Let’s talk perfume books today:
Have you read a perfume book recently?
Which perfume books would you recommend for new fumies?
What kind of book about perfume would you like to read?
Which book would you think is essential reading for any serious fragrance fiend?
Which book would be good for a “normal” person as an introduction into our world?
I’m really looking forward to reading all of your answers today as I have been woefully negligent on the fragrance book front. (I blame the Kindle and all its literary temptations.) I have started but not yet finished Mandy Aftel’s new book Fragrant though.
As for recommendations for newbies, I definitely think the Chandler Burr books belong on any reading list, as does of course Luca Turin’s The Guide, even though I hardly ever agree with him, it is still a very interesting and helpful introduction to niche and mass market perfumes.
One book that irks me is Roja Dove’s Perfume. It has such great photography and also very interesting content, but is so badly edited (if at all!) that the poor grammar and copious typos sufficiently distract me to make the reading experience an irritating one.
A friend recently wondered about the new(ish) book by Tess Williams and whether it would make a good gift for a non-fumie. I’d love for all of you who have read it to chime in on that question!
So, let us know! What fragrant literature have you read lately?