Perfumistas, Welcome to the New Perfume Year.
Let us start the fragrant journey this year with Perfume…
Perfume by Dariush Alavi aka Persolaise
This book is a great read even if you are miles along your fragrant journey. If you think you know everything then you will appreciate the compact and erudite prose. If you are just starting then this book will calibrate your knowledge so that you can read the signposts to travel on into unexplored places. An essential travel guide to scented landscapes; effectively a written mappa mundi of Perfumeland. This book is nothing to do with being snobbish despite the complete name which is Le Snob: Perfume. Le Snob is the name of a series of knowledge based books on various topics from publisher Hardie Grant. Watch out, some people became caught in a monsoon somewhere in this hardcover book. You of course would be able to weather the weather and read on.
Throughout the book there are sections headed Words from the Wise; these are commissioned contributions from Christopher Chong, Roja Dove, Jo Fairley, Ronny Geller, Francis Kurkdjian, Carrie Meredith, Linda Pilkington and Andy Tauer.
The scope of the book includes:
Origins of Perfume
Appreciating a Perfume
The Language of Perfume
Trends and Variations
The Categories of Scent
Mainstream and Niche Perfumes – selections arranged by perfume house with examples of their output rather than with every single ‘fume they have ever made. Great idea. This section makes up 92 pages of the 143 pages in the book.
How to Wear Perfume
Rare and Exclusive Perfumes
Events and Exhibtions
There is also a Glossary which is far more informative than many online resources. As you would expect from this author.
After reading this book you will know how to smell well.
and anywhere where good perfume books are sold.