I'm new to this "scientific" way of handling perfumes and given the amount of matter available on the Net, I was wondering whether I should buy/read The Guide, or would it just influence my opinion ?
What do you think?
If you have no idea who Turin or Sanchez are, than No, to both. Don't bother and it won't influence your opinion. I can't for the life of me figure out what I did with my hardcover copy, and don't really miss it. I pretty much skimmed over the first chapter (or two?) and skipped to the reviews. Which weren't really full reviews. More like quips and one or two word descriptions. Now, if you a familiar with either author, and therefore have some preference and taste context to put that in- you may enjoy. If not, it is disappointing. Not to mention, I bought mine when it was first released, so many of the perfume I looked forward to reading their opinion of weren't included.
There is no science, in the review section. It's not even similiar to wine reviews (which this perfume hobby is often compared to), as there are no descriptors of notes, or accords- it is, for the most part, more of a two- or as I mentioned- one word snapshot, or summary of the overall perception of the perfumes.