a fragrance he calls “In the Library,” according to the Intelligent Life blog ("He Hates Perfume: Swearing Off the Bottle," Sept. 18, 2008). Brosius, who owns CB I Hate Perfume, a perfumery in the Williamsburg section of New York City, has a unique philosophy that “great fragrances are unimposing and genderless, and they should harmonize with a person's natural odor.”

On the shelves of his shop there are 350 vials with names such as “Rhubarb Leaf,” or “Crayon,” which Brosius uses to help his customers create specialty scents. The “In the Library” fragrance includes a blend that Brosius describes as "First Edition, Russian and Moroccan Leather, Binding Cloth and a hint of Wood Polish."

Curious how more traditional scents are made or how to make your own? You can browse these books:

Perfumes: The Guide by Luca Turin

The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York
by Chandler Burr

The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell
by Luca Turin

Essence and Alchemy: A Book of Perfume by Mandy Aftel

A Scented Palace: The Secret History of Marie Antoinette’s Perfumer
by Elisabeth de Feydeau

Do you have a favorite scent? Would “In the Library” appeal to you?

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