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'I've long wished perfumery to be taken seriously as an art, and for scent critics to be as fierce as opera critics, and for the wearers of certain qfragrancesq to be hissed in public, while others are cheered. This year has brought Perfumes: The Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, which I breathed in, rather than read, in one delighted gulp.' Hilary Mantel, Guardian Perfumes: The Guide is the culmination of Turin's lifelong obsession and rare scientific flair and Sanchez's stylish and devoted blogging about every scent that she's ever loved and loathed. Together they make a fine and utterly persuasive argument for the unrecognised craft of perfume-making. Perfume writing has certainly never been this honest, compelling or downright entertaining.If seasons are your excuse for buying lots of fragrances, in the belief that you need a yearround wardrobe, dona#39;t let us stop you. ... were marketing ploys designed to make the average person feel uniquely addressed by and bonded to the product, as if the perfume were like a mood ring or shrink-tofit jeans, sensitive to the wearera#39;s medical history, soul, or waistline. ... (This can also mean that you find the scent pleasant on someone else but tiresome to smell all day on your own arm.)anbsp;...

Author:Luca Turin, Tania Sanchez
Publisher:Profile Books - 2010-08-06


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