It’s only fair that given the amount of time I’ve spent writing about the smell of books that I should be focusing on the perfume book itself. Here are all of my books on perfume that I use for research, inspiration, and most importantly, a bit of eye candy. On Perfume Making by Frédéric Malle is a total coffee table book, with gorgeous photos but not much in the way of substantive text. For all of the theory heads out there, there is Anthony Synott’s Aroma: The Cultural History of Smell contains nerdier, scholarly texts on the social aspects of perfume. I also love looking at the cover art.
Can you suggest any books on perfume that I should add to my collection? Already on my wishlist: Alyssa Harad’s Coming to My Senses and Denise Beaulieu’s The Perfume Lover.