from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Somewhat camphor-like.
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I think I initially thought it was too blandly herbaceous and watery -- my Polish peasant subconscious wants instead some kind of mélange of cherry brandy, the spices of kielbasa, earthy poppyseeds and beet greens, fir forests, maybe the warm, slightly musty, camphory, comforting smell of babchi's living room, the old overstuffed furniture permeated with just a vague memory of tobacco smoke.
A portion of these camphory vapors, as well as a small portion of the camphor itself, dissolves in the water and forms upon its surface an oily layer which is at first very slight, but the thickness of which may increase in time until it becomes (especially if the vessel is narrow) a mechanical obstacle to the gyration of the small fragments of camphor that it imprisons, and whose evaporation it prevents.
I rag on Serge Lutens Tubereuse Criminelle all the time, but who can argue with a camphory tuberose in this weather?