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Published by Profile New Quantity Available: New Quantity Available: 5. A page introduction answers some FAQs. What scent really drives men wild?
A page alphabetical gazetteer of perfumes follows, briefly describing and star-rating them all. It's endlessly browsable, partly because the writing is funny, partly because it is so extraordinarily illuminating. Trying to convert scents into words is notoriously difficult — but their combination of scientific and industrial expertise with offbeat evocation hits the spot every time. You can look up a perfume you've known for years and after three sentences understand more about it than you ever have before.
It's that good. The put-downs are lethal. Creed's Love in White: "If this were a shampoo offered with your first shower after sleeping rough for two months in Nouakchott, you'd opt to keep the lice.
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In an appendix, they list the 10 best feminines, 10 best masculines, the best feminines for men and masculines for women, the best florals, chypres and orientals, the best quiet fragrances and the best loud fragrances trying out Dior's Poison is "like road-testing an Abrams M1 tank in the rush-hour — people just seem to get out of your way I went last week to the tiny shop they have in the Fulham Road to check it out and found that, so superbly French is it, it closes for lunch every day.
There are lots of scents cited here they make you want to try and so far I've not found a bad recommendation among them — L'Artisan Parfumeur's Timbuktu, a "woody smoky" which Turin adores, previously unknown to me, is just as stirring as he says. They are very sharp on which great names are now degraded versions of the product, and precise about which perfumes are derivative of which originals. To be sure, there are plenty of ways in which it could easily be improved in another edition. There should be an index listing the perfumes by their brands. There should be some indication of relative prices, a question they mostly ignore.
And there are a few odd omissions, such as any entry for the great Viennese fragrance Knize 10, though they discuss it reverently in passing again, Manufactum sells it — the Manufactum catalogue itself being another of these superbly opinionated and informed references in my view. But if you are interested at all in perfume — and since it's one of the great sensual pleasures, who, man or woman, is not? Most books that are called life-changing don't make the least little difference to anybody whatsoever.
In its own field, this one deserves the name.
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In a witty, irreverent and innovative handbook two experts combine authority and experience to review nearly 1, fragrances - separating the divine from the good from the monumentally awful; from 'a towering masterpiece' to 'a secret not worth keeping'. Their stylish book will do for scent what Robert Parker's books have done for wine. It also features introductions to women's and men's fragrances, to trends and to history and chemistry; a glossary and many 'Top Ten' Lists; and an informative section on frequently asked questions.
This is a truly unique and useful guide, one written with a passion for its subject, and a perfect gift. It includes: Chinatown Bond. A treasure in a beautiful bottle ; Hugo Hugo Boss - unexciting lavender dull but competent - suggestive of a day filled with strategy meetings ; and, Gardenia Chanel - not gardenia a thoroughly unpleasant, loud airport-toilet floral.
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