Picking a Perfect Perfume
For Perfumes: The Guide, Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez tested nearly 1,500 fragrances--some glorious, some foul. Here they offer some humble advice on finding something worth loving among the stinkers.
1. Smell top to bottom
Perfumes usually unfold in three (often very different) stages: the sparkling first few minutes are the fragrance's top note, followed by its true personality, known as the heart note, and ending with the base note, aka the drydown, hours later. Something you love at the counter you may loathe by the parking lot. We recommend top-to-bottom tests on skin and on paper, since some scents that disappoint on the heat of skin may shine on your shirtsleeve.
2. Write it down
Bring a pen to write names on paper test strips, so you're not in anguish hours later, trying to recall which is the third scent from the left that transports you to Shangri-La. Keep a cheap, possibly extremely trashy paperback on hand, so you can store strips between pages to keep them separate.
3. Rest your nose
Noses tune out, which is why you can smell your friends' homes but not your own. Smell no more than five scents per day on paper strips and try on only the best one or two, to keep your nose reliable.
4. Check the radiance
To get a good sense of how the perfume will smell to other people as you walk past, try spraying a test strip and leaving it in the room while you step out for a bit. Come back fifteen minutes later and breathe in: that's the radiance.
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Yes, the book is a delight to read, but I have found it much more fun to actually use.
I felt like I'd had an awkward dinner with someone I'd once respected, during which I watched them get drunk, vicious and gossipy, and left feeling disgusted.
Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez have written what is undoubtedly the definitive guide to perfumes.
I dont really know why i bought this book it is not really useful.Published 7 days ago by anthony s.
Very useful book when choosing which ones to try next. Most interesting to me was that I found that it wasn't my taste that had changed, it was the formulation of some scents. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Biondina
Entertaining but hardly comprehensive or informative. I read it in 1 hour. It was fun to rea up on fragrances you love and those you hate. For the Perfume nerd only.Published 19 days ago by ckmia
Although informative, the reviews really leave something to be desired in this book. Perfume is so subjective, and these are just the opinions of two reviewers, Luca Turin and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marianne
This is the most informative, laugh-out loud funny book on perfumes on the market. The authors have impeccable credentials and know perfume. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cynthia O.
I love this book, and if you are serious about perfumery, you should own it! HOWEVER, buy the paperback NOT the Kindle edition, which is outdated.Published 4 months ago by Island Java Guy
Interesting, fun book. Very informative although you might not always agree with the authors' reviews. I only wish they had included commentary on some discontinued perfumes.Published 5 months ago by momdeplume
My fiancé and I can't get enough of Luca Turin.
While we certainly don't agree with all of his opinions, he's entertaining as hell to read and his reviews are a top... Read more