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Perfumes, Splashes & Colognes: Discovering and Crafting Your Personal Fragrances Paperback – January 11, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 11, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882669850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882669854
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We live in a world surrounded by scents, some pleasant and some not always to our liking. Homemade natural scents can provide a pleasing alternative to commercial products. Booth, a teacher of perfumery, provides recipes for perfumes and other scented items using mainly essential oils, spices, herbs, and fruit extracts. A description of perfume ingredients and correct use of scents is included. Practical line drawings typical of this publisher accompany the text. A good selection for crafts collections.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Back Cover

Discover Your Signature Scent and Craft Truly Personal Perfumes at Home!

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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Customer Reviews

If you are just starting out this is a great book.
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In my view, this book has somewhat lots of information and the contents were easy to read for me as a foreigner.
Eunsook Lee
Her brief description of the history of fragrances was interesting and informative.
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85 of 85 people found the following review helpful By BronxLake@aol.com on December 1, 1997
Format: Paperback
Nancy Booth has taken what can sometimes seem a confusing hobby, creating your own fragrances, and broken it down into easy to understand language. Her brief description of the history of fragrances was interesting and informative. I also appreciated the list she provides categorizing many popular scents on the market today. The quick and simple quiz included allows you to pinpoint what types of fragrances you or your friends are most drawn to. Her descriptions of the various scent profiles also helped me pinpoint which fragrances would appeal to friends and relatives. In addition to all of this she provides numerous, easy to follow recipes for perfumes and colognes that can be created quite easily at home. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in creating their own fragrances.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Jackson on February 11, 2004
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I rated this book a 3 because it wasn't really what I expected. While it was very helpful to have the various scent classifications, the history of perfume and the Q&A test for finding your personal scent categories, this simply took up too much of the book. I guess my problem is that I was looking specifically for a "recipe book," not a page-after-page listing of designer perfumes and what scent category they fall into. Not quite sure why the author devoted so much of the book to this when the book is supposed to be about crafting your own perfumes and scents. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of great information here and it is well presented, it just wasn't really what I had in mind when I bought the book. :)
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Patty Carncross on February 18, 2002
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Perfumes, Splashes & Colognes is an education in fragrance. This is a great book for the unschooled reader. The author takes you through many aspects of fragrances, their classifications, the crafting of fine perfume, and the history behind fragrances.
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.
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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful By M. Mello on March 18, 2006
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Some Amazon reviewers seem to miss completely the point of the books they are rating. One example: among the reviews of a book on yoga for (very) fat people, some commentators criticize the author for changing some of the classical positions. If one can work out the correct positions, why is he(she) meddling into, and messing up, the references for less fortunate people?

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.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2000
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This book has almost everything you'll want to know. It has many recipes for men, women and teens. It also describes very well many smells of different essential oils used in perfumery. I wanted to be a little creative and make up my own perfumes. I just wish there were more tips on what scents compliment eachother so that this was easier.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By sequoianorcal on June 6, 2005
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I was disappointed when I purchased this book about two years ago. I was expecting it to be more about natural perfumery. It does have some fully natural recipes, but many include synthetics. There's also a big focus on commercial perfumes and for me that was essentially useless. I was actually a bit surprised that Storey published this since most of their books have a more natural focus.

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.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By DorianLS on May 10, 2005
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I bought this book last week and will be returning it today (thank goodness for Amazon's very generous return policy). I am interested in natural perfumery (i.e., using essential oils and other fragrance materials of natural origin) and wanted a book which would give recipes and guidance as to how these might be combined to create unique fragrances and perfumes. However this book's recipes (of which is offers not as many as I had hoped) include the use of synthetic 'fragrance oils', and in fact most of the perfumes are based primarily upon these synthetic substances. So for me, the book is totally useless. I would underline what was written by a previous reviewer: "page listing of designer perfumes and what scent category they fall into. Not quite sure why the author devoted so much of the book to this when the book is supposed to be about crafting your own perfumes and scents". I gave two stars because although the book is useless to me, it might be of some value for someone who doesn't mind using synthetic fragrance materials. Even so, I find the book pretty elementary, but I only skimmed it briefly so I can't judge except from my initial impressions.
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