People wear fragrance for any number of reasons, but mostly because there is a psychological link between a person’s scent — artificial or not — and attractiveness. It operates at a level deep in the subconscious, so that you may be only fleetingly aware that you fancy someone because they smell like a field of wildflowers or a pine forest. Maybe you yearn for the sea and the scent of ocean spray. Perhaps you harbor dreams of the Old West; the aroma of an old saddlebag is just your thing. Now readers have the perfect fragrance: one that makes them smell like an old book.
The brilliantly named Dead Writers — a smoky unisex fragrance — was created by Sweet Tea Apothecary’s J.T. Siems following her many trips to the library. Made from a blend of black tea, clove, musk, vanilla, vetiver, heliotrope, and tobacco, the fragrance “evokes the feeling of sitting in an old library chair paging through yellowed copies of Hemingway, Shakespeare, Fitzgerald, Poe, and more. Suitable for either sex, Dead Writers makes you want to put on a kettle of black tea and curl up with your favorite book.” The fragrance costs $80 for 1 oz. Or you could save the money and just, you know, rub an old book on yourself.