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It's a nose that knows no limits.

"If there's a water treatment plant miles away," Lori Cochran said with a laugh, "I can smell it."

It's not all bad, though. The owner of the independent perfume line Violette Market combines her sensitive snout with her passion for literature to tell and recreate stories through scents.

Violette Market is like the Jeni's ice cream of perfume, boasting deliciously odd combinations such as Boston Tea Party (smelling of British tea leaves, smoky caramel tea, blond tobacco, a hint of cannon fire and salty sea spray) and Mexico City (with notes of chocolate, cardamom, cinnamon and sweet cakes).

Cochran's education in smell began during childhood. Her mother taught her the odorous differences between the herbs and flowers she grew in their home's greenhouse.

"Watering plants and transplanting herbs, that's my first memory," said Cochran, 34.

The wealth of olfactory knowledge she acquired as a kid left her dissatisfied with store-bought bath products when she got older. Factory-made salts seemed impersonal. Plain lavender soap seemed uncreative.

She started to study the art of perfuming, learning the intricacies of scent notes and acquainting herself with photos of flowers and plants.

"I was intrigued by how perfumes were made in Victorian times," she said. "Back then, alcohol was something used for medical purposes. It was not meant for the skin. Like Cleopatra's perfume, the oil was the vehicle for the scent. I figured if our ancestors made it like that, it was probably not all wrong."

What she found surprised her.

"I realized perfuming is what I should be doing," she said. "It brings me complete joy."

Violette Market is "fairy tale meets grown-up fantasy reality," Cochran said. The perfume vials, which range from $15 to $23, are sold online and at local indie craft fairs, and the different editions are inspired by things like ancient myths and literary classics.

There are perfumes with names such as Pandora's Box and Sleepy Hollow Churchyard. A Long Ago and Far Away line includes a perfume called Grandmother that smells of vanilla tea cakes, blueberry scones, porridge and orange blossom marmalade.

Others are meant to evoke fun memories, such as a limited-edition line she puts out each August called State Fair, motivated by happy memories of walking the Midway with her four brothers. Scent titles have included Squash Queen and Milk Maid.

Writing is another one of Cochran's talents - she has a master's degree in English - and it plays a big role in Violette Market.

The Lost at Sea collection is based on a story she wrote about an apothecary sea merchant. On her website visitors can read the captain's journal entries and then peruse 18 different perfumes made for each chapter.

For example, Captain's Quarters, a perfume inspired by a scene where the forlorn seafarer is reminiscing on the odd things he's acquired during his adventures, smells like exotic spices, worn leather and oak.

Her ability to make characters and scenes transcend through scents has attracted another author, Kimberly Steele, who wrote the vampire novel "Forever Fifteen." Cochran is creating a line of perfume based on different characters and scenes of the book to be sold on her and Steele's websites this spring.

"I hope to remind people of places they've been before," Cochran said, "or help them escape to places they haven't."