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Perfumes, Splashes & Colognes: Discovering and Crafting Your Personal Fragrances Paperback – January 11, 1997
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Just take the quick "personal scent profile" quiz in this book to pinpoint your fragrance preferences, then create perfumes, splashes, and colognes that are uniquely you!
Professional perfumer Nancy Booth provides step-by-step, illustrated instructions for making personal blends -- and creating your favorite perfumes -- using herbs, essential oils, fragrance oils, and alcohol.
With Perfumes, Splashes & Colognes you'll learn how to:
*Craft personal fragrances for the entire family
* Make fragrant mixtures for the home, including potpourris and burning perfumes
* Care for, store, and apply your homemade fragrances
* Package your creations as attractive gifts
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Top Customer Reviews
The recipes are informative with a description of the type of scent it will make along with the instructions. Resources for obtaining ingredients are included along with suggestions for storing, and gift giving. I have throughly enjoyed this book.
This book is another case. It clearly states that it is for beginers (and, by the way, never claims to be solely about 'natural' perfumes). A couple of reviewers criticize it for containing a classification of popular commercial perfumes into the categories of scents that is used in the text.
Is it really that difficult to figure out why such a table is useful for someone that is seeing a perfumes classification scheme for the first time? For those that still don't get it: it's because you exemplify each category with a scent that the reader either very probably knows (since he's reading a book on perfumes, chances are he knows the most common commercial ones) or can easily go to a nearby drugstore and try it.
Not only that, but we can all presume that one of the pleasures of learning the basics of perfume-making is when, for the first time, you make a "perfect copy" of commercially successfull product.
This is the sort of explanation that naturaly comes to anyone that approaches a book with a clear, good-natured mind. People who are unable to put themselves into the targeted audience's shoes would do better avoiding the confusion they create with their self-centered opinions.
Your appreciation of this book will be greatly influenced by your feelings about synthetic fragrances. I don't think the author did a poor job, she simply wrote from her own perspective, one that I do not share. If you are into synthetic fragrances and commercial perfumes, you will probably be happy with this book - if not, look further.
Mandy Aftel has come out with a book about natural perfumery - called Scents & Sensibilities - that I do not own yet, but may be worth checking out. I do own Mindy Green's book about perfumery, which is full of recipes. The only problem I have with it is that so many of the blends contain sandalwood, an oil that comes from a threatened species.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This fragrance book is probably my favorite, lots of useful informationPublished 9 months ago by Cece
I really like this book, it's what I was looking for. Plus the price was great...Published 10 months ago by Michael S.
Nice introduction to home perfume making. For those of you complaining that this is not a natural perfume book, the book clearly says that it is not; however, the methods and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by P. Jones