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The story behind the story of 4160 Tuesdays

18th November, 2014

Every perfumer has a story about how they got into the business of making fragrances. Sarah McCartney of 4160 Tuesdays tells the tale about how she wrote a novel featuring a problem-solving perfumer, and started making the scents she described in it. But instead of asking to read the novel, her family and friends asked for perfumes. Now, …

Roja Dove launches Fortnum & Mason exclusive, and relaunches book

10th September, 2014

Dove's The Essence of Perfume book has been relaunched. (our review of the 2008 version is here) He says:Writing this book has been one of the most intense experiences of my life – it is an account of my personal outlook and experience of the fragrance industry, and the knowledge of perfumery that I have gained over my career.The new vers…

Michael Edwards celebrates 30 Years of Fragrances of the World

14th February, 2014

Michael Edwards has launched the 2014 edition of Fragrances of the World, which celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. The book, which is often described as 'The Fragrance Bible', categorises fragrances by fragrance families. An explosion of scents had bombarded customers and Edwards saw a need to make sense of it all. Having worked …

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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 …

New Book: British Perfumery, a Fragrant History

by Pia Long, 04th December, 2013

Were Shakespeare's sonnets inspired by fragrant potions? Which English perfumery made its money selling Russian bear grease? Whose lavender plants were eaten by rabbits? Who applied for a job in a perfume lab still wearing his school shorts? Which aroma chemicals went into Coty's L'Origan? Whose chemist career started because he was "to…

New Book – Le Snob: Perfume by Dariush Alavi – due in October

03rd July, 2012

October sees the launch of Le Snob: Perfume, the latest in the Le Snob series which has included guides to whisky, cigars and champagne. The guides aims to help someone with a keen interest in a subject to start the process of becoming a connoisseur. The perfume guide has been written by Dariush Alavi, though you are more likely to recogn…

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…

"Three fragrances launches every day in 2011" says Michael Edwards

by Grant Osborne, 12th December, 2011

"On average three fragrances were launched every day in 2011." say the publishers of Michael Edwards' Fragrances of the World. "For the first time over 1,000 new fragrances have been added to [the book]." The 2012 (28th annual) edition is available now to order for delivery in January 2012, and features over 8,000 fragrances each cross-re…

Sanchez and Turin launch The Little Book of Perfumes later this month

by Grant Osborne, 10th October, 2011

Later this month, Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez’s latest book, The Little Book of Perfumes, is released. According to the publishers, the book is "devoted purely to those fragrances that earned their highest praise, the “masterpiece” rating. Stunningly produced, this petite volume concentrates on ninety-six top fragrances and four legend…

Michael Edwards launches Fragrances of the World 2011

by Grant Osborne, 23rd February, 2011

The 2011 edition features images of scent notes courtesy of Givaudan. "The photographs take us, visually speaking, to the core of raw materials,” explains Hugh Wilson, Givaudan’s Head of Marketing Fine Fragrance - Europe. “The enigma of fine photography has always been to see familiar things in a new and exciting light. This has been our…

30th November: Book signing at Lalique, London with Christie Mayer Lefkowith, author of 'The Art Of Rene Lalique'.

by Grant Osborne, 25th November, 2010

On Tuesday November 30th, Christie Mayer Lefkowith, author of 'The Art Of Rene Lalique', will be making a personal appearance (between 3pm and 9pm) at the Lalique Boutique, 47 Conduit Street, W1 for the signing of the book. The book is lavishly illustrated and provides a photographic and historical review of Lalique's history in the perfu…

Elizabeth Arden Sign Fragrance Licensing Agreement With Danielle Steel

22nd September, 2005

Elizabeth Arden announced today that the Company signed an exclusive global licensing agreement with Danielle Steel, the internationally acclaimed novelist, to develop and market her own line of fragrance products to debut debut in the US in Autumn 2006.The partnership marks the author's entry into the prestige fragrance market -- the col…