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Perfume Gallery Preserves, Re-Creates Fragrances

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Perfume Gallery Preserves, Re-Creates Fragrances

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Perfume Gallery Preserves, Re-Creates Fragrances

Perfume Gallery Preserves, Re-Creates Fragrances

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The Osmotheque serves as an archive of some 1,700 perfumes, including "parfum disparu" -- disappeared perfumes. Susan Stone, NPR hide caption

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Susan Stone, NPR

Ever wondered what Napoleon smelled like? Or what perfume the Romans wore to dinner?

The answers lie at The Osmotheque — a fragrance conservatory in Versailles, France that collects, catalogues and recreates perfumes of the past.

Many of the 1,700 fragrances are reproduced from the original formulas.