Monthly Archives: April 2020

Remembering The Plague Doctor

The Plague Doctor costume has been something that has always intrigued us. Given the current global condition we decided to do some research into this historical character and his/her outlandishly designed protective gear.

Dating back to our 17th and 18th centuries, ‘Plague Doctors’ who had the unenviable of caring for the sick, invented masks to protect themselves from “bad air” and prevent contagion. These masks had lenses on the eyes and a long cavity in the nose, which was filled with drugs and aromatic items. This cavity measuring about half a foot in length, had 2 small vent holes, and its shape was very similar to beaks of birds. At the beak were used substances such as ambergris, mint leaves, styrax, myrrh, laudanum, rose petals, camphor, cloves and straw.

Can you imagine wearing this? Muust have been intense…

You can score your own Plague Doctor Masks here https://plaguedoctormasks.com/

Books Never Smelled So Good!

Perfumer Timothy Han is planning to make some of literature’s greatest works even more engaging by infusing their pages with a range of matching scents.

He has already distilled the essence of several books including Jack Kerouac’s On The Road and Simone de Beauvoir’s She Came To Stay into a unique range of perfumes.

What books do you think deserve their own special smell?

Read more here – https://www.hungertv.com/editorial/timothy-han-creates-experimental-fragrances-inspired-by-literature/

Self-Monitoring Your Sense of Smell May Help Detect Coronavirus

A healthy (or unhealthy) sense of smell has always been likened to the ‘canary in the cole mine, alerting us to possibly underlying health conditions. It is no surprise that this human sensory tool is now being linked to the early identification of COVID-19

Along with fever, cough and shortness of breath – many coronavirus (COVID-19) patients report a temporary loss of their sense of smell. It appears that olfactory loss is significantly greater in COVID-19 patients compared to the loss that is often experienced during a cold, and less commonly, in non-COVID-19 influenza patients. In some countries, such as France, a patient who claims to have a sudden onset of olfactory loss will be diagnosed as a coronavirus patient – without even being tested. A similar approach is being considered in the UK. Based on this data, Weizmann Institute scientists, in collaboration with the Edith Wolfson Medical Center, developed SmellTracker – an online platform that enables self-monitoring of an individual’s sense of smell – for the purpose of detecting early signs of COVID-19 or in the absence of other symptoms.

Reported by – https://www.miragenews.com/self-monitoring-sense-of-smell-may-help-detect-coronavirus/

Funky quarantine fiancé

stench, smelly

Doing it tough in Jamaica, do you have any similar situation?

“My fiancé and I have decided to live together during the quarantine period to reduce the amount spent on bills.
Please note that while we have gone out and spent time together before, we have never been in close contact for so much time before.

I’ve noticed that not only does he eat a lot of junk, but he passes a lot of gas, and his bowel movements are extremely foul smelling. He also has an offensive body and breath odour in the morning, no matter if he bathes at night.
he only ‘healthy’ food he will eat is callaloo. (A popular Caribbean vegetable dish!)”

Er…covid-19 may have just averted a very unpleasant (smelling) andforeverafter!!

Full piece here – http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/all-woman/funky-quarantine-fianc-_190473

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