Discoveries at Fragranze 15 (Part 2)

Dear friends, I began last week to report about the Fragranze 2017 artistic perfumery fair held in September in Florence and highlighted my fragrant discoveries. Too many to pack on one weekly post and this is why this second part is just the continuation of last week’s post. Miller et Bertaux was a revelation to me,…

Camphor Tree

Camphor Tree. Cousin of cinnamon and laurel, you are a sacred tree in the Far East. Your hardwood makes the most precious trunks,  protecting their content against all sort of pests. Your white crystallized blood, called camphor, was once upon a time a very precious substance. Without you, battlefields would have been covered with smoke, billiard…

Sakura

Sakura, sakura,              (Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,) Ya-yo-I-no so-ra-wa,         (In the Spring sky,) Mi-watasu kagiri               (as far as eyes can see) Ka-su-mi-ka ku-mo-ka,    (is it fog or is it a cloud?) Ni-o-i-zo i-zu-ru                …

Perfume Hunting in Tokyo

Japan is famous for its great food, natural hot springs, and so many other quality stuff that make a visit to this country a real pleasure. But what about the ones like us who can’t help looking for new fragrances in the midst of a shopping afternoon? Knowing that the Japanese are very considerate people who…

Umami

Sweet and salty, sour and bitter, are the four well-known tastes recognized by humans. The first two are associated with pleasurable sensations when the latter are usually warning signs for our body. The upper surface of our tongue is covered with thousands of small bumps which transmit such gustatory perception to our brain. It is just a little more than…