Smell this

Will perfume smell more delicious if the labdanum in it has been scraped off the beards of Cretan goats?

Ah, how I love to meander the byways of economic biology. Who knew that Cretan rock roses (Cistus creticus) produce a resin called labdanum? That labdanum, among many other uses, is a base note in perfume not unlike the fabled ambergris? Or that the best quality labdanum is gathered adventitiously, as it were, by goats grazing on Cretan herbage (rather like that civet-cat coffee)?

I didn’t either. But now you can too, thanks to the Human Flower Project.

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