July 17, 1988 |
The biblical fragrance of frankincense is on the market again as Oman revives an ancient perfume industry that flourished 3,000 years ago. The Oman Perfumery is opening new markets in the United States and Europe for Amouage (Arabic for "waves"), a perfume based on frankincense and myrrh. At about $375 an ounce, Amouage may be the world's most expensive perfume.
August 6, 1992 |
Western novelists have found meaning for hundreds of years in domesticity and boredom. In the Arab world, where the novel is still relatively young, daily concerns may figure prominently, but the rotting politics of post-colonialism often have a stronger odor.
December 5, 1999 |
Pushing through the single, medieval portal of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, worshipers, priests and pilgrims jostle for space. Smoky perfumes of frankincense and myrrh mingle in the air. The flickering light of hundreds of candles bounces off gilded mosaics and silver chalices. Rhythmic liturgical chants in Latin, Greek, Aramaic and other ancient tongues echo and clash through the cool, dark chambers of Christianity's most sacred shrine.
April 4, 1993
Because he was born on 4-4-44 and because he's all wrapped up in his children, Daniela, Nicolas and Alexandra, Beverly Hills retailer Bijan Pakzad introduces his new fragrance, DNA, today: 4-4-93. Primarily a floral with earthy notes of myrrh and sandalwood, the scent is a bargain when compared with Bijan's signature scent, which sells for $400 an ounce. DNA is priced at a mere $250 per ounce.
March 25, 2002 |
We recently learned that the inventor of Life Savers candies was inspired, in the early 20th century, to make his candy after witnessing a pharmacist make pills with an old-fashioned pill machine. All very fine and creative. But who, we'd like to know, invented pills? Someone way, way back when, says George Griffenhagen, a retired pharmacist with a penchant for history who resides in Vienna, Va. (Griffenhagen has made quite a study of the pill question. He's even written about pill history.
January 31, 1999 |
The Russian Orthodox Church will investigate the allegedly miraculous properties of an icon of the country's last czar, Nicholas II, the Itar-Tass news agency quoted a leading clergyman as saying. The icon at Moscow's Church of the Ascension has reportedly been exuding myrrh since Nov. 7, the anniversary of the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917. The czar and his family were shot by a Bolshevik firing squad in July 1918.