The cozy relationships between natural secretions and savory foods, or accidental emissions and eros, are well known to anyone who has nuzzled the dirty scalp of a loved one, but McGee lays out the molecular evidence for these desires. We might like to think we are most drawn to lovely, “clean” smells—laundry, linden blossoms, a eucalyptus breeze—but more often than not our greatest sensory delight comes from our most intimate, and most odiferous, nooks and crannies.
— Rachel Syme talks about Harold McGee's new book Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World’s Smells, and about Fragrantica, and fragrance writing in general, in How to Make Sense of Scents at The New Yorker.
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