How do plants communicate without having a voice? By producing essential oils.

Lavender plant

Plants are living organisms, and to survive, they need to exchange vital information with their environment and surrounding fauna and flora. Some plants achieve this by producing essential oils.

Most of us, I believe, have come in contact with essential oils, whether as an ingredient in cosmetics, drinks and food…

The time machine in a perfume atomiser

Light shining through a thin slice of pink grapefruit

Perfume is a blend of highly volatile materials attuned to please our senses. It shapes behavioural patterns, alters moods and feelings, triggers emotions and brings back memories. Perfume also greatly influences relationships with others and the world around us.

From afterlife to everyday life

In ancient Egypt, perfume was used in religious rituals as a…

How the past shapes the future of perfume bottle design, function and environmental impact.

The perfume bottle is rather unusual as a product packaging. It has accumulated many subtle associations and symbolism throughout history which masterfully influence customers’ innermost beliefs, values, and thoughts. Not many products can genuinely compete with that. Of course, its primary function is, and always has been, the protection of…

Untangling the mystery of lost information and reading in between the lines.

Old books

After reading numerous old manuscripts and books on the history of medicine and perfumery, one little detail failed to escape my attention. Did the ancient authors, physicians, pharmacists, and perfumers (often one and the same person) successfully mislead readers and get away with it?

Have we stopped questioning information and…

Articles about talcum powder have recently flooded the front pages of many newspapers and magazines. Over the past few years, there have been numerous volatile debates among experts and consumers on whether talcum can be linked to the development of certain types of cancer. Its use in personal care products…

Marie Krnakova

Perfumer, writer, perfume history enthusiast

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