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Le Snob : Perfume by Dariush Alavi – Book Review

by Thomas Dunckley, 05th December, 2012

“Smell matters. It really is as simple as that.” Book deals for perfume bloggers very much seem to be the in thing at the moment and as far as I’m concerned this is not something one should complain about. After all some of the best perfume writers are bloggers and their insight into the secret world of scent should b…

Book Review: The Diary of A Nose by Jean Claude-Ellena

by Thomas Dunckley, 27th August, 2012

“Each new olfactory story is a gamble.”Last year Hermes’ in-house perfumer and all-round-perfume-genius, Jean-Claude Ellena, released a book Perfume:The Alchemy of Scent, that took us inside the inner workings of a perfumer and the perfumer industry. This year he has taken things one step further by taking us deep into his inner most thou…

Book Review: On Perfume Making by Frederic Malle

by Thomas Dunckley, 29th June, 2012

Despite its beauty, insight and glory On Perfume Making feels more like a company brochure, albeit a rather fabulous one, rather than a book that adds something new and exciting to the world of perfume-based literature. Its price and size, both of which are relatively large by most people’s standards, are also set to alienate it from tho…

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Book Review: Floating Gold by Christopher Kemp

by Thomas Dunckley, 09th May, 2012

“It was unremarkable in appearance: a mottled white and gray color, irregular in shape, slightly flattened, and about the size of a football. But it had a strong door, which was unusual and difficult to categorize.” If, like me, your knowledge on the subject of ambergris could sit neatly on the head of a pin, then molecular biologist and …

The Perfume Lover by Denyse Beaulieu : Book Review

by Thomas Dunckley, 28th February, 2012

“I am a perfume lover trying to think through perfume, both in the sense of thinking the matter through, and in the sense that perfume is one of the language’s I use to understand the world”Perfume is a language that everybody speaks, whether they are aware of it or not. It is the language of times gone-by and places visited in the past, …

Perfume: The Alchemy of Scent by Jean-Claude Ellena Review

by Thomas Dunckley, 20th January, 2012

“To create is to interpret odors by changing them into signs and for these signs to convey meaning.” Following the creative process of any perfumer is always a thrilling and eye-opening experience, and Ellena is no exception. He lets us in to his curious and creative mind and speaks very frankly about his inspirations for fragrances such…

Review - The Little Book of Perfumes: The Hundred Classics

by Thomas Dunckley, 03rd December, 2011

Love them or hate them, the King and Queen of perfume-related snark are back with another instalment in their guides to perfume. This time Turin and Sanchez have sifted out the bad and the ugly and have focused on creating a compilation of their top 100 perfumes of all time. Well, saying this is a compilation of their top 100 perfumes is …