Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Scent Of L.A.

What does L.A. smell like? Says Swiss perfumer Andy Tauer:
"L.A. smells like blooming citrus trees, rosebushes, iris, jasmine everywhere. [It] has the slightly disturbing smell of homeless people and the perfume used in detergents. You use heavier stuff, in higher concentrations. L.A. also smells of fat and sugar -- the cheap donuts served at my hotel." Sweet, exotic, slightly putrid; add a whiff of MSG and car exhaust, topple with a thin marine layer, et voilà!

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