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The Scent Trail: A Journey of the Senses Paperback – 5 May 2008

4.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (5 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553815490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553815498
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,107,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"When Celia Lyttelton set out to have a scent created solely for her, she found herself propelled into an adventure that would take her across the world, investigating the origins, history and culture of wonderfully exotic ingredients...The Scent Trail tells her story" (WOMAN AND HOME)

"A fantastic book about perfume and our sense of smell..." (ANNA SHEPARD, TIMES ONLINE)

"The intriguing relationship between scent, memory and place is the underlying note in Lyttelton's journey through the history, creation and business of perfume. We are whisked to traditional perfumers' workshops, with their phial-filled antique cases, to the spice souks of Marrakech, Ottoman houses in Turkey adorned with necklaces of peppers and chillies, iris farms in Italy, and the mossy-floored cedar forests of Azrou." (THE AUSTRALIAN)

"Have you ever had that overwhelming surge of emotion when even a faint smell transports you back to another place and time? This is exactly the type of feeling Celia Lyttelton sets off to explain as she embarks on a journey of discovery...This book offers an insight into the foreign origins of the perfumes lining chemist shelves, while taking us on a sensory adventure around the globe." (REAL TRAVEL)

"Artist and journalist Celia Lyttelton has travelled the world to discover the people behind perfume, from the peasants to the 'noses'" (YORKSHIRE TODAY)

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A unique travel memoir, The Scent Trail, follows one woman's journey across the world as she explores the magic and history behind the ingredients of her own bespoke perfume.

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Format: Hardcover
I am completely fascinated by smells and smelling. As children my brother and I would compete to be the most nose-centric people - which got me into trouble later at school where smell was considered vulgar. I am gradually learning all I can about perfumery and, having visited and explored Grasse myself, I was fascinated to read so much background detail about where all the components come from. I now know what Tom Ford's Oud Wood is based on (I thought it was a quaint misspelling of Old!)- a fabulous floating wood. Most perfume books come from the States, and jolly good they are too, it is good to have a very English one as well.
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I had very high hopes for this book - I find the topic of exotic spices, flowers and other natural products fascinating. The author clearly does too, but the book is seriously let down by what is, frankly, very poor writing. The world described would seem like fertile ground for exotic prose, but barely a page went by when I didn't cringe at the clunky style. Furthermore, describing smells requires a rare knack that Lyttelton, unfortunately, really does not seem to have. A book I have on herbs and spices manages to describe smells with extraordinary precision, concision and perception. This one does not. Finally, it has been badly let down by sloppy proof-reading. Nearly every one of the French terms and phrases in the first two chapters is embarrassingly misspelt. This is a real shame - the book could have been fantastic.
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I enjoyed this book. A great concept and a tale of a personal journey. But, like other reviewers, I found many, many, many howling technical mistakes. The book would have benefitted from a proof read by a perfume professional. But cut away that (these are only technicalities after all) and its still a good and enjoyable read. I'd still buy it! And I DO recommend it.
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How wonderful to have your own bespoke scent made for you, how much more exciting would it be to explore and visit the places where the individual components are grown and on occasion made? This is what Celia Lyttelton did, a trip conceived in part from curiosity but also a desire to revisit memories from childhood adventures, where the smells of a flower can evoke powerful emotions. This book takes you from the power house & production centre of world perfume in France to the ancient island of Socotra and many beautiful places in between, at each stage finding the individual ingredients for her bespoke scent, seeing where they are grown & harvested, encountering generosity & hospitality from the producers but also at times a secret and guarded world. The basic history inserts are interesting and add a little extra note to the understanding of the importance of scent throughout both ancient and modern times. The only negative I have is her style of writing is not for me, it lacked a certain finesse which made it difficult at times to want to continue to read, more a pick up and put down book rather than a constant page turner.
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A fascinating read! I'm still not even halfway through and I love it! I don't agree at all with the reviewer who said the writing was a let-down and the style was clunky! I find the writing so intriguing that I looked up the author to see if she's written another book so I'd order it before I finish this one (unfortunately she hasn't, but I'll keep a watch). Love the atmospheres she describes, and the glimpse she gives of this fascinating yet mysterious world of perfumes.
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