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.