It's like book porn for perfume geeks,
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This review is from: The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell (Paperback)
I bought this book on a whim - and because of the amazing reviews it had - and I wasn't disappointed. This is more than a book, it is a journey through fragrance and France and chemistry and business politics all wrapped up with nostalgia and exquisitely crafted prose.
Yes it is heavy on the chemistry but that's perfumery! The intricacies of scent molecules and atoms are woven like a spell or story rather than a science textbook - you'll be fascinated even if you hated school science.
The book is small and easy to handle, making it ideal bedtime reading (oh come on, I can't be the only one who reads science in bed? can I?).
The author's powers of description are so apt that I could swear that wafts of Patchouli and Ambrette seed were gently diffusing from the pages and sending me into raptures.
I will be sad when I have finished, much like when engrossed in a touching film and the end brings about that grey melancholy of 'normal life' again.