Scent review: How fragrant plants weave their magic

From frankincense to cacao and vanilla, Scent: A natural history of fragrance shows how aromatic substances have helped shape human culture

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Fragrances from plants such as roses help make established and new perfumes

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Scent: A natural history of fragrance

Elise Vernon Pearlstine

Yale University Press

FOR countless people worldwide, their first inkling that they had covid-19 didn’t come from a test, but from something far more visceral: anosmia, the loss of the ability to smell.

Our sense of smell, and our understanding of it, helps us to navigate the world, protecting us from harm and adding to the joy of living in equal measures. Catching a whiff of mercaptan, the eggy-smelling chemical …

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