Perfume: In Search of Your Signature Scent ハードカバー – 2019/4/2
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A beautifully made scent can encapsulate a particular feeling, transport you to a very specific time in life with clarity, or remind you of a special loved one or friend. And just like wearing your favorite outfit or shoes, your favorite perfume can make you feel invincible. The question is, how do you find such a creation? With the number of new releases steadily increasing, it can be bewildering even attempting to find a perfume you like, let alone love.
In Perfume, Neil Chapman guides readers through a world that can at times seem overwhelming. Fragrances of every variety are listed 'note by note' in clearly divided categories that will steer you in the direction of a perfume you not only like, but love and cherish as 'your' signature scent. Chapters explore popular notes (for example, vanilla, sandalwood, jasmine, rose, patchouli, chocolate) or a broader identifiable group (such as 'oceanics', 'green florals' or 'anti-perfume'), giving an insight into that particular category as well as a clear sense of the similarities and differences between the scents described within it.
Featuring over 700 scents, from vintage perfumes to department store classics, rarities and niche boutique fragrances, Perfume is a true portal into the beautiful world of perfume. The further you go on this journey, the more you will be amazed by how many beautiful creations do exist if you take the time to look.
Neil Chapman has been writing about perfume since 2012 on his blog, The Black Narcissus, in 2012. Neil has studied aromatherapy and has been using essential oils for decades.
The number of scents covered is impressive, all of them categorised in note families like rose, iris, vanilla, leather, tea etc. I particularly appreciated his mostly objective (though not so objective as to be dry) and respectful approach in his reviews, as I usually prefer to form my own opinions about a perfume.
I think this is an excellent guidebook to keep on hand for any time one might want a quick reference or just a relaxing afternoon browse.
The book itself is beautiful and would make a lovely gift to any fragrance-lover, especially if combined with a gift of an actual fragrance. It is a hardcover with a gorgeous metallic Art Deco design and gold-edged pages. Bravo, Neil!
Neil has a magnificent way of talking about fragrance that is witty, wry, interesting and extraordinarily informative as well.
I have many books on fragrance and the history of fragrance, this one is definitely in the top tier of all of them.
Not only will one enjoy learning about scents, even ones you might have thought you knew well, by you will be transported to far away wonderful places that are exquisitely conveyed by the author, bringing the fragrances to life.
A book well worth owning. A must for the fragrance lover.