This is the second part of my interest in books on perfumes. The three I have chosen are completely different but all have a distinctive approach to perfumes.
The first book is A World of Fragrance. First thing to say is the packaging of the book, which is in the shape of a perfume bottle! How cool is that! It looks like a giant bottle of perfume. This gives you an overview of the importance of scent over time. It describes in an easy to read manner some of the famous perfumes and the people who created them. It doesn’t go into great depth but it’s a nice introduction to perfumes.
Quintessentially Perfume is a journey through the world of luxury and niche perfume brands. This goes through the most famous brands but also the niche makers. It also has chapters on individual perfume makers who have made their mark on the perfume world. It has a glossary of terms in an easy to understand manner. It explains what ‘earthy, ‘base notes’ and the difference between Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette mean. It’s a very good book if you want to know more about perfumes and what the process is in making them.
Perfume A Century of Scents by Lizzie Ostrom goes through the history of certain perfumes from the 1900s to the end of the 1990s putting them into the context of the time. She picks one fragrance from each year, from 1900 to 1999, and you will be amazed at the perfumes she has chosen, some famous and some forgotten. Lizzie Ostrom has a wonderful ability to bring these perfumes alive as she brings an insight into perfumes very few writers can do. I only wish I could see them ( no pictures unfortunately ) and smell them! I was very lucky to meet her at the Victoria & Albert Museum and she signed the book for me and I treasure it.