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TeachTeach Your TeacherHomePosts: 10,081 mod
Have you heard of Eau de Cologne (often 4711). How about Eau de Toast? Would you want to walk around smelling like toast?




  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,889 mod
    Only if it is toast with real butter.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,683 ✭✭✭✭
    I think I'll stick to Chanel 5.
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,081 mod
    Oh you have expensive taste @Mheredge.

    What is your favourite perfume @April?

    I wear Sanctuary for every day, and First when I go out. I sometimes wear One, but I won't bother replacing it, and somewhere I have an unopened bottle of Chanel 19.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,889 mod
    In fact, I don't wear any perfume. :)
    Maybe after cooking, especially after frying French fries, people would think that I wear French fries perfume.
    Or after a visit to a fish and chips stall? =))
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 7,978 mod
    edited March 2014
    I`m sometimes tempted to buy perfume when spring is around. I do not often buy one, but when I do I do not buy a cheap one. They just lift my tongoe.
    I also own a Chanel bottel sitting on my dressing tabel, it is called Mademoiselle.

    Some years ago I was quite shocked by reading an articel about an newly invended perfume for aging people, it should cover their smell. I thought to myself am I in that state?
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,683 ✭✭✭✭
    My bottle of Chanel 5 is ancient @Lynne‌ , but I occasionally get it out for special occasions. It's lurking somewhere in a cupboard in my place in France, so I haven't seen it for quite a long time now.

    But @april, wasn't that the point of perfume in the old days? To hide the smell either of the person or the surroundings?
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,889 mod
    I've met a lot of old people and I don't think they smell bad. :(
    On the other hand, I've met a lot of young people too, nearby whom I need to hold my breath secretly. :)
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,683 ✭✭✭✭
    I know what you mean @april! Especially travelling, I wonder sometimes when some of the backpackers I meet have had their last wash. No wonder they sometimes get referred to as 'The Great Unwashed.'
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,081 mod
    People used to think that disease was carried by bad smells.

    Posies or tussie-mussies were carried to ward off the plague.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,889 mod
    edited March 2014
    One Belgian lady went to ... I think Cambodia. ... and stayed a couple of days in a Buddhist monastery.
    In that period she lived as a Buddhist nun (Do we call her "a monk" in this context?).
    She only had one clothing to wear for some days and for day and night.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,683 ✭✭✭✭
    She lived as a nun, @april.

    Here's a bonus correction: She only had one set of clothes to wear for some days and wore them day and night.

    I don't think it would be very hard to live as a monk or nun in a monastery or nunnery @april. You'd be surprised how comfortable it is. Every monk has their own room, the dining room serves up their meals and they spend a lot of time either in the main hall of the monastery praying or receiving instruction.

    Most monasteries have even more comfortable rooms for guests.
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 7,978 mod
    Yes and more and more managers like spending their time in monastries.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 1,493
    edited March 2014
    Too hard for me. I'll pass on this one. BTW what does monastries smell like?
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,889 mod
    Thanks for the correction @mheredge‌.
    I think living in monastries in Europe (as monks and nuns and not like managers who only spend a weekend there, I mean :) ) is tougher than in Asia.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,683 ✭✭✭✭
    I think it depends where in the monastery you mean @xeb. In the main hall, it usually smells a little of butter lamps and incense, but in the monks' rooms, just like any room, anywhere else. I mean, neutral.

    I don't think I've ever been inside a Christian monastery or nunnery in Europe @april. I visited a nunnery in Arequipa, in Peru though, and that didn't seem bad. Why do you think it would be so tough in Europe?
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,889 mod
    I might be wrong about it @mheredge‌. :)
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 1,493
    Butter lamps? I have no idea what yak butter smells like. Neutral is hard to figure out as well, it just makes me think of any hotel room.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,683 ✭✭✭✭
    Yes, a hotel room hopefully smells pretty neutral (unless someone's been smoking in it). Butter lamps smell sort of musty. Not really unpleasant, but then again, not exactly fragrant.
  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 Inactive
    I think I'd rather walk about smelling of wood!
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,683 ✭✭✭✭
    Has anyone seen the movie called Perfume?
  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 Inactive
    If it's the one based on a Book, I think I did once.
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 7,978 mod
    edited April 2014
    @Marianne, once I watched a film about `Perfume`. An insane young man killed several young women for getting their personal odor in flacons. He didn`t kill every woman no he picked up those who were young and beautiful.
    His purpuse was to create a special perfume the wold never has smelled before.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,683 ✭✭✭✭
    Yup, that's the movie, @Hermine. I found it a little bizarre.
  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 Inactive
    I wish I was a bit like that character, because I think smell is one the second strongest sense.
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,081 mod
    I have read the book and watched the film, both equally disturbing. I can't imagine how I would react to someone who smelt of nothing. Would I even notice?
  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 Inactive
    I think it would be really wicked!
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 7,978 mod
    When I was pregnant my nose had worked perfectly well.

    @Marianne, at the beginning of the film I found the man symathetic, because of his bad start into the world, but noticed after a time he must be insane. Especially the young woman who was cared my her father so well, got in his trap.
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