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What is "used book smell?"

2 years agoOdd : Boing Boing

In this short video, Richard from ABEbooks describes the distinctive smell of old books ("a combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla, with an underlying mustiness") caused by hundreds of volatile compounds released during the slow oxidization of the paper, glues and inks. Why Do Old Books Smell? [...]
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Refresh Musty Old Books With Cornstarch

Business & Finance / Personal Finance : SavvySugar (2 days ago)

I love old books - but not the accompanying musty smell. After being closed tight and bunched together for years, books are filled with dank scents that no one wants in any space, which is just so sad. And that smell sure doesn't en... Read Post

A hint of vanilla

Beauty / Perfume : Now Smell This (5 years ago)

The aroma of an old book is familiar to every user of a traditional library. A combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness, this unmistakable smell is as much part of the book ... Read Post

What Causes “Old Book Smell”?

Odd : mental_floss (2 years ago)

“A combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness” is how an international team of chemists describes the unique odor of old books in a study. Poetic, sure, but what causes it? Bo... Read Post


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