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About my nose... The idea for this book grew from a discovery about my nose I made while visiting Hawaii several years ago. I came upon a tiny natural perfumery at the northern tip of Maui. At the time, I did not know what natural perfumery was, only that I was allergic to traditional perfume (probably due to their synthetic ingredients which are petrol based). I picked up a perfume and gave it a whiff. It was completely different that what I'd smelled at department stores, like sticking my nose into a fresh bouquet of lilacs, the ones with the velvety, almost soap-like scent. But more importantly, I noticed that the perfume came with not only a listing of its botanical 'notes,' but also its dominant musical notes (B, E flat, etc.), and not only that, I could actually hear these notes when I smelled them. I was born with perfect pitch (the ability to identify and/or reproduce musical pitches), but I never thought it could extend to my nose. To confirm that was what was happening, the proprietress of the perfumery blind tested my nose with her other perfumes. I was able to correctly identify the pitches I 'smelled,' and I've been noticing the notes ever since. This kind of synesthesia is apparently rare, but what it taught me is that until that moment, I hadn't been paying attention to my nose as much as I could've. Smell is one of the most underutilized senses, and I hope The Secret of a Heart Note encourages people to wake up and smell the roses. <3
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