10 Products For People Who Are Obsessed With the Smell of New Books
It was Karl Lagerfeld who once stated that the smell of a freshly printed book is the best perfume in the world. If you've ever rifled through the pages of a new book just to catch a whiff of fresh ink on crisp paper, then you probably understand — there's just something so intoxicating about the scent. And these days, you don't even need a new book (or a bookstore or a library) to experience that new-book smell; you can indulge anytime you want thanks to these genius products. They may not replace the scent of the real deal, but they might spare you sniffing pages in public (and getting weird looks in return). Although you can still do that, too; we won't judge.
Maison Margiela Replica Whispers in the Library
The familiar scents of books and waxed, wooden furniture are captured in Maison Margiela Replica Whispers in the Library ($130). It's warm, woody, and spicy with key notes of pepper, vanilla, and cedar.
MacDuffs Soap Company Leatherbound Book Handmade Soap Bar
The strong notes of leather and crisp paper mingled with the subtle notes of vanilla and musk in this MacDuffs Soap Company Leatherbound Book Handmade Soap Bar ($7) will conjure up your favorite bookstore.
Byredo M/Mink Eau de Parfum
This M/Mink Eau de Parfum ($265) is a collaboration between Byredo and Parisian creative agency M/M. Inspired by a block of solid ink from Asia and Korean traditional paper, the fragrance features rich notes of adoxal, incense, and patchouli.
ChiCandle New Book Pages Literary Soy Candle
Crisp pages, fresh ink, ambered glue, and a touch of cedar and driftwood: this New Book Pages Literary Soy Candle ($19) smells like opening a brand-new book. This Etsy shop also has a New Bookstores Candle if you like a hint of espresso aroma with your books.
With notes of violet and potpourri, Demeter Paperback ($4-$34) tastefully harnesses the comforting scent of a visit to your favorite bookstore or library. You can purchase the scent in a variety of forms, including perfume, body lotion, shower gel, and diffuser oil.
Hearth & Hammer General Fine Print Literary Soy Candle
With notes of citrus, amber, and dark musk, this Hearth & Hammer General Fine Print Literary Soy Candle ($30) is meant to conjure up the image of words on a page. The brand also carries a First Edition Literary Soy Candle featuring notes of sandalwood and leather and inspired by the scent of a forgotten leather-bound book.