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The Scent Trail: How One Woman's Quest for the Perfect Perfume Took Her Around the World

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ISBN13: 9780451226242
ISBN10: 0451226240
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Lyttelton?s passion for fragrance inspired her to have a signature perfume created just for her?and then to embark on the ultimate olfactory odyssey. Armed with a list of ingredients, she tracked down each component of her scent, tracing its origins, history, and culture.

From the iris fields of Tuscany to the vetivert distilleries of India, from the nutmeg plantations of Sri Lanka to the shores of the Arabian Sea, Celia gives readers a glimpse into the world of scent that few people have ever experienced, providing delicious details on its place in history?for example, how Casanova added small amounts of ambergris to chocolate mousses to aid his amorous adventures, and how Charles Dickens carried a monogrammed pocket nutmeg grater in his waist coat at a time when nutmeg was used to ward off evil and to spice rum.

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"For globe-trotting British journalist Lyttelton, 'scent evokes memories.' Such memories from her childhood, when she traveled with her archeologist mother to distant countries, led her to embark on a quest to find scent origins around the world. Seeking her own 'bespoke' perfume, she visits a London perfumer, introducing readers to the delicate art of composing a perfume, evoking, for instance, 'a forest at dawn soaked in dew' or, more abstractly, a piece of music. With her own formula in hand, Lyttelton sets out to visit places where the ingredients are grown, hoping to meet the harvesters, encounter fragrant fumes and discover the secrets of perfume making. Lyttelton has a magical manner of blending words and sentences to summon up splendiferous odors amid her anecdotes, memories and historical research. Scented sentences permeate the pages as she takes the reader along on her 'olfactory odyssey' across far-flung, labyrinthine landscapes, from the French Riviera and Morocco to Tuscany and Sri Lanka. Her enchanting escapades conclude with a glossary of terminology used by perfumers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Previously published in a Transworld Publishers edition"--T.p. verso.

About the Author

Celia Lyttelton has written numerous articles for such publications as Tatler, Vanity Fair, Independent, Daily Telegraph, and Financial Times.

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Sara Gann, August 27, 2009 (view all comments by Sara Gann)
I am a perfume junky, and love reading about the raw materials used in perfumes, as well as the exotic and sometimes wierd world of scent manufacturing. However this book was a big disappointment, mainly due to the jerky writing style and inclusion of way too many uninteresting and unimportant details about what perfumers were wearing, how the author was feeling, her opinions of particular perfumes, and the constant reveries she falls into. Some of the language, too, was very antiquated British English that most Brits no longer use. I kept thinking that maybe this book was written by some old Colonial, but as Ms. Lyttleton referred often to her young son, she can't have been over 80, although she wrote like she was!

With a good editor, this could have been whittled down (and focused) into a nice, entertaining travelogue, as the premise is quite interesting, as are the exotic locales the author visited. Ms. Lyttelton badly needed a good editor--this travelogue was full of typos and strange punctuation, and she could have used a fact-checker, as well.

Chandler Burr's book on his year inside the perfume industry that came out last year is far superior if one is interested in perfumery.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451226242
Author:
Lyttelton, Celia
Publisher:
New American Library
Author:
Celia Lyttelton
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Voyages and travels
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Perfumes
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.98x5.44x.69 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "For globe-trotting British journalist Lyttelton, 'scent evokes memories.' Such memories from her childhood, when she traveled with her archeologist mother to distant countries, led her to embark on a quest to find scent origins around the world. Seeking her own 'bespoke' perfume, she visits a London perfumer, introducing readers to the delicate art of composing a perfume, evoking, for instance, 'a forest at dawn soaked in dew' or, more abstractly, a piece of music. With her own formula in hand, Lyttelton sets out to visit places where the ingredients are grown, hoping to meet the harvesters, encounter fragrant fumes and discover the secrets of perfume making. Lyttelton has a magical manner of blending words and sentences to summon up splendiferous odors amid her anecdotes, memories and historical research. Scented sentences permeate the pages as she takes the reader along on her 'olfactory odyssey' across far-flung, labyrinthine landscapes, from the French Riviera and Morocco to Tuscany and Sri Lanka. Her enchanting escapades conclude with a glossary of terminology used by perfumers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , "Previously published in a Transworld Publishers edition"--T.p. verso.
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