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Fit for an Ageless Renaissance Queen: Eau de La Reine de HongrieFit for an Ageless Renaissance Queen: Eau de La Reine de Hongrie

1001 Past Tales 11/29/16 09:40 (7 comments)

"She had no sooner taken the spindle, which was very sharp, that she became a little dizzy, and, moreover, as the fairy order had ordered it thus, she pierced her hand and fell fainting. The good old woman, very embarrassed, shouted for help: help comes from all sides, one throws water into the princess's face, one loosens her clothes, one strikes her in the hands, one rubs her temples with Water Of the Queen of Hungary; But nothing made her come round."  ... (more)

Can an Eau de Toilette retain youth and beauty enough to make men hanker after you well into your 70s? The Queen of Hungary possessed one such secret recipe, the tale of which we explore in this es...

Cologne Drinks: Ingesting a LegendCologne Drinks: Ingesting a Legend

1001 Past Tales 10/31/16 07:07 (8 comments)

Elvis Costello and the Attractions spat it out plain as day: "And you're drinking down the Eau de Cologne. And you're spitting out the Kodachrome. You better watch your step." So what if you poured that bottle of eau de cologne not onto your freshly-bathed flesh but down your oesophagus and into your stomach? As many Russian testimonies will manifest it could be the recipe for an early death. According to Sarah Boseley and Luke Harding reporting for The Guardian i... (more)

From destitute working-class Russians to well-heeled society ladies in Western Europe Eau de Cologne drinking has actually been a habit with long legs in history. We explore the whys and hows.

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Declaring War on Body Odor: a Brief History of Deodorization1001 Past Tales 07/23/16 05:43 (17 comments)

Battling bodily stink has been a long and arduous process in the history of mankind, but never has it been more aggressive than during the 20th century.

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Medieval Chypre Scents: Oiselets de Chypre or the Mysterious Cyprus Birdies

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Pomander for the Brain: The Stimulation of the Mind through Scented Objects

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A Saintly Aroma: Scents of Heaven

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The odor of sanctity interweaves scents of rose, of violet, of myrrh. of soap...into a puzzle of not quite expected dimensions!

A Diabolical Whiff: Scents of Hell

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