Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Anoint your nasal brain/nostrils with ambrosia

which will it be

Illustration:  Lura Astor Bottle Series

Friday, July 18, 2014

I liked to call him Sean, his Irish name. It's a very masculine name, like him. He drank a lot and his pipe was part of him.

It reminded me of the way Father's jacket smelled. He was one of the extraordinary people my career gave me the opportunity to meet and know.

- Katharine Hepburn on director John Ford

I Know Where I'm Going: Katharine Hepburn, A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Flowers of Sleep

Flowers of Sleep

a phrase in Bali



photo: Garden Eels in Water haplochromis

Lolavie aniston

Sometime in 2010 I read of Jennifer Aniston's perfume in a blanket selling in conjunction with a blanket brand. Reading under the influence of tired, I read that she wants to make people smell neutral, but really, it's to make people smell natural.

As we now smell unnatural we need to add some natural. As long as it isn't neutered. Which I don't think it is because it is released by the Falic Group.

Branding describes Lolavie as “sexy and clean” and “floral, but not too flowery.”
Contradict me right back to neutrality baby.

Is it sexy clean like squeaky clean or clean then sexy or sexy then clean? Kind of like a laundry soap sexy and clean.

Lolavie has a story. “It’s a long story and honestly it’s too personal to tell,” Aniston says, “But it has special significance.”

Friggin' neutrality. PR successfully got her wrapped on a rock all over the world. I won't say anything, but, it's special. It's a ... special perfume for ... special ... people.

Lola Vie roughly translates into “laughing at life” in French.

Back home, back to reality, my toaster is envious of the blanket. It demands its own scent. Burnt Toast.

Here's the twist, to get around all this clean, no-personality, safe, "colorless luxury", Chandler Burr writes:

Unlike the old masterpieces, which cloaked the wearer in scent, new fragrances are lighter and more transparent, engineered to show you off.

Engineered to show us off. Show not smell.

I wanna smell us off! Feel like a D.A. (devil's advocate) and the D loves, loves, loves the scent of sulfur.


Unnatural or Natural smelling blankets at Woodstock? 
photo: Toaster Rainer Zenz
photo: Woodstock Mark Goff

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

cook up something artful

Martin smiled. “Yes, well, life is short and art is long. Perhaps we can cook up something artful.”

The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean

Salepi, sahlep, sahlab is a powder made from the root of an orchid plant, used in this Pagoto Kaimaki recipe, an orchid ice cream using gum mastic click here

That Smell - Can You Smell Your Self? The Peptides are Turning


Science shows that people recognize their own scent based on their combination of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) proteins. While we may not be able to pick our fingerprints out, our brain knows what we smell like.

Studies also reveal that individuals prefer different smells on others than they prefer on themselves, distinguishing between self and non-self.

Magnetic resonance imaging measures changes in our brains responding to smells of self and non-self peptides and scents amplify the natural aromas of different MHC types.

The Turning of the PepTides

So it seems that we choose scents that amplify our own MHC peptides and favor perfumes/scents on another that amplify a non-self MHC type. 

Research continues to identify which receptors in the nose sense MHC proteins. And the physiology of our complete smell package, including our microbiomes, the collection of microbes living in and on us, will help identify body odor preferences.

Can You Smell Yourself? Sarah C. P. Williams, 22 January 2013 click here for link

That Smell    - Lynard Skynard

Whiskey bottles, and brand new cars
Oak tree you're in my way
There's too much coke and too much smoke
Look what's going on inside you
Ooooh that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooooh that smell
The smell of death surrounds you

Angel of darkness is upon you
Stuck a needle in your arm
So take another toke, have a blow for your nose
One more drink fool, will drown you
Ooooh that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooooh that smell
The smell of death surrounds you

Now they call you Prince Charming
Can't speak a word when you're full of 'ludes
Say you'll be all right come tomorrow
But tomorrow might not be here for you
Ooooh that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooooh that smell
The smell of death surrounds you

Hey, you're a fool you
Stick them needles in your arm
I know I been there before

One little problem that confronts you
Got a monkey on your back
Just one more fix, Lord might do the trick
One hell of a price for you to get your kicks
Ooooh that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooooh that smell
The smell of death surrounds you
Ooooh that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooooh that smell
The smell of death surrounds you