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Quintessentially Perfume Hardcover – 1 Oct 2010
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Whilst I am passionate about fragrance and enjoy reading about it, this book held nothing new for me and appeared to be a platform for various niche perfumers and perfumeries to advertise their wares rather than offering consumers anything new .
I also find certain comments that purport to be "facts" possibly inaccurate . For example , Roja Dove did not compose the three scents that bear his name ,Enslaved, Scandal and Unspoken per se, he may have had a hand in the final finished product but he is not a perfumer , he is a facilitator . To be a perfumer these days, you need at least a degree in chemistry because most of the components of modern fragrances are chemicals and not pure oils or flower extracts .
In the same way, Serge Lutens develops scents in conjunction with Chris Sheldrake although it is Lutens name on the label . Like great art, great perfumers should be given credit for their own compositions !
And where was the House of Caron, Richard Freysse and why was Guy Robert not mentioned at all ? One of the great noses of his time , composer of the original Caleche for Hermes and Gold for Amouage ! I say original because many perfume formulas have been messed with because of the "fragrance police" who pull fragrance chemicals on the basis that one person somewhere in America sneezed whilst she was spritzing on her perfume - or more seriously, some chemicals cans cause rashes on a very few unlucky people so these get "banned".
I did enjoy the chapter about fragrance bottles thought - it's a shame that when we pay £200 for a bottle of fabulous fragrance,we don't get a cut glass lead bottle as we would have done in the 1920's , the heyday of decadence where perfumery was concerned.
There are some really good books on the market today about fragrance but this isn't one of them !
may contian addictive chemicals
some contain nerve gas
some contain chemicals which are classed as HAZARDOUS TOXIC WASTE
the perfume manufacturers are 'self regulated' which really means unregulated
The government allow them to use any nasty chemical they wish
they buy cheap chemicals and use them in perfume - and charge a lot of money for a bottle of the stuff.
the nasty effect of the chemicals in perfume can cause numerous ill health problems
when people use perfume they expose their children and babies to toxic vapours.
people pay for what they think is perfume but infact is an array of chemicals,
just google up toxic chemicals used in perfume and read about the awful illness the chemicals can cause
also - innocent bystanders who are unfortunate enough to get near anyone using perfume(chemicals) have to inhale it whether they want to or not, or else just dont breath.
I personally feel sick and unwell if i inhale the chemical vapours of perfume
it upsets my digestion terribly- which is why i only wiegh 6 stone
Aire 'fresheners' are worse- especailly the one s used in cars. They smell vile and i dont understnad how people can tolerate them in their vehicles.
just a lot of toxic waste and chemicals
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As for synthetic propaganda, every serious perfume book talks about synthetics and how they are a stable and important part of perfumery. Oak moss for example, some are allergic to the natural substance but brilliant scientists are making a perfectly safe synth version. This is GOOD, to be lauded, not hated.
I highly recommend this book
It lacks the details on the construction of individual perfumes that would helping me determine which perfumes I might like to try and it insults my intelligence with nonsense about synthetics making perfume art and being very desirable.
Early in the book it says that the reason consumers don't like synthetics is that they think that synthetics they are cheap. In the first chapter the author states that some synthetics are very expensive and once people are educated about how expensive some new synthetics are they will love synthetics.
The book ends by stating that 1882 was the year perfume became an art because a chemist named Perkin synthesized the molecule coumarin and "in an instant perfume freed itself from natural materials and became art"
The point of all this propaganda is to address the fears of perfume manufacturers, because as Chandler Burr said in his book The Perfect Scent "The thing that creates real panic in the perfume industry is the synthetic molecules. Since on average the average perfume contains 80 percent synthetics the industry lives every day terrified that the client won't like reality , which needs to be suppressed at all costs."
What this book and the perfume industry do not talk about is that according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health "At least 900 fragrance chemicals are toxic." These chemicals can be absorbed by the skin and affect the organs. That fact that petrochemicals build up in the body is not going to help sales.
The perfume industry wants to dazzle you to the point that you will not think about perfumes ingredients that disrupt hormones, are neurotoxic and are carcinogenic.
No mention is made of environmental concerns. Did you know that synthetic musk's are commonly found in human milk and human fat. That significant accumulating of synthetic musk is found in the Great Lakes and other bodies of water.
Missing from this book is a discussion of the 90% profit margin in perfume manufacturing.
If you spend $100, on a perfume, about $10 is spent on advertising, research and development, the box, bottle and the perfume itself. This is the real reason why perfumes are 80% synthetic to keep the profit margins obscenely high.
No mention is made of the fact that all natural and mostly natural fragrances smell much better. They have a depth, complexity and richness that synthetics can never achieve.
The book has very little to say about how the perfumes actually smells. The chapters are about the history of perfume companies, the marketing campaigns, the childhood memories of perfumers and the bottle designs.
The perfumes themselves are just a list of names under the company profiles. They are never put into a category (Orientals, white florals, woods) and the top notes, heart notes and base notes are never given. There is no information that would help a consumer decide about purchasing a fragrance.
Much better information can be had for free at the following web sites:
1. Now Smell This
2. Perfume Posse
4. Perfume Shrine
Some sources for natural and mostly natural perfumes include:
1. Aftelier Perfume by Mandy Aftel ( uses real ambergris)
2. Sonoma Scent Studio
3. Dawn Spencer Horwitz (DSH)
4. Lucy B
5. Ormonde Jayne
Ormonde Jayne perfumes are from 80% to 95% natural and 90% of the price you pay goes into the ingredients. Ormonde Jayne has a sample set that will forever change your appreciation of perfume.
I recommend Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume by Mandy Aftel for those looking to appreciate and understand the construction of perfume.
Thoughts to consider from Maria Candida Gentile:
The best fragrances are capable of doing good to us, not only smelling good. They are able to give great and deep emotions, they are authentic. We all grew up with Nature, for thousands of years we develop our instinct and emotions based on what we saw, touched, heard and smelled.
This is why I only use natural essences, they are the only one which can talk to our senses, the only one that do good to us and that we have pleasure of carrying all day if we want to. Chemical fragrances can please at first but then our all body gets very quickly tired and rejects them, we feel saturated.
Did I get you right that you implement ONLY natural essences and oils in your perfumes?
MCG: Yes, although is it much more difficult as you know. it leads to the best quality and most of all it touches in our heart. I have used nature identical molecules, but the more I work the more it makes sense to me to use only the natural ones. Chemical molecules give me a headache! Fragrances is like everything around our lives, we have to take clear steps now to make them healthy, fair and sustainable.