It’s only fair that given the amount of time I’ve spent writing about the smell of books that I should be focusing on the books themselves. Here are all of my books on perfume that I use for research, inspiration, and most importantly, a bit of eye candy. On Perfume Making by Frédéric Malle is a total coffee table book, with gorgeous photos but not much in the way of substantive text. For all of the theory heads out there, there is Anthony Synott’s Aroma: The Cultural History of Smell contains nerdier, scholarly texts on the social aspects of perfume. I also love looking at the cover art.
Can you suggest any books on perfume that I should add to my collection? Already on my wishlist: Alyssa Harad’s Coming to My Senses and Denise Beaulieu’s The Perfume Lover.
Mandy Aftel and Daniel Patterson. Aroma: The Magic of Essential Oils in Foods and Fragrance.
Mandy Aftel. Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume
Anna Barbara and Anthony Perliss. Invisible Architecture: Experiencing Places Through the Sense of Smell.
Elisabeth Barille. The Book of Perfume
Chandler Burr. The Emperor of Scent
Chandler Burr. The Perfect Scent
Roja Dove. The Essence of Perfume.
Jim Drobnick. The Smell Culture Reader
Michael Edwards. Perfume Legends: French Feminine Fragrances
Avery Gilbert. What the Nose Knows
Frédéric Malle. On Perfume Making
Moran, Jan. Fabulous Fragrances: How to Select Your Perfume Wardrobe-The Women’s Guide to Prestige Perfumes
Moran, Jan. Fabulous Fragrances II: A Guide to Prestige Perfumes for Women and Men
Edwin Morris. Fragrance: The Story of Perfume from Cleopatra to Chanel
Cathy Newman. Perfume: The Art and Science of Scent
Anthony Synott. Aroma: The Cultural History of Smell
Richard Stamelman. Perfume: Joy, Scandal, Sin – A Cultural History of Fragrance from 1750 to the Present
Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. Perfumes: The A-Z Guide.
Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. The Little Book of Perfumes
Luca Turin. The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell