Editor’s Note: John Oehler, the author of Aphrodesia, a perfume thriller (book review here) put together his list of favorite perfume books for you to read and was so generous as to do a giveaway for three lucky readers of this blog. To win a Kindle edition of Aphrodesia, please read on…
By Jordan River
We have 3 copies of John Oehler’s book to give away – to be in the draw for a Kindle copy of Aphrodesia, leave a comment about the books on the list or your favorite perfume book below or Like Aphrodesia on Facebook
The winners will be announced here 7 days later after a random draw.
To learn more about John, read my author interview.
Fragrant Reading List
John Oehler: I have a lot of the “standard” books on smell and fragrances and probably a hundred articles on subjects ranging from quirky fragrances to archaeological discoveries, from forensics to smells and flavor, from interviews with perfumers to the smell of death. These are some of my favorite references.
The blog Glass Petal Smoke has this to say about the article:
Discovering a great article on olfaction that doesn’t make you feel like a science dweeb is a rarity. That’s why the September 1986 edition of National Geographic is a must-have for anyone remotely interested in the sense of smell. For a fragrance lover, it is the equivalent of finding a hardcover copy of William Kauffman’s Perfume in excellent condition.
– Michelle Kydd
– Glass Petal Smoke
Glass Petal Smoke – full post commenting on the National Geographic article.
The National Geographic article contained a smell survey, and so many people responded that “scientists are still using the data.”
The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York (Chandler Burr)
If I could recommend only one book, it would be this one. I have the hardcover, but it seems no longer to be available. The link above is for the paperback.
The H&R Book of Perfume (Julia Müller, et al)
I have the original 4-volume set (in slipcases). I bought it in London in 1985. These were the first perfume books I ever purchased, and they are what turned me on to the world of perfumes. Before them, I was merely a casual sniffer.
Perfume Legends: French Feminine Fragrances (Michael Edwards)
This is a beautifully illustrated guide to the great French classics. Unfortunately, it has become very expensive.
Once Upon A Time … Perfume (Annick Le Guérer)
This book was, I believe, commissioned by the Osmothèque. I bought the English language version at ISIPCA, and Jean Kerléo signed it for me. It describes twelve perfumes, with each description accompanied by a smell pad. As such, it is a truly fragrant book.
I have not seen it available online, but you can read Cheryl’s review at Now Smell This.
Collectors item Perfume – hardcover (William Kauffman)