LOOK WHAT I’VE HAD IN MY FAMILY SINCE 1888 I CAN’T EVEN
auntiespaz has a question for us:
I have a question for all you fellow partakers in bibliopornography. I have an obsession with “old book smell” and I find myself describing the different textures of the smells of all my old books. For example: I have a book of old music from 1944 and its scent is distinctly spicy. Does anyone else do this?
— Joseph Joubert
The Sweet Smell of Dusty Books…
The most popular scent in perfumer Christopher Brosius’s “I Hate Perfume” collection is “In the Library,” which smells like old, dusty books. “My work is really about things that really do smell wonderful, but don’t have a lot of the properties that commercial perfumes do,” he said. NPR’s All Things Considered noted that Brosius “blends and bottles all of his scents by hand in his workshops. The process may be labor-intensive, but it allows him to create singular scents that can’t be mass-produced.”
Sometimes it hurts me, but in fact, I really love damaged things. I have the impression they lived several lifes through centuries, and it’s awesome.