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The Little Book of Perfumes: The Hundred Classics Hardcover – October 27, 2011

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"'Perfumes is one of the best books I have ever read. It is dazzlingly good' (India Knight, Sunday Times) 'It's a great book because it brilliantly combines technical knowledge with evocative, poetic and often laugh-out-loud-funny prose to provide incisive, vivid and honest criticism of all perfumes (from the 'staggeringly bad' to the 'deeply divine') If you want to open your mind to the intricacies of scent - and enjoy a brilliant, entertaining read along the way - I can't recommend it enough.' (Elle)" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Luca Turin is a scientist with a controversial theory of how we smell. He is the author of The Secret of Scent and the subject of the bestselling Emperor of Scent. Tania Sanchez is a perfume collector and expert, and journalist. They both live in Boston. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (October 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670023108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670023103
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 4.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let me start off by saying that I am a HUGE fan of the Perfumes: A-Z guide by the same authors. I own both of these, and I'm glad I do. This is the portable, can't miss version of the big guy. It's going to come with me to every perfume counter I visit until I've smelled all 96 of these that are still in production.

If you know someone who's interested in perfume, but not totally sure about it, this would be a great starter book. It presents 96 best-of-the-best perfumes with (approx. 1 page) reviews of each. The book also references price ($-$$$$) and a two word description of the perfume (e.g., huge floral, classic oriental) which I find to be extremely helpful, since sometimes I just want to cut to the chase and know what's so great about the perfume.

If you're a perfume fan and don't own either book yet, I'd go with the A-Z guide. It's slightly outdated (2007, I think?), but you have all the fun of being able to look up the perfumes that you love and see how Luca and Tania described them.

Now for the confusing part: The original reviews for these perfumes are from the A-Z guide (published a few years ago). However, since then, there have been changes to some of these 5-star perfume formulas. Luca and Tania include updates to their reviews, which is great. Unfortunately, some of these formulas no longer appear to be 5-star formulas. I suppose this is just the nature of the perfume world, but I would have preferred to see only a new review written on the new formula (rather than the old reviews + an update). I just found it a little confusing (thus the one star reduction in my review!).

Now excuse me, I've got to get back to reading about perfume...
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was very disappointing. It just contains the 5 star perfumes from Turin and Sanchez's Perfumes: The Guide A-Z. Same reviews, same text. About 20% is added text and updates. BIG waste of money. Just get The Guide, it's more entertaining!
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I am a perfume lover and this book got me started on really enjoying and understanding perfumes. It is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn a bit about the art of perfumery or just to know what they are buying in the store before they plop down a lot of money for a fragrance. Definitely recommended.
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By Alita on February 22, 2013
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This is a brief version of the massive perfume guide by the same authors. Here they are presenting and evaluating only the five stars fragrances, and at the end listing the best of the best in different categories. If you already have the Perfume Guide, don't buy this one, it contains nothing new. If you want to find out which are the true masterpieces of the olfactory art, and not resd reviews of the many less accomplish fragrances, then this is the book for you.
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Always in search of wonderful scents (whether in perfume, food or wine), I am now much prouder of my nose because of the perfume I fell in love with before discovering this wonderful book. Turin calls it "the richest perfume in existence" -- Amouage Gold. Even Amouage's effort to top it in their new "Attar" doesn't dull Gold's shine. I've spent happy hours at leisure with Turin's eloquent descriptions and sampled several of his 100 that I hadn't tried. Each left me with greater respect for him. If he isn't the greatest "nose" in the world of perfume, I can't imagine who is. He's added to my list of impossible dreams--seeing every place on earth, reading all books ever written, and on my perfume rack having all of his 100.
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Bought this LITTLE BOOK OF PERFUMES for myself recently. I find myself searching for a few new really great scents. Very well written. One of the first tips I read was regarding a website called LUCKY SCENTS. I purchased a sample pack of scents for a very reasonable price. Have been trying a new one every day. Recommend this book to any perfume lover or just if you're looking to increase your knowledge.
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This is an update and follow-on to the author's initial analysis of significant perfumes, their ingredients and their history. It is a marvelous compendium of the best of the best and worth reading as a stand alone.
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I checked out Perfumes A-Z by same authors from library. Ended up starring or scanning all of the 5 stars to remember them. Then I found out this book contains only the 5 stars. I still recommend checking out Perfumes A-Z, but for reference, this book is great.
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