Perfumes, The A-Z Guide
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Pompous names, bizarre ads, hundreds of new scents a year—the multibillion-dollar business of fragrance has long resisted understanding. At last the first critical—and critically acclaimed—guide to perfume illuminates the mysteries of this secretive industry. Lifelong perfume fanatics Luca Turin (best known as the subject of Chandler Burr's The Emperor of Scent) and Tania Sanchez exalt, wisecrack, and scold through their reviews with passion, eloquence, and erudition, making this book a must-have for anyone looking for a brilliant fragrance—or just a brilliant read.

A follow-up to the original hardcover, this paperback edition adds 450 new review, more FAQs, and an index of brands.

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This title is out of print but it's good to see it available here. Often cited, it's perhaps the single most influential book about perfumes ever published. One may or may not be in sync with the authors' personal tastes and preferences but in any event their reviews are interesting, educational, and above all entertaining. This updated version came out in 2009, so many of the reviews refer to fragrances that have no doubt been reformulated since that time, meaning that what they wrote about and what you'll smell today may be quite different. Nevertheless, this is required reading for perfume lovers.
By   - Guy from San Francisco on 12/4/2016
I have owned this for some time. It is a wonderful guide to perfumes - fabulous for those new to the perfume world and marvelous fun for those who have been loving fragrances for years. Some of the reviews are hilariously on target, others should be taken with a grain of salt (so to speak). The authors personal biases show through a little (some scorn of "big whites"), but all in all one of the best reads around. Hours of entertainment.
By   - attorney (retired) from Fairfax VA on 9/6/2014
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