Smells: A Cultural History of Odours in Early Modern Times // new review

From my review of Robert Muchembled’s Smells: A Cultural History of Odours in Early Modern Times, out today in The Weekend Australian:

“The sense of smell is also thought to be responsible for feelings of love, a drive understood by researchers as a form of ‘olfactory ecstasy’. Olfactory fingerprints – or ‘smellprints’ – are unique in both constitution and impact, causing us to be ‘literally led by the nose’ to the beloved. The rightness of a signature smell releases floods of hormones, committing it to memory” 🍎

Still of Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche from Chocolat.

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