The Little Book of Perfumes

The Little Book of Perfumes
Lucia Turin and Tania Sanchez
Reviewed by Alexandra Murphy
Serpent's Tail
Thu, 03/11/2011

This is the ultimate gift-giver’s gift, ideal for Christmas in its handbag sized format and beautiful new design. 

Sachez and Turin’s Little Book of Perfumes is a sublime distillation of their earlier and more all-encompassing labour of love, Perfumes: The A – Z Guide. While the previous book gave detailed, poetic and perfected notes on the good, the bad and the downright repulsive, this slender gift-sized volume is a positive approach, recording 96 of the best (and four of the forgotten but beautiful) scents in their most recent incarnations. Sanchez’s human and warmly welcoming introduction sets the tone for the book, a delectable dip-in, dip-out masterpiece.

From strange rare fragrances, like the unrivalled Iris Gris, to the names we know so well (Angel, by Theirry Mugler, Tommy Girl and White Linen), Turin and Sanchez have selected and sampled each one for its stand out qualities, its beauty or its memorable scent. They tactfully and timelessly ignore marketing, packaging and, although they include a handy key for planning purchases, price, for a truly accurate representation of each perfume.

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