Surprisingly, during the lockdown I’ve actually finally did some things I’ve wanted to do for ages but never even started. One of them was the fact that I’ve finally finished Perfumes: The Guide 2018 by Turin and Sanchez.
I have been meaning to learn more about perfumery for a long time, and this book was a great help.
You may say that perfumes are very subjective, and you are correct. But there are still some basic facts and knowledge which can be very helpful.
So in the last several years, I have been attending masterclasses held by the perfumers, reading about the history of the scent and, most importantly, going to the perfume counters, smelling the actual thing. And it’s been an incredible journey so far.
While I am not someone who wants hundreds of bottles of scents, I would like a few bottles which I really love. While I do respect people who have a signature scent for years (or even for life), I still like to use different aromas which suit my mood and the way I am feeling that day. I also like different notes in summer and winter.
If you, like me, want to know more about the wonderful world of perfumes – this book a great way to start, it is brilliantly written. I like the no bs approach and the dry humour of the authors. So, keep that in mind, if that is not something you enjoy.
Here is just an example of one of the reviews. Needless to say, that I have quite a wish list of the things I want to smell, and, potentially add to my collection.
Besides the book I have also been watching this Channel (and reading the website).