The Little Book of Perfumes: The Hundred Classics by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez is officially on sale now — if you pre-ordered, you probably already have your copy.
If you don't know what it is, you can find the book announcement here. I'm not going to review it (nor is anyone else around here, since we haven't got a book reviewer at the moment), but I'll tell you a few things I noticed right away:
The snark is gone, largely because they're only talking about fragrances they think are good. If you liked the snark, that will be a minus, but for those who were put off by the tone, this is the volume you want.
Many of you were wondering if you needed The Little Book if you already owned one of the original two versions (Perfumes: The Guide or Perfumes: The A-Z Guide). That is, of course, up to you, but there is new material, albeit not a ton of it (and it's a short book in any case). If you want more specifics on what's new, see the book announcement linked above. To me, even the updates on recent versions of classic fragrances are worth the price of admission. Here's their take on the newest formulation of my very old and dear friend Dior Eau Sauvage:
The entire heart has fallen out of this fragrance. It is now close to Jo Malone's Lime Basil & Mandarin, a perfectly nice refined light citrus but no longer in the least bit Sauvage. TS
Well. The less said about that, perhaps, the better, and do bear in mind that the Diorissimo, one of the greatest perfumes ever made, isn't included at all because it's now so crappy that it doesn't make the cut. Thanks, IFRA!
It's a compact little thing — about 8 1/2 by 4 3/4. Slipping it into your purse (or man-bag) and carrying it with you when you go shopping will not be a problem.
There are nine Top 10 lists, including Desert Island lists for both authors.
It is just as much fun as ever to disagree with them. There is already an apoplectic comment on the Amazon page complaining that there's nothing included from Annick Goutal or Frédéric Malle (and you'll find many other perfumista favorites missing as well).
Once again, Luca and Tania have agreed to answer our questions about perfume and their new book.* Think of this as a group interview project — you can ask your questions in the comments below, and then I’ll compile them and send them off and when I get the answers back I’ll post them in a new article. I can’t swear they’ll answer all our questions (perhaps we’ll have to see how many we get) but I’m sure they’ll do their best. I’ll leave the comments open until whatever time I get up (and remember) on Sunday morning, then I’ll shut off the commenting feature for this article.
Oh, and if you just want to comment on the book but you don't have a question, that's fine too!
Update: oops, I completely forgot to say that a review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.