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Book Review – Essential Oil Safety Second Edition, by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young

by Anya McCoy, 22nd August, 2014

Medical personnel routinely reach for the Physicians Desk Reference (PDR) book every time they need to research or confirm a prescription drug. What is the dose? How many times a day to administer? What are the side effects? What possible drug interactions may occur, etc.? The PDR is regarded as indispensable to ethical, careful treatment…

Book Review: Perfume, The Art and Craft of Fragrance by Karen Gilbert

by Lila Das Gupta, 29th January, 2014

This is a superb book which will be of interest to those who are new to perfume as well as those who are aficionados. Author Karen Gilbert teaches perfumery courses in London and is a former IFF (International Flavours and Fragrances) evaluator. She was also a formulator for Neal’s Yard Remedies. The book starts with the Psychology of …

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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…

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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…

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 …

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 …

Book Review: Essential Oils: Art, Agriculture, Science, Industry and Entrepreneurship: a Focus on the Asia-pacific Region by Murray Hunter

by Anya McCoy, 15th July, 2010

If you saw this on a bookshelf in a store, or came across it online, you might not be aware of the value of the information on essential oils and how it relates to you, a lover of perfume. After all, you’re probably a perfumista reading this, and you know essential oils are used in perfumery, but the book title seems a bit dry and academ…