August 8, 2015
Q: Sometimes when I come home from work, or especially when we return from a weekend trip or vacation, my wife and I smell a strange, pungent odor only at the back door. It goes away quickly so I never seem to figure out where it's coming from. Besides baking cookies or attacking the house with air fresheners before people come over, what should I do? - Jacob A: Though everyone's house has a particular scent, you are experiencing something called "olfactory fatigue.
March 27, 2015 |
In his recording career, Seattle's Mike Hadreas - stage name Perfume Genius - exhibits an incisive lyrical skill set that touches on the explicit and the interpersonal for an art more British and Oscar Wildelike than it is Pacific Northwestern. During Tuesday's show at Union Transfer, Perfume Genius did the same, only more so, with elegance and gritty emotionalism to rival singers such as Alan Vega of Suicide, Antony, or Marc Almond. These were brutally honest, poignant songs.
July 2, 2013
DEAR ABBY: My problem is my mother-in-law and her abundant use of perfume. The last time she visited, it was so bad we had to open our windows to air out the rooms. (This was in January in Minnesota.) My husband addressed the problem with her when I was pregnant, but now that the baby is here, she's back to her old habits. We are all sensitive to perfumes and get headaches when exposed to it. When she visits, we can't get away from the smell. What's the proper etiquette here? - The Nose Knows DEAR NOSE: I receive complaints about perfumes almost daily.
March 5, 2013 |
High-end Italian fashion house Dolce&Gabbana announced a new perfume recently - a scent not for babes, but for babies. Yes, infants. Supposedly, per I bambini will be redolent of citrus, honey, and the "innocence of childhood. " You can imagine the hilarity - and the derision - this elicited. "Silly" and "idiotic" were the least of the barbs. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a nonprofit advocacy group, declared that the very idea of baby perfume "stinks" because many fragrances contain irritants, allergens, and other substances of concern.
December 27, 2012 |
Helene Kozak, 91, of Palmyra, a Jew who witnessed the Nazi invasion of her native France, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, of sepsis in Marlton. Born in Paris in 1920, Mrs. Kozak lived in the Pletzl, the Jewish quarter of the Fourth Arrondissement. Her family had moved into a Christian quarter of the city before German forces invaded. Mrs. Kozak's Christian neighbors kept the family's secret during the occupation, as soldiers lived in barracks nearby. When Allied forces liberated the city, a U.S. Army captain looking to buy perfume for his wife sought local help to avoid price-gouging.
July 8, 2011
DEAR ABBY: My parents divorced 20 years ago. The court approved a mutual agreement that Dad would pay monthly alimony until Mom remarried or one of them died. He has never missed a payment. I have recently discovered that Mom secretly married her live-in boyfriend 11 years ago, but has continued receiving the alimony without telling my father. Is she committing a crime for which she could be arrested? And is her husband guilty of any wrongdoing? I am extremely upset over this and want to do something to correct this injustice.
April 1, 2011
Q. Can you tell me about mushroom hunting? I'm interested in trying it but don't know where to begin. A. Although mushrooms pop up year-round, spring is the unofficial start of mushroom season for many hunters. Warmer temperatures and rain create ideal growing conditions for a wide variety of fungi. And while there are few things as satisfying as discovering a patch of gorgeous and delicious mushrooms to harvest and enjoy, a search must be undertaken judiciously. An array of wild mushrooms are edible, but many others are mildly poisonous, causing violent stomach upset; some are deadly.
April 30, 2010 |
It's in the air. The main attraction at Longwood Gardens this month is invisible. Inside the monumental Kennett Square conservatory, dozens of visitors are nosing around searching for scents. The first thing you will notice as you enter "Making Scents: The Art and Passion of Fragrance" is a whiff of hyacinth that could stop you in your tracks. After you sniff it, you realize that you are standing in a hyacinth-lined gazebo shaped like a giant perfume bottle. "Making Scents" is a context switch for frequent visitors to Longwood, who are accustomed to a feast for the eyes with four acres of colorful indoor blooms.
January 21, 2009 |
Wholesome values are enveloped in rhinestones and BFF clubs, sweet smells and individuality, party dresses and philanthropy. That's the take-home message from a shopping cartful of new toys and products for girls - pocketbooks, perfumes and dolls, among others - that promise to nurture self-esteem and other positive qualities. Many parents welcome the alternatives to highly sexualized merchandise (think Bratz) hawked by teen celebrities who sometimes fail to model the best behavior (think Britney, Lindsay)
December 11, 2008 |
T-shirts, yoga pants, sweat suits, baseball caps, pajamas, undies - we know these to be basic college fashion fare. But a niche perfume marketed to Penn State alumni? Inspired by the grand architecture of Old Main, the school's blue and white colors, and the loyalty of the Nittany Lion, Pennsylvania State University, the State College institution, is getting a chance to capitalize on a sweet scent of its own just in time for stocking-stuffing season. Penn State for Women and Penn State for Men, sold for $60 each, are the creations of Masik Collegiate Fragrances, led by chief executive officer Katie Masich, 30. The Harrisburg-based, family-owned company also has a scent for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the market.