The story of Guerlain, part the first.
With funding from Parkinson’s UK and the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Barran’s team has already collected more than 800 samples of sebum, an oily substance secreted by skin, swabbed from the backs of volunteers. In preliminary tests they’ve found several molecules that are elevated in people with Parkinson’s disease. Together, the molecules could create a diagnostic fingerprint for the disease.
— Joy Milne thought her husband smelled different, starting about six years before he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Scientists are paying attention; read more at You Can Smell When Someone's Sick—Here's How at National Geographic.
What do we talk about when we talk about smell? Mostly other things. English speakers frequently describe a scent according to what it reminds us of, not using a specific name for the odor itself. [...]
But because a thing might hold true for Westerners or English speakers does not mean it is universal to the human experience. [Linguists Nicole Kruspe and Asifa Majid] are studying hunter-gatherer cultures in Asia, where people take a very different approach to odors. In 2014, Majid discovered that people who speak the Jahai language named odors as easily as English speakers identify colors.
— Read more at These hunter-gatherers are probably better at naming scents than you at The Washington Post.
Izzy Bizu for Cacharel Yes I Am.
When you’re a novice, you presume that every ingredient comes from a flower or a field, but some are now bio-mimicry. My reaction to that type of thing is, “Oh, my God, it’s terrible. It’s the devil. What is that? Synthetic?”
But when you consider water sourcing or shipping halfway across the world, there are a million arguments for and against a real rose and a bio-mimicked rose being better for the planet. So you try to make the more mindful decision.
— From Stella McCartney on scents, responsibility and the relaunch of her Peony fragrance at the Los Angeles Times.