Friday, September 30, 2011

Time in a Bottle

If I could save time in a bottle

The first thing that I'd like to do

Is to save every day
'Til eternity passes away

Just to spend them with you

- Jim Croce
Time in a Bottle

sung to the same song ...
If I could have sex in a bottle

our marketing leads to the same thing of course
promises, promises, promises

Arpege taglines:
promise her anything ... but give her Arpege


No bottles to break – just hearts!

Illustration: Perfume Bridge Lura Astor

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Star Date September 2011
somewhere known as California the Golden State

Mid-sleep, the sense of smelling ambergris

message from the whales
a nice feeling
I layer it with fragrance when I awake

Check out Scentual Antiquities ambergris click here 

painting of Sperm Whale Scarred Giant by Chris Harman

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

olfactory diagnosis may become mainstream

Say ahhhhhh
let's smell your breath,
your skin, your eliminations, your toes

Healers, midwives, medical professionals
have long documented the use of smell in pre-diagnosis

Why Ida Meister, working in the fields of oncology and neuroscience, loves her amygdala click here

I've heard doctors speak of smelling ketones on the breath of diabetics ...

"... early stages of basal-cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, can be detected by analysing the odour of a person’s skin using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry ....

Dr. Buszewski is now tweaking his device so that it works with the bio-marker profiles of a range of diseases.

If he can do this successfully, olfactory diagnosis could become mainstream without a wagging tail in sight."

read here - Olfactory Diagnostics: Smelling Bad
   The Economist 28 August 2008   click here

photo: Greenman Lura Astor

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sniffer Rats and Tuberculosis Detection

More on sniffer hero rats-
this time detecting tuberculosis
a disease still with us

Only 50% of the patients with TB are diagnosed. 
Left untreated, a person with active TB can infect 10-15 new people each year.

sniffer rats sniffing landmines click here

Saturday, September 24, 2011

scent bomb bombykol

Scent bombykol
is the sex pheromone
secreted by female silkworm moths
when sexually available
and it gets the male silkworms
doing the flutter dance

"It is smell, therefore, that guides the Moths, that gives them information at a distance".

click here for a great article and pictures

photo: bombyx mandarina Reanimator86

Friday, September 23, 2011

chili smoke singe

smell of autumnal
roadside chile roasters
spinning smoked scent
singes nostrils and memory

When in New Mexico, thinking
"a chile is a chile"
is just  ha ha ha ha ha ha

Happy Autumnal Equinox!

photo: Yellow Leaves Lura Astor 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

botanical poisoners

Dr. Anderson    We drank, and Price just fell to the floor.

Bergerac     What made you think it was, uh, poison?

Dr. Anderson    Well that’s the funny thing … the smell  

Coroner Dr. Rodgers    What we have here is common old garden poisoning … in this case we have an intelligent adult, a respected financier, a pillar of society here on Jersey, dying from the poison … hemlock …. Grows in marshes and ditches. Looks like sickly cow parsley.

Dr. Anderson     The effect of hemlock is instantaneous. It must have been administered by someone at the ceremony.

Dr. Rodgers     It must be 150 years since someone was last murdered with hemlock. Jersey has its very own Lucretia Borgia!

-from Bergerac/Poison February 1987 

Don't just put it in your mouth - some plants look alike but one is poison. 
- Advice from the 1970's, learning to harvest free plant edibles growing wild in cities and countrysides.

Remember recipes from Stalking the Wild Asparagus by Euell Gibbons ... cattail pollen flour and more?


Wicked Plants: Botanical Rogues & Assassins
through 30 October 2011
San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers


The dose makes the poison -Paracelsus

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


The color alone seemed a form of wealth.

The landscape was gentle, and the deep green grass made me feel mellower:

to have seen this was to have discovered a part of this poor country in which people lived in contentment, with space and a mild climate.

- Paul Theroux The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas 1979

photo: Big Sun Lura Astor

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

ahhh the smell of sulfur - thus all the fart jokes in the world?

I prefer matches, thank you.I love the smell of sulfur.

- from The Two Jakes 1990 Paramount Pictures, Richard Farnsworth, Jack Nicholson

Check Out

and down the hall they complain

more on sulfur      vi-eggra? men get sulfur?

Stewart Matthew collaborates with renowned fragrance designer Christophe Laudamiel and composers Nico Muhly and Valgeir Sigurdsson

huffers, volcanic ash, the smell of aliphatic hydrocarbons

steam locomotives and beautiful perfume 

green aria      includes podcast

Friday, September 9, 2011

Niki de Saint Phalle - DC

Niki de Saint Phalle's larger-than-life sculptures are now in Washington DC; to date, the only major outdoor sculpture corridor in our nation’s capital by a woman. Through October 2011 on New York Avenue NW, between 12th &13th
click here 

Known for her sense of color and playfulness, Niki de Saint Phalle died in 2002 but her work lives on in her famous sculptures, whimsical gardens and grottos throughout the world, and in her perfumes in sculpted bottles. 

Her Tarot Garden in Tuscany, Italy Il Giardino dei Tarrochi click here

FREE EVENT  Those in Washington DC on Saturday 10 September 2011 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts for all ages 11AM-5PM. Materials are provided to create Niki-inspired works click here 


photos:  Niki de Saint Skull
Niki de Saint Phalle's Queen Califia Patty Mooney

Thursday, September 8, 2011

bear this in nose

A  bear's nose picks up 100 times our scent.

There is a documentary on the negotiation of space between animals and humans, especially in regard to housing developments and land useage. Park rangers state that it is easier to train one bear than 1,000 humans.

I've spoken to people who smelled the strong smell of bear in the outback, but have never smelled it myself. Meanwhile, in summer heat bears come down to soak in Los Angeles foothill jacuzzis.

photo: Wildpark Bad Mergentheim

Thursday, September 1, 2011

hanging around to be smelled


I smelled her

awake from a dream with this phrase,
love the play on the verb, for smelled
moves in both directions
he smelled her, his nose going into the skin, and,
the smell came in from a distance, to be smelled.

Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto adds scents of spices
within his suspended, sculpted shapes.
His installations fill space and invite interaction as
viewers are sniffers as well as touchers.

at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome click here and here

at the Armory New York City click here and here for slides