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Perfumes
Title : Perfumes
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ISBN : 0670018651
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages

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 world s most elegant and beautiful as well as some truly terrible perfumes In Perfumes The Guide, they combine their talents and experienc 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 world s most elegant and beautiful as well as some truly terrible perfumes In Perfumes The Guide, they combine their talents and experience to review 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 women s and men s fragrances and an informative frequently asked questions section including What is the difference between eau de toilette and perfume How long can I keep perfume before it goes bad What s better splash bottles or spray atomizers What are perfumes made of 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 Parker s books have done for wine Beautifully designed and elegantly illustrated, this book will be the perfect gift for collectors and anyone who s ever had an interest in the fascinating subject of perfume.Read Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez s posts on the Penguin Blog


Perfumes Reviews

  • Courtney

    This book is equally fun and frustrating Turin is a major voice in the burgeoning world of perfume criticism, and he has a lot of knowledge and a gift for sharp insights I often pick this up when I sample something new to see what the book says about it, and the reviews are very entertaining What pains me is the 5 star rating system they chose to use It appeals to our bottom line mentality but I worry it will lead less experienced perfume lovers to start thinking in terms of rankings and t This [...]

  • Reese

    Combine three of my favorite things, why dontcha Very expensive perfume, mordant wit and Pynchonesque range on an esoteric subject For once, the breathless prose in the book jacket does justice to the actual prose within Turin and Sanchez actually DO separate the divine and good from the monumentally awful No sacred cows here They have the balls to nail Serge Lutens on his not so great stuff And the writing Sweet Lord I defy the reader to delve into this book at random and not find a r Combine t [...]

  • Lobstergirl

    This is surely the only perfume guide to be blurbed by Hilary Mantel, Philip Hensher, and Dwight Garner editor of the New York Times book review It also got a review in the New Yorker, which is where I heard about it Authors Luca Turin a visiting olfactory scientist at MIT and Tania Sanchez an avid perfume collector are very clever and their writing, endlessly entertaining In an introductory chapter on male fragrance, Turin notes that the male regimen is simple and low maintenance [...]

  • Lauren Colombrito

    It was nice that Tom was thoughtful and bought me this book since fragrance is my obsession and job After I flipped through it I realized the book was basically 2 people s opinion of different fragrances To me fragrance is personal and everyone has a different thought of what they like Fragrance will smell different on me then it will on the next person and vice versa And what I think is devine someone else may think smells like a grandmother on fire And NO I am not bitter just because th It was [...]

  • jennifer

    this book never stops giving the review for jovan s sex appeal for men Here is evidence of the glorious world predating the Great Fall that occurred in perfumery circa the 1980s Sex Appeal for Men, dating from 1976, is, to all appearances, an embarrassing artifact of silly seventies marketing Inexplicably, I love the ridiculous blue box, which must have changed little in the last thirty years, with its retro typeface and bold claims of raw biological effectiveness Example This provo this [...]

  • Jane

    I m even fascinated by the way people write about smell as I am about perfume itself Perfume writers, at least the good ones, use some of the same language as wine critics citrus top notes , but seem to be a imaginative and witty lot I live for the Chandler Burr columns in the NYT fashion magazines Less pretentious too It seems that you can t talk about smell for a living without an ability to call a stink a stink I actually read this book cover to cover because the hilariou I m even fascinat [...]

  • M.K.  Carroll

    I don t wear perfume much.I picked this up from the new books shelf at the public library and opened it to a few random pages Hilariously vile 50 50 mix of cheap shampoo and canned peaches one star it feels you know your lover well enough to no longer bother closing the bathroom door four stars out of five The authors take perfume seriously but still know how to have fun with it This is not one of those guides to perfume you find in a women s magazine you know, the sort that has I don t wear per [...]