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A young maiden tripping gaily through a field of flowers

The perfume business — once a young maiden tripping gaily through a field of flowers, then for a long while a more mature lady navigating determined department-store demonstrators wearing smocks — has over the last 20 years or so gone terribly pear-shaped. Also apple, grapefruit, mushroom and Sichuan pepper-shaped. Some current formulations are indeed indistinguishable from salads.

— Alexandra Jacobs goes shopping at Twisted Lily and Atelier Cologne in Brooklyn. Read more at Notes of Orange, Apple and Brooklyn at the New York Times.