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For the Smell of It, Ctd.

Perfume that smells like new books.

No words. Should have scent a poet.

You can buy it here — but it costs about $115 before shipping. For that you could buy a bunch of new books and get the real smell, which you can rub on yourself (or not) as you choose.

More book smell news here.

- Michael Moats

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For the Smell of It

Another reason why the real thing is better: Old books release what are known as volatile organic compounds that result in the smell of the pages.

The lead scientist described the smell as ‘A combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness.’


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E-readers also contain VOCs, but not many that you really want anywhere near your nose, or for that matter, your nervous system.

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