We can take it easy now. This book is almost on its way. Why should one get excited only because some journalist chose to give us what everybody is waiting for: a top-10 list to tear apart, two of them! Such charts are bound to turn against their author. At best they make a very few happy while causing protest and outrage with the majority of readers. Could a book author really want to expose himself / herself to something that will inevitably become a tiring subject in interviews and more serious discussions with his readers? Say anything you want about LT - he isn't stupid! 1200 reviews must have produced way over 20 perfume ratings of 5/5. Why didn't those make it, and where are the uniscents ? Until that becomes clear, I am not going to criticize anything about the book. The article probably just intended to raise some curiosity. And that obviously worked!
Luca Turin wrote his first Guide (two editions) without any ratings and, of course, without forcing a preference list on his (French) readers. But this was a European book and for a different market. Still, it is so unlike the master and pioneer of critical perfume review to feel comfortable in the straight-jacket of formal digital rating, and of writing meaningless charts. Those familiar with the Le Guide will remember that he had a system of encouraging men and women alike to try almost everything he had selected, from Paco Rabanne’s Calandre to Caron’s Yatagan. As you may also recall, the seventies and eighties didn’t know uniscents yet. I stopped counting, but there is practically no Caron perfume he didn’t write a recommendation for in 1992-94.
Hopefully the book contains more surprises. If not provided by Turin, then certainly by Tania S., introduced in very few words by John Lanchester’s book review : “Sanchez is that happy thing, a perfume critic.” ( recommended ) A perfume critic I had never heard of. As it turns out, this is Tanja in Turins Perfume blog of 2006, and Tanja who edited Turins book ‘Secret of Scent’. Too bad she also deleted all of her own perfume reviews on MUA (Make-up Alley) a while ago. But as we have access to the updated versions soon, this sin will weigh less heavy. 'This lady is one of us, if you will, and reportedly gifted with exactly that kind of humor I sometimes miss on this board. And so I am looking forward to hours of entertaining reading. “The question that women casually shopping for perfume ask more than any other is this: ‘What scent drives men wild?’ After years of intense research, we know the definitive answer. It is bacon.” Bless her!
This Guide wasn't written primarily for Basenoters and other perfume bloggers. But even if I should be disappointed reading it - to have details about 1200 fragrances
neatly at hand for a fraction of yet another colognemay turn out to be useful.