The Little Book of Perfumes: The Hundred Classics by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez is now available for pre-order at the major online bookstores (delivery around 10/27):
Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez’s highly praised Perfumes: The Guide included more than 1,800 perfumes, both good and bad, masculine and feminine, new and old, cheap and expensive. THE LITTLE BOOK OF PERFUMES: The Hundred Classics (Viking; On-sale October 31, 2011; 9780670023103; $18.00) 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 legendary scents preserved only in the French museum of perfume, the Osmothèque. It makes the perfect gift for anyone searching for a brilliant fragrance—or just a brilliant read.
[...] While THE LITTLE BOOK OF PERFUMES celebrates such masterpieces of the perfumer’s art, it also sounds a warning: just as the four great historical perfumes described within are gone forever, the other ninety-six may be at risk too. Many perfumes are changing, some for the better but more often for the worse, due to negligence, penny-pinching, extraordinary regulatory decisions, misguided modernization and all the other shifts that can take your favorite perfume away from you forever.
So is your long-loved favorite still great? Turin and Sanchez weigh in on which classic perfumes are still worth hunting down, which new fragrances are destined to be remembered for years to come, which are better than ever and which seem on the decline. THE LITTLE BOOK OF PERFUMES is your guide to the beautiful, diverse, and controversial world of classic fragrances, before they’re gone forever.
Material is mostly taken from our original Perfumes: The Guide and Perfumes:The A-Z Guide, with 96 five-star reviews from those two editions.
A good number of those reviews have re-smelling notes appended, since many many older fragrances have been recently adjusted with new materials, which have changed the balance in some and utterly changed the character in others. Some current bottlings we were unable to get in time, unfortunately.
The new material includes a foreword by TS and an essay on the Osmothèque by LT; there are four reviews of long-lost, beautiful Osmothèque perfumes we tested during a presentation on perfume by the brilliant Patricia de Nicolaï, curator of the Osmothèque, at the French Embassy in Washington, DC, organized by Smithsonian Associates.
We'll be doing another Question & Answer with the authors in early November (if you missed the first, see here).
(top quote via press release, 2nd quote via honeyandthunder)