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The Little Book of Perfumes: The Hundred Classics Hardcover – October 27, 2011
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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 It's slightly outdated (2007, I think?), but you have all the fun of being able to look up the perfumes that you love and see how Luca and Tania described them.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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Trying to learn about perfume and understand what makes it so lovely, this book is a great help, and I find I can pick it up and read a page or two and I love to go to perfume... Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by lisa davis
How LT could narrow down the huge availability of classic frags is beyond me. The ones he chose were good selections, but the book was just not comprehensive enough. Read morePublished on June 8, 2013 by FragranceWindow
As usual, one must take Mr Turin with a large grain of salt, but this little book does outline 100 well known perfumes with detailed reviews. A fun read for the perfumista.Published on June 6, 2013 by carole
The book is okay but it contains a lot of dated information. it is still informative and a good place to start.Published on March 21, 2013 by Alex G.