Tag: Perfumes and Fragrances

Head Cones in Ancient Egyptian Graves Cap Archaeological Debate

Painted throughout ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics are scenes of people at boisterous banquets. On top of the dark, braided heads of some revelers sat peculiar white cones. Archaeologists have long puzzled over the purpose of the mysterious headgear, and whether they were real items worn by people, or just iconographic ornaments, like halos crowning saints in […]

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Why Does Everything Smell, So Peacefully, of Lavender?

Not long ago Erin Wexstten, the 35-year-old founder of Oxalis Apothecary, a plant-based skin care brand, ticked off all the ways she uses lavender in her life. “I personally have lavender everywhere,” she said. “Hand soap, dish soap. I have sachets you stick in the drawer. It makes the underwear smell nice. Dried bunches. They […]

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The Perfume Entrepreneur Mining Musical Subcultures

“I could play you a track to tell you how it smells,” says Tomi Ahmed, the co-founder of Iiuvo, an experimental fragrance brand that tests the limits of what a perfume can be. The 29-year-old is describing Woodgrain, one of a trio of scented candles that kick-started the company he set up with his friend […]

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Chloë Sevigny Will Make New York Smell Better

ImageCreditMolly Matalon for The New York Times Chloë Sevigny, the art house queen and fashion muse, has been justly acclaimed for her nuanced and wide-ranging performances — most memorably, perhaps, the contemporary polygamist in “Big Love,” the party girl in “The Last Days of Disco” and the perky secretary in “American Psycho.” Probably it’s no […]

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Could This Be the End of Frankincense?

For thousands of years, cultures around the world have revered the sweet aroma of frankincense. In Ancient Egypt, embalmers stuffed it inside the bodies and tombs of pharaohs and queens and its ashes were ground into eyeliner. Religious texts say rabbis burned it as offerings in Jerusalem’s temples, the three biblical Magi gifted it to […]

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Decoding Secret Florence

ImageBeatrice Albrici at her home in Florence, Italy. Her antique store next door, which opened in 1961, features home furnishings to fashion.CreditClara Vannucci for The New York Times Florence is accustomed to invaders. The French, the Spanish, the Austrians, the British on the Grand Tour and the international tourist hordes in their cargo shorts and […]

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