Synopses & Reviews
The first book of its kind: a definitive guide to the world of perfume
Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez are experts in the world of scent. Turin, a renowned scientist, and Sanchez, a longtime perfume critic, have spent years sniffing the worldas most elegant and beautifulaas well as some truly terribleaperfumes. In Perfumes: The Guide, they combine their talents and experience to review more than twelve hundred fragrances, separating the divine from the good from the monumentally awful. Through witty, irreverent, and illuminating prose, the reviews in Perfumes not only provide consumers with an essential guide to shopping for fragrance, but also make for a unique reading experience.
Perfumes features introductions to womenas and menas fragrances and an informative afrequently asked questionsa section including:
a What is the difference between eau de toilette and perfume?
a How long can I keep perfume before it goes bad?
a Whatas better: splash bottles or spray atomizers?
a What are perfumes made of?
a Should I change my fragrance each season?
Perfumes: The Guide is an authoritative, one-of-a-kind book that will do for fragrance what Robert Parkeras books have done for wine. Beautifully designed and elegantly illustrated, this book will be the perfect gift for collectors and anyone whoas ever had an interest in the fascinating subject of perfume.
Turin, a renowned scientist, and Sanchez, a longtime perfume critic, review more than 1,200 fragrances, separating the divine from the good and the monumentally awful.
Pompous names, bizarre ads, hundreds of new scents a year?the multibillion-dollar business of fragrance has long resisted understanding. At last the first critical?and critically acclaimed?guide to perfume illuminates the mysteries of this secretive industry. Lifelong perfume fanatics Luca Turin (best known as the subject of Chandler Burr?s The Emperor of Scent)
and Tania Sanchez exalt, wisecrack, and scold through their reviews with passion, eloquence, and erudition, making this book a must-have for anyone looking for a brilliant fragrance?or just a brilliant read.
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"Ravishingly entertaining. . . . Its blend of technical knowledge and evocative writing is exemplary in the strict sense: people who write about smell and taste should use it as an example."
-The New Yorker
"As vivid as any criticism I've come across in the last few years, and what's more a revelation: part history, part swoon, part plaint."
-Jim Lewis, Slate