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Saturday, June 02, 2007

The most civilized and refined people of the earth

"The patrons of perfumery have always been considered the most civilized and refined people of the earth. If refinement consists in knowing how to enjoy the faculties which we possess, then must we learn not only how to distinguish the harmony of color and form, in order to please the sight, the melody of sweet sounds to delight the ear; the comfort of appropriate fabrics to cover the body, and to please the touch, but the smelling faculty must be shown how to gratify itself with the odoriferous products of the garden and the forest."

From The Art of Perfumery, and Method of Obtaining the Odors of Plants by G.W.Septimus Piesse, 1857.

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