Fragrances and Cultures

Ancient Fragrant Lore: Ad Captandam Benevolentiae (Part 6)Ancient Fragrant Lore: Ad Captandam Benevolentiae (Part 6)

Fragrances and Cultures 03/02/15 17:37 (7 comments)

"Abandon perfumes and cosmetics. When you're ugly, you become less so without the aid of this prestigious art." —Martial, Epigrams , 1st century A.D. Grooming must have reached an apogee of artificial enhancements of human beauty for satirical poet Martial to be so caustic on the efforts made by his fellow Romans to appear more alluring. Setting my eye on the unguentaria (the flacons for carrying perfume) on display at the Villa Boscoreale, ... (more)

"Perfumes as well as the attention to bathing, hygiene and grooming become a hallmark of the Roman citizen."

Ancient Fragrant Lore: The Scents of the Bible (Part 5)Ancient Fragrant Lore: The Scents of the Bible (Part 5)

Fragrances and Cultures 01/04/15 02:18 (17 comments)

"And the Lord spake unto Moses saying: 'Take also for yourself the finest of spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two hundred and fifty, and of fragrant cane two hundred and fifty, and of cassia five hundred, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and of olive oil a hin. You shall make of it the Anointing Oil, a fragrant mix, the work of a perfumer.'" — The Holy Bible , E... (more)

"To God we are the aroma of the Messiah" -apostle Paul

Sight Unseen: The Power of Scent in the Dark

Sight Unseen: The Power of Scent in the DarkFragrances and Cultures 12/19/14 04:50 (19 comments)

"I’d hope to be as objective as possible, but there is no denying the fact that we are just naturally drawn to some smells more than others."

Twin Perceptions: Color and Scent: Part Five: Gold

Twin Perceptions: Color and Scent: Part Five: GoldFragrances and Cultures 12/01/14 21:48 (8 comments)

The final article in artist John Biebel's series exploring the connections between color and scent

Ancient Fragrant Lore: The Time of Alexander (Part 4)

Ancient Fragrant Lore: The Time of Alexander (Part 4)Fragrances and Cultures 09/29/14 13:08 (19 comments)

"Fragrance was the touch which brought everything to that peak of Bacchic revel that consolidated the exaggeration of baroque..."

Ancient Fragrant Lore: Of Classical Values (Part 3)

Ancient Fragrant Lore: Of Classical Values (Part 3)Fragrances and Cultures 08/24/14 19:37 (7 comments)

".. enjoy all things, including fragrance, in a manner that you control, lest they end up controlling you."

Ancient Fragrant Lore: the Embrace of the Aegean (Part 2)

Ancient Fragrant Lore: the Embrace of the Aegean (Part 2)Fragrances and Cultures 07/22/14 16:28 (11 comments)

"Greece naturally cast an eye into the aromatics of its own soil—herbal, tangy, austere and sensual in equal measure."

Ancient Fragrant Lore: from Egypt to the Eastern Mediterranean (Part 1)

Ancient Fragrant Lore: from Egypt to the Eastern Mediterranean (Part 1)Fragrances and Cultures 06/27/14 15:08 (15 comments)

"The mysteries of ancient perfumery hold plenty of fascination for contemporary perfume lovers as well as endless research potential."

Chutneys: Enjoy The Magic of Mix-In-The-Mouth

Chutneys: Enjoy The Magic of Mix-In-The-MouthFragrances and Cultures 05/09/14 15:59 (21 comments)

The flavor and smell of Indian chutneys.

Henna - A Tradition and Art

Henna - A Tradition and ArtFragrances and Cultures 03/31/14 13:26 (21 comments)

For centuries Henna has been used in cosmetic and healing capacities ...

Flowers in Traditions and Ceremonies in India

Flowers in Traditions and Ceremonies in IndiaFragrances and Cultures 01/02/14 05:04 (25 comments)

Nothing in India happens without flowers ...

Twin Perceptions: Color and Scent: Part Four: Fire

Twin Perceptions: Color and Scent: Part Four: FireFragrances and Cultures 10/08/13 12:30 (6 comments)

Part four in artist John Biebel's exploration of color and scent

Birch

BirchFragrances and Cultures 07/21/13 08:20 (15 comments)

"Many rituals of people living in the birch distribution area are connected to the birch tree."

Twin Perceptions: Color and Scent: Part Three: Black Lily

Twin Perceptions: Color and Scent: Part Three: Black LilyFragrances and Cultures 07/13/13 16:17 (12 comments)

The third installment in artist John Biebel's series exploring the connections between color and scent

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Pear TreePear Tree

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Amber - Captured SunshineAmber - Captured Sunshine

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Trick or Treat, keeping it sweet!Trick or Treat, keeping it sweet!

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Pomegranate - From The Gardens Of ParadisePomegranate - From The Gardens Of Paradise

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Date:  A Golden Harvest and A Fruit of HeavenDate: A Golden Harvest and A Fruit of Heaven

08/19/11 18:33 (29 comments)

GingerGinger

07/07/11 14:46 (12 comments)

Cinnamon:  A Sweet Western TraditionCinnamon: A Sweet Western Tradition

06/25/11 11:51 (10 comments)

Spicy Cinnamon in AsiaSpicy Cinnamon in Asia

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Peony - Good Fortune, Compassion, NobilityPeony - Good Fortune, Compassion, Nobility

06/11/11 00:00 (17 comments)

Wild Strawberry in RussiaWild Strawberry in Russia

06/03/11 12:11 (25 comments)

Jasmine in Different CulturesJasmine in Different Cultures

05/18/11 15:32 (39 comments)

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