|illustration by Natasha Thompson|
I’ve always been both fascinated & intimidated by the fragrance & perfume industry. I have always felt it is a bit akin to wine, I love wine but I don’t really KNOW wine. With perfume I have a true love and appreciation for the work of perfumers. I enjoy testing fragrances and trying to guess the various notes, but I am a novice at best. In the age where every celebrity has at least one fragrance it can be even more daunting to find a true gem. I try to avoid the celebrity variety at all costs, but I would hardly consider myself a perfume snob. While I adore Bond No. 9’s Chinatown and the classic Chanel No. 5, I can be found wearing Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb or any of the Marc Jacobs fragrances far more frequently. I need someone to hold my hand and guide me through the world of fragrance.
|The Little Book of Perfumes: The Hundred Classics|
Luckily, Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez have compiled this little black book of perfumes to guide us through what they consider to be the top 100 perfumes. Whether they are old, new, affordable, or expensive these fragrances are what they consider to be masterpieces. Each perfume is reviewed individually, and when available the authors compared 2011 samples to earlier samples given that formulas are constantly changing due to stricter restrictions on allergens in perfume (these restrictions may actually be endangering your favorite fragrance!). The blurbs provide incredibly useful information without overwhelming you, but beware after reading it your fragrance wish-list will likely expand! This is an excellent resource for the expert, novice, or even the casual fragrance shopper. Anyone who loves perfume would enjoy this as a gift or guide alike. The book will hit book shelves on October 31st. You can pre-order The Little Book of Perfumes: The Hundred Classics now on Amazon.com.
Please note: An advance copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review consideration.