Devon Aoki for Moschino Toy 2.
In 2012, Lucia Jacobs, an animal behaviorist at Berkeley, proposed that the size of the olfactory bulb, the neural structure that helps all animals smell, was less about "odorant discrimination and acuity" and more about navigation. Her paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggested that this reasoning explained why there was a pattern in the scale of olfactory bulb sizes in animals, even those that relied more on their eyes than their noses to survive.
— Read more at Your sense of direction is intrinsically linked to your sense of smell at MNN.
Julia Stegner for Simply Jil Sander Eau Poudrée.
In Assam, reputed to be India’s agarwood capital , the adaptability of the critically endangered trees to oil-contaminated agricultural plots and its proliferation in home gardens, have raised hopes of conserving the embattled species, amid the absence of a policy to support agar cultivation and industry.
“Growth and adaptation of agar plants in polluted sites means this species has a capacity to tolerate the metallic and hydrocarbon pollution. So, plantation of agarwood in polluted sites is a profitable business for both conservation and restoration of degraded soil,” Hemen Sarma of the department of botany at N N Saikia College, Titabar, Assam, told Mongabay-India.
— Read more at Home gardens and polluted fields are helping conserve this perfume source at Mongabay.
One thing that has changed is the perfume industry itself, which [Le Labo co-founder Eddie] Roschi says has become crowded and oversaturated. As such he is considering reducing the amount of fragrances Le Labo offers...
“I used to smell everything that came out, especially when I walked through duty-free [stores]. Now I just walk through without even looking up. That being said, the fact that the market is saturated doesn’t mean there’s no space for new ideas,” he says.
— Read more at Cult perfume brand Le Labo and the chemistry – personal and actual – behind its success at South China Morning Post.