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Scent review: How fragrant plants weave their magic

From frankincense to cacao and vanilla, Scent: An all natural history of fragrance shows how aromatic substances have helped shape human culture

Humans 17 August 2022

By Chris Stokel-Walker

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Fragrances from plants suchasroses help to make establishedand new perfumes

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Scent: An all natural history of fragrance

Elise Vernon Pearlstine

Yale University Press

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