Even before Perfumes: The Guide came out, I was excited by it. (More background here. It's as enthralling as I'd hoped. If you love perfume, you must buy this book. If you love good writing, you must, at the very least, spend an afternoon at the library wrapped up in the wit of co-authors Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez.
The book begins with a short history of perfume, suggestions for choosing a fragrance to suit you, and other Fragrance 101 essentials. But the real joy of this book is browsing more than 1,200 perfume reviews. Turin and Sanchez are masters of description, whether they're praising their favorite scents or insulting others. Their gift for hilarious bitchery may be unrivaled in the beauty world, and the book is worth reading even if you're not obsessed with scent. Do pick it up; you won't regret it.