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Bottle it up: Old book smell

You know how your favorite old book just smells so musty and familiar and comforting? Yeah, we get it--and so do an international team of chemists who studied what makes books smell so deliciously fragrant as they age on the shelves. Apparently, its "a combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness.” Yeah, OK. The cool part? Now the chemists and other scientists are working to create special equipment that will "sniff" books in order to, among other things, determine their age and condition.

 

You don't have to be a science whiz (or a library hound) to get that old book smell 24/7. Demeter, the fragrance library with hundreds of common scents, have bottled the paperback. For $6, you can grab a 1/2 ounce of cologne--just enough to keep your library with you wherever you go. Ahh...

 

Your turn: What's your favorite scent in the world, Inklings? Tell us in the comments! 

published July 30, 2013
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