Hello Posse Peeps! One of my great joys in the world of perfumery is my additional Fragrant Reading. Every night I scan my favourite blogs for information, opinion, interviews and scent. There are also a couple of reference books I find indispensable.
Lately for my Birthday & Christmas Jin has had this amazing idea. Instead of everyone buying me a shit gift that will be fake oohed and aaahed over before being packed up and sent to the goodwill he decided it would be MUCH better if I picked something expensive that I really wanted and that he would collect all out mates birthday money (it’s like Crowd Funding but for birthdays) and if there is a shortfall he makes up the difference. He got the idea from my mate Ainslie Walker who Crowd Funded the DIOR Perfumes book for me in 2014. Last year’s Birthday it was a leather motorbike jacket and this year it’s a fabulous chest of drawers for my bathing collection. You might want to think about that for a couple of these books…..
Fragrances Of The World by Michael Edwards
Fragrances Of The World has a yearly edition by Michael Edwards and his crew. It’s the ultimate perfumistas reference book. It has categories, stories, explanations and critiques. I get it every year but for most scent hounds it’s a one off buy referred to over the years, bookmarked, dog eared, post it noted. They get a life of their own and become and integral part of a perfumistas life.
Michael Edwards is responsible for the Fragrant Wheel, like a colour wheel but built in olfactory families. Once I got my head around this concept it made a whole lot of stuff fall into place for me.
Perfume: The A-Z Guide by Luca Turin & Tania Sanchez
This book was the inducement to the fragrant rabbit hole for so many perfumistas. I will often find myself discussing it with people at frag heads get togethers or people who know I’m into fragrance will ask if I have it. Whether you agree or disagree with the contents its did start a revolution in the way we think, talk and write about fragrance.
This is another reference book that ends up looking like it’s spent a winter hibernating with an OCD bear. I have two copies, one is pristine for reference and the other is hilarious with highlighter, crossings out, rude words and pictures where I disagree, post its, dog ears, pencil, pen and even a couple of pages that have come adrift stuffed back in willy nilly.
Dior Perfumes by Chandler Burr
The incredibly luscious book that all the Australian Perfume Junkies writers crowd funded for me in 2014. Just opening this book is enough to send you on a design high. The pictures, stories and absolute perfection make me swoon every time. My copy is starting to look loved but it still retains its regal dignity and I’ve not written, dog eared or post it noted it.
If you want to ramp up your knowledge or get a better view of fragrance over the years you can’t go past these books. If Fragrant Reading is your thing too then they will help you in so many ways, as well as being cracking good reads.
What is your favourite Fragrant Reading?
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