Perfumes: The A-Z Guide. Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. Penguin (Non-Classics). Paperback - Oct. 27, 2009. ISBN: 978-0143115014
- the “go to” guide to fragrances with sometimes snarky reviews
The New Perfume Handbook (2nd Ed.) Groom, Nigel. Chapman & Hall, London: 1997. ISBN 0-7514-0403-9
Perhaps a little old now, but excellent articles on perfume materials and methods of extraction, botanical origins, etc.
The Essence of Perfume. Dove, Roja. Black Dog Publishing, London: ND. ISBN 978-1-906155-49-0
Very detailed about perfume ingredients, both natural and the more important synthetics. Also, lots of information about making perfumes, proportions of top, middle, and base notes in different formulations, etc.
The Secret of Scent. Turin, Luca. Harper Collins, New York: 2006. ISBN 0-06-113383-3
Turin's book on his theory on the physical mechanism of smell, but also full of interesting information about the breakdown ingredients of natural oils, etc.
What the Nose Knows. Gilbert, Avery. Crown, New York: 2008. ISBN 978-1-4000-8234-6
A book that includes interesting information about recent scientific studies of olfactory acuity, among other things.
Essence and Alchemy. Aftel, Mandy. North Point Press, New York: 2001. ISBN0-86547-553-9
An interesting book about historical and practical perfumery from a person who taught herself how to make scents.
The Chemistry of Fragrances. D.H. Pybus, C.S. Sell. Royal Society of Chemistry; 1 edition (October 20, 2004). ISBN-13: 978-0854045280
The Emperor of Scent: A Story of Perfume, Obsession, and the Last Mystery of the Senses. Chandler Burr. Random House; 1st edition (January 21, 2003). ISBN-13: 978-0375507977