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Bella Book: Perfumes: The Guide

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.

jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
I want!!
chiquita29 chiquita29 9 years
Interesting, i'll check it out.
kittylitter1 kittylitter1 9 years
I got this a week or two ago, and have been dipping into at a little at a time. The reviews are fantastic, giving a feel for the character of the scent rather than simply listing notes. Some of the bad reviews are laugh-out-loud funny, too. No scent strips, probably because they would clash & overwhelm, bothering people with a sensitivity to scent, then fade & fail to do justice to the scents they once held.
kahribar kahribar 9 years
I love, love, love perfume so I am sure I will get this book. Thanks!
TrishaAtMF TrishaAtMF 9 years
I really do miss out on a lot. I'm allergic to most fragrances, so I can't take advantage of perfume like most. :(
katiejane24 katiejane24 9 years
I absolutely want this for some nice summer reading...
silly3 silly3 9 years
This book was reviewed in The New Yorker, of all places, and the author absolutely loved it because the descriptions were so rich. I wouldn't have even noticed the book before reading the review, but may just have to check it out at the bookstore. And hooligan - I've heard no mention of smelly strips, but that would be cool, if overwhelming!
hooligan hooligan 9 years
Can you smell the book as well as read it? That might be too much - if it was full of fragrance strips!!!!! :P
dhini dhini 9 years
I love parfums
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