Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Paper Passion, Perfume for Book Lovers

               We develop a sense of smell early in the womb from the surrounding amniotic fluid, our first perfume, bonding us to mother's milk.   Early to arrive and often late to leave, the sense of smell is a messenger.   "The smell of a freshly printed book is the best smell in the world," writes Karl Lagerfeld, head of Chanel and contributor to a recently launched book and perfume. Aging paper and ink seem a luxurious fragrance of that reading memory when mind and imagination snuggle against worlds where we belong.