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The Essence of Perfume [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Roja Dove
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2 Mar 2010
Roja Dove's passion for fragrance is contagious. As the world's leading perfume authority, Dove leads us on a fascinating journey through the world of scent; from ancient Egypt, where myth has it that the fragrance Kypi induced mass surrender, through to the 1920s, when the husband of a Hollywood legend-maddened by his love and frustrated by his impotence-drenched himself in his wife's perfume before ending his life. We read as well about rivalries within the industry and how these have inspired some of history's most iconic scents. The Essence of Perfume is the first book by the world's only Professeur de Parfums, and is as captivating as it is informative. Beginning with a comprehensive discussion of the sense of smell and the materials of the master perfumer, the book moves on to celebrate the great classics, the makers who brought them to life and the designers who gave them shape. In an age where the methods and motivations of the original perfumers are all but forgotten, Roja Dove reveals the gripping story of scent with all the passion and devotion of a true artist.

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  • Hardcover: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing; 1st edition (2 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907317015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907317019
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 22.3 x 30.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Fragrance fans will find heaven within the pages of this beautifully illustrated book...Delicious.'' -Grazia ''Professeur de parfums Roja Dove has siphoned his encyclopedic knowledge of all things perfume into a coffee table-worthy volume.'' --Vogue

''Professeur de parfums Roja Dove has siphoned his encyclopedic knowledge of all things perfume into a coffee table-worthy volume.'' --Vogue USA

About the Author

Roja Dove is the world's leading authority on fragrance. He began his career at Guerlain and 6 years later was bestowed the title of 'Professeur de Parfums'. Roja is a perfumer and creates his own bespoke fragrances for an exclusive clientele in addition to running The Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie in Harrods. He has written for "Vanity Fair," "The Sunday Times" and "Wallpaper" and has lectured around the world including the V&A.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book. 12 May 2010
I had no doubt that Roja Dove's book would be worth having but in fact this book exceeded my expectations. It is beautiful to look at, the content is interesting and informative and it s very well edited. A good reference book for the fragrance hobbyist, or anyone interested in fashion history as reflected in fragrance, and fragrance packaging. This one is the 2008 edition. It is a great price on Amazon. Don't hesitate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Successful gift 21 Aug 2010
I bought this book as a gift for a lady of 89, who loves perfume, especially the ones she remembers from her youth. Many of them, especially those by Guerlain, are featured. The book is beautifully illustrated with photographs and old advertisments. She was delighted with it, and gets continued pleasure from dipping into it and discovering things she hadn't known before about her favourite fragrances. Altogether a most informative and beautiful book, excellent value for money from Amazon, who delivered it very promptly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Education 14 Feb 2011
By CarolG
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A wonderful informative reference book. Roja Dove writes with such passion so that the reader becomes wrapped in warmth and imagination; my lust for sampling fragrances has been provoked to the max! Roja writes in depth explanations on all aspects of perfumery and its Heritage. Would not be without this book; it is a Treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Masterpiece 23 Jun 2010
The Essence of Perfume by Roja Dove is a Msterpiece. The research for this book is evident with the information in each chapter is so detailed and thorough. The 270 page book covers The sense of smell, The birth of Modern Perfumery, Methods of extration, The raw materials, The perfumer and the rudiments of perfumery, The great classics, The houses that created the classics, The bottle makers, What Next?, Biography, Bibliography, Index and Acknowledgements. The photographs are beautiful and many I have not seen before as they are from private collections. The way that Roja Dove has written the book is so easy to read and is very difficult to put down. I would buy two copies so that I have one in a very safe place.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Brendan
Did I ever think I would find myself inseparable from my book on the history of perfume? No. However, I am. What a wonderful read. I began reading the book as part of a research I had undertaken into the world of perfume making. I had never expected to read about such exotic tales as the Mogul historical inspiration of the Shalimar fragrance, nor the esoteric origins of the everlasting Jicky. Roja Dove is passionate about his field, not just an expert and proven practioner. Thank you Roja, Brendan
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