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Author : Patrick Süskind
Publisher : Vintage
Release : 2001
Page : 255
Category : Fiction
ISBN 13 : 0375725849
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An odorless baby found orphaned in a Paris gutter in 1738 grows to become a monster obsessed with his perfect sense of smell and a desire to capture, by any means, the ultimate scent that will make him human. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.


Author : Patrick Süskind
Publisher : Penguin UK
Release : 2015-06-25
Page : 272
Category : Fiction
ISBN 13 : 0241975328
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Chosen as a summer read by the Guardian and Telegraph 2020 Patrick Süskind's Perfume is a classic novel of death and sensuality in Paris In eighteenth-century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages. His name was Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, and if his name has been forgotten today, it is certainly not because Grenouille fell short of those more famous blackguards when it came to arrogance, misanthropy, immorality, or, more succinctly, wickedness, but because his gifts and his sole ambition were restricted to a domain that leaves no traces in history: to the fleeting realm of scent . . . 'An astonishing tour de force both in concept and execution' Guardian 'A meditation on the nature of death, desire and decay ... a remarkable début' Peter Ackroyd, The New York Times Book Review 'An ingenious and totally absorbing fantasy' Daily Telegraph 'Witty, stylish and ferociously absorbing' Observer


Author : Patrick Suskind
Publisher : Vintage
Release : 2014-05-14
Page : 272
Category : Fiction
ISBN 13 : 0804152977
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An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind’s classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man’s indulgence in his greatest passion—his sense of smell—leads to murder. In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift—an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the “ultimate perfume”—the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brilliance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity. Translated from the German by John E. Woods.


Author : Lizzie Ostrom
Publisher : Random House
Release : 2015-10-22
Page : 384
Category : Design
ISBN 13 : 1473506085
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The incredible stories of 100 perfumes from a whole century of scents. Signature scents and now lost masterpieces; the visionaries who conceived them; the wild and wonderful campaigns that launched them; the women and men who wore them – every perfume has a tale to tell. Join Lizzie Ostrom, dubbed ‘the Heston Blumenthal of perfume’ (Daily Mail), on an olfactory adventure as she explores the trends and crazes that have shaped the way we’ve spritzed.


Author : Sarah McCartney
Samantha Scriven
Publisher : Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Release : 2021-11-09
Page : 288
Category : Crafts & Hobbies
ISBN 13 : 0711242186
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The Perfume Companion is a beautifully illustrated compendium of almost 500 recommended scents. It organizes and explores fragrances in a bid to guide readers toward new favourites. Filled with vibrant descriptions and specially commissioned detailed illustrations that bring the fragrances and their beautiful bottles to life, it is the ideal introduction to the complex world of scent.


Author : Luca Turin
Tania Sanchez
Publisher : Profile Books
Release : 2010-08-06
Page : 620
Category : Business & Economics
ISBN 13 : 1847651526
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'I've long wished perfumery to be taken seriously as an art, and for scent critics to be as fierce as opera critics, and for the wearers of certain "fragrances" to be hissed in public, while others are cheered. This year has brought Perfumes: The Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, which I breathed in, rather than read, in one delighted gulp.' Hilary Mantel, Guardian Perfumes: The Guide is the culmination of Turin's lifelong obsession and rare scientific flair and Sanchez's stylish and devoted blogging about every scent that she's ever loved and loathed. Together they make a fine and utterly persuasive argument for the unrecognised craft of perfume-making. Perfume writing has certainly never been this honest, compelling or downright entertaining.


Author : Tom Robbins
Publisher : Bantam
Release : 2003-06-17
Page : 352
Category : Fiction
ISBN 13 : 0553897926
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Jitterbug Perfume is an epic. Which is to say, it begins in the forests of ancient Bohemia and doesn’t conclude until nine o’clock tonight (Paris time). It is a saga, as well. A saga must have a hero, and the hero of this one is a janitor with a missing bottle. The bottle is blue, very, very old, and embossed with the image of a goat-horned god. If the liquid in the bottle actually is the secret essence of the universe, as some folks seem to think, it had better be discovered soon because it is leaking and there is only a drop or two left.


Author : Lizzie Ostrom
Publisher : Pegasus Books
Release : 2017-09-12
Page : 384
Category : Art
ISBN 13 : 9781681775135
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Join Lizzie Ostrom on an olfactory adventure as she explores the trends and crazes that have shaped the way we’ve spritzed. One hundred perfumes and scents in all their fragrant glory reveal a fascinating social history of the past century. From the belle epoque through the swinging sixties, to the naughty nineties and beyond, Ostrom brings intelligence and wit to this most ravishing of subjects.There was the patriotic impact of English Lavender during World War I and perfumes that captured the Egyptomania of the 1920s. Estee Lauder created "Youth Dew" and with it, distilled the essence of 1950's suburbia. Patchouli oil—the "anti-perfume" of the 1960s—was sure to keep money out of the hands of corporations and "the man." And who could forget the fervor created by the grunge androgyny of CK One? Scent is truly the passport to memory, making Perfume both a lush treat and an insightful examination of the twentieth century through the most mysterious of the five sense.


Author : Charles Sell
Publisher : Royal Society of Chemistry
Release : 2019-07-26
Page : 166
Category : Religion
ISBN 13 : 1788017307
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Perfume is part of the biblical text from Genesis through to Revelation, just as perfume pervades our modern life. Identifying the ingredients used in biblical times is difficult when information and meaning is lost in ancient languages. As expected, biblical perfumes were made from natural products but the range employed is surprisingly different from those of modern perfumes. The biblical ingredients are either defensive substances or products of decay, opening up an avenue of speculation as to why this is so. Charles Sell started his research into this area whilst working at Givaudan, the world’s leading manufacturer of perfumes and flavours. The introductory chapter of this book gives a brief outline of the history of the Bible lands, paving the way to understanding the difficulties in identifying exactly which plant sources the original authors meant. Other chapters discuss how plants make chemicals and how the sense of smell functions. The book explores the preparation, storage and uses of perfume, both sacred and secular, and compares and contrasts biblical perfumes with their modern equivalents. It recounts some interesting biblical events involving perfume ranging from courtship through seduction to prostitution and murder. The use of beautiful images from the windows of Canterbury Cathedral, where the author is a guide, illustrate some of the people and events in the biblical accounts and enable visualization of the historical uses of perfumes. The book is aimed at a broad audience and requires no prior specialised knowledge. The subject matter will be of interest to everyone, including chemists and general scientists, historians, those interested in perfumery, those interested in religious studies, and anyone interested in exploring chemistry in the world of art and the creative professions.


Author : Kathleen Tessaro
Publisher : Harper Paperbacks
Release : 2014-02-04
Page : 464
Category : Fiction
ISBN 13 : 9780062257840
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London, 1955: Grace Monroe is a fortunate young woman. Despite her sheltered upbringing in Oxford, her recent marriage has thrust her into the heart of London's most refined and ambitious social circles. However, playing the role of the sophisticated socialite her husband would like her to be doesn't come easily to her—and perhaps never will. Then one evening a letter arrives from France that will change everything. Grace has received an inheritance from a mysterious benefactor, Eva d'Orsey, whom she's never met. So begins a search that takes Grace to a long-abandoned perfume shop on Paris's Left Bank, where she discovers the seductive world of perfumers and their muses, and a surprising love story. Told by invoking the three distinctive perfumes she inspired, Eva d'Orsey's story weaves through the decades, from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris, and London. But these three perfumes hold secrets. And as Eva's past and Grace's future intersect, Grace must choose between the life she thinks she should live and the person she is truly meant to be.


Author : Silvena Rowe
Publisher : Ecco
Release : 2011-06-14
Page : 256
Category : Cooking
ISBN 13 : 9780062071590
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Silvena Rowe, executive chef of London's exquisite restaurant Quince at the May Fair Hotel, invites you on a journey through Eastern Mediterranean history and its culinary secrets. Here, the olive oil, rosemary, and basil of the West meet the exotic spices of the East for a contemporary cuisine of surprising lightness and variety. From tempting starters such as creamy feta and caramelized leek filo pastries to sumptuous entrÉes such as spiced pilaf with duck confit, raisins, and pine nuts to heavenly desserts like maple-glazed roasted figs with pistachio praline, this is food for celebrating, for healthy living, and, above all, for sharing. Rowe offers a modern twist on the classic recipes of a rich tradition, following in the footsteps of the great Ottoman chefs who combined the sweet and the sour, the fresh and the dried, the flavors of honey and cinnamon, saffron and sumac, scented rose and orange flower water. Filled with mouthwatering recipes that can be made using surprisingly simple and easy-to-find ingredients, and illustrated with stunning photographs, Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume brings to life the natural beauty and irresistible flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean.


Author : Sue Phillips
Publisher : Central Park South Publishing
Release : 2021-02-14
Page : 240
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 13 : 9781736313435
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Have you ever walked down the street and you suddenly stop in your tracks because you encounter a familiar fragrance? Perhaps a scent wafting in the air reminds you of the memory of your first kiss? Or the whiff of baby powder immediately takes you back to a beautiful newborn? Do the iconic perfumes of Chanel #5 and Shalimar remind you of your grandmother? This has happened to me several times where I live in Manhattan, and every now and again I will have an 'olfactive moment' and suddenly I smell an aroma that takes me back to my childhood in South Africa. This book is a compilation of my love of perfume and the answers given to the numerous questions asked by so many people who are fascinated by this marvelous subject, of how to choose it, where to wear it, and the many fragrance lovers I have met over the years whom I know will enjoy it. I hope you discover the magic and mystery of this extraordinary and powerful sense as you come with me on this fragrance journey.


Author : N. Groom
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2012-12-06
Page : 323
Category : Science
ISBN 13 : 9401122962
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In 1948 I was posted, as a Political Officer, to a remote part of south-west Arabia on the edge of the great desert called the Empty Quarter. In valleys made fertile by seasonal flood-waters lay the remains of an ancient civilization. I found inscriptions and the ruin sites of towns, palaces and temples. Almost buried under the sand dunes were the tumbled walls of a great city. From here, two thousand years before, huge camel caravans had trudged their way along 1600 miles of burning sand and rocks to Petra and Gaza, burdened with a most precious cargo - frankincense, myrrh and other perfume materials for the courts, temples and perfume shops of Rome. My book Frankincense and Myrrh delved into the details of this romantic trade and led to a broader interest in the perfumes of ancient times. Then, researching on behalf of a perfume house into the Arab contribution to perfumery, I came across the collection of perfume recipes assembled by the Arab philosopher-scientist Yaqub al-Kindi, which have never been translated into English (some, which I have translated myself, are now included in an appendix to this book). I realized that in that work I had found key evidence to demonstrate how the medieval Arab perfume makers had been the bridge in perfume history between ancient and modern times. Perfumery could now be seen as an art with a continuous history of development since the dawn of civilization.


Author : Cristina Caboni
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2016-07-26
Page : 400
Category : Fiction
ISBN 13 : 1101989777
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From Florence to Paris, a scent like no other can take you unexpected places . . . Ten-year-old Elena lives in Florence with her cold and distant perfumier grandmother. Only when enveloped in aromas does Elena feel at home, and she has nurtured a unique gift: the ability to decipher the ingredients of a perfume, and experience the feelings it evokes. Years later, Elena’s talent leads her to the cobbled streets of Paris. There she rediscovers an old, secret family perfume recipe that no other perfumier has been able to replicate. As Elena begins to open her heart to new adventures she meets a man who is guarding his own secrets. From France’s sun-drenched lavender fields to the ancient heart of Italy, together they will follow a path of secret scents, distant memories and new hopes . . . 'Sensuous, evocative, intriguing and emotional - and like all good perfumes it lingered long after. An absolute treat' Veronica Henry 'Evocative, atmospheric and engaging' Daily Mail 'A beautiful and well-constructed tale' Elle 'A stunning story' Vanity Fair


Author : Kate Lord Brown
Publisher : Macmillan
Release : 2015-04-07
Page : 336
Category : Fiction
ISBN 13 : 1466848936
Description :


An acclaimed international bestseller, The Perfume Garden is a sensuously written story of lost love, family secrets—and the art of creating a perfect scent. High in the hills of Valencia, a forgotten house guards its secrets. Untouched since Franco's forces tore through Spain in 1936, the whitewashed walls have crumbled, and the garden, laden with orange blossom, grows wild. Emma Temple is the first to unlock its doors in seventy years. Emma is London's leading perfumier, but her blessed life has taken a difficult turn. Her free-spirited mother, Liberty, who taught her the art of fragrance making, has just passed away. At the same time, she broke up with her long-time lover and business partner, Joe, whose baby she happens to be carrying. While Joe is in New York trying to sell his majority share in their company, Emma, guided by a series of letters and a key bequeathed to her in Liberty's will, decides to leave her job and travel to Valencia, where she will give birth in the house her mother mysteriously purchased just before her death. The villa is a perfect retreat: redolent with the exotic scents of orange blossom and neroli, dappled with light and with the rich colors of a forgotten time. Emma makes it her mission to restore the place to its former glory. But for her aging grandmother, Freya, a British nurse who stayed in Valencia during Spain's devastating civil war, Emma's new home evokes memories of a terrible secret, a part of her family's past that until now has managed to stay hidden. With two beautifully interwoven narratives and a lush, atmospheric setting, Kate Lord Brown's The Perfume Garden is a dramatic, emotional debut that readers won't soon forget.


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Publisher :
Release : 2009
Page : 295
Category :
ISBN 13 : 9789036626095
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Author : Nathalie Grainger
Publisher : Quintessentially Publishing
Release : 2010
Page : 212
Category : Business & Economics
ISBN 13 : 9780955827068
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Nathalie Grainger, a perfume consultant with extensive experience of client fragrance profiles and fragrance training, was commissioned by Quintessentially Perfume to compile and create this luxurious hard-back book. Quintessentially Perfume pays homage to a cross section of niche and mainstream perfume houses focusing on their different philosophies and backgrounds. Nathalie Grainger wrote the chapters on the perfume houses, included her interviews with some of the world's finest creators and also produced the book. There are also wonderful article features from fragrance experts including Roja Dove and Chandler Burr, with some fascinating insights into the world of fragrance, namely a look inside a perfume lover's fragrance wardrobe. It's a great read for men and women alike who love fragrance and is a lovely collector's gift.


Author : Fabienne Pavia
Publisher :
Release : 1996
Page : 141
Category : Technology & Engineering
ISBN 13 : 9781577150046
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From flowers and fruits to the artfully designed and collectible bottles, the world's most scintillating scents are presented in lively text and photographs. Loaded with historical anecdotes, scientific facts, biographies of the great perfume makers and the history, science and fashion of this multi-billion dollar industry.


Author : Amanda Heaps
Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
Release : 2016-05-17
Page :
Category : Family & Relationships
ISBN 13 : 136512102X
Description :


Everyone wants to smell great. It makes you feel better about yourself when you can add some perfume on your body before you step out the door. Perfume is a confidence booster and can make you feel like you can take on the world. There are several ways to purchase perfume; drive to the store, buy online or buy from a private dealer. Perfumes are a unique way of expressing yourself. Perfumes can be worn depending on the mood that person is in; happy, sad, lounging around the house, going to work, or going out on the town. There are several different celebrities that are now making their mark on the world by introducing their own line of perfumes. There are several reasons that they do this; they want to provide their fans with a perfume that they would choose to wear, they want to attract more attention, and of course they want to make money as well.


Author : Tom Robbins
Publisher : Bantam
Release : 1990
Page : 342
Category : Fiction
ISBN 13 : 0553348981
Description :


This philosophical epic, with a large cast of characters, addresses the fervent desire of the human race to overcome the tyranny of aging and physical death