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.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
To the publishers/authors: PLEASE update this book with perfumes made in the last 7 years!!
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I don't mind that the opinions are subjective or that the book is not a "hard" reference. The topic is perfume after all, which should be fun and not too serious. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Jennifer
Beware, this tome turned me into a perfume junkie and may do the same to you. A friend recommended it to me and he was spot on. Wonderful history and reviews of current fragrances. Read morePublished 27 days ago by NOLA Judy
This is JUST a guide. It's the compilation of two people's impressions of various perfumes. No reason to get upset if you don't agree. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Avid reader
Surely you weren't thinking of taking these opinions seriously? I am also sure, sensible person that you are, that you didn't pay more than a few bucks for a used copy of this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by E.Dickenson
Entertaining to say the least.. Many of the fragrances that people have considered popular, by some of the best houses in the world are given bad reviews by this author. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul