The Big Book of Perfume
If you are fascinated with the artistry and science of perfumery, there is a new coffee table book out this month that might interest you. The editorial team at Nez, a Paris-based Olfactory magazine, has collected a series of essays and stories the delve into the heart of a little-known world. This book lifts the curtain on the best kept secrets of perfumery, answering all your questions about the creation of your favourite scents.
Beginning with an explanation of how our sense of smell works, The Big Book of Perfume goes on to chronicle how perfumery developed over the centuries, where the most popular perfume ingredients come from, how a fragrance is blended, developed and marketed, and how mainstream perfumery is shaped by marketing. Most interesting is the chapter on how to train your nose to identify notes and fragrance olfactory families.
What’s special about Nez is the publication’s nurturing of up-and-coming perfumers and artists who are pushing the boundaries of traditional perfumery. These unique artists are allowed to express their experiences and passions giving the reader a new appreciation for fragrance.