Mental Floss and Matt Soniak Explain “Old Book Smell”

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Finally, I know that I’m not alone in my addiction, and have a breakdown of that intoxicating, alluring and heady aroma. And I learned a new word, degradomics — (biochemistry) the study of all the compounds produced in the degradation of a material (especially of a protease.)

Follow the link to find the cause of the fragrance scientists poetically call “A combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness.”

I want to bathe in that!

http://mentalfloss.com/article/31235/what-causes-old-book-smell

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