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The Little Book of Perfumes by Luca Turin & Tania Sanchez

10/13/11 14:37:07 (50 comments)

by: Elena Knezhevich

Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez launch a new book, The Little Book of Perfumes: The Hundred Classics, in which they review the 100 most glorious perfumes in their opinion, including four legendary scents preserved only in the French museum of perfume, the Osmothèque.


Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez reviewed more than 1800 perfumes in their book Perfumes: The Guide. Their reviews are based on their knowledge, experience and taste. For many perfume lovers, Turin's opinion is the law, but there are also a lot of them who can't stand his ultimate negative comments. The Little Book "eliminates all fragrances we found less than magnificient: good news for readers who believe if you can't say anything nice you shouldn't say anything at all."—Tania Sanchez

The book includes Perfume Reviews of 100 fragrances, a Glossary of materials and terms and Top Ten Lists:

Best Feminines
Best Masculines
Best Feminines for Men
Best Masculines for Women
Best Florals
Best Bang for the Buck
Best Big Ticket Splurges
Desert island: Luca Turin
Desert Island: Tania Sanchez
 

The Little Book of Perfumes will be available in the US (Penguin) and Canada October 31 and in the UK (Profile) in early November (with a different cover). You can make a pre-order now on amazon.com ($12.24, via Amazon Prime).

The Little Book of Perfumes GIVEAWAY Winner!


We will send our free copy of The Little Book of Perfume to rorygory. Congratulations!
 

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Author: Elena Knezevic (jeca)
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lhollingdrake
lhollingdrake

Congrats Rorygory!!! Burning with envy here...

Oct
17
2011
jeca
jeca

Congratulations! ;o)))

Oct
17
2011
Mellyhelly
Mellyhelly

Another book from the magic couple of perfume!
It would be very interesting to read for me!
I find them both witty and knowing, but I don't take everything they say for granted!
After all tastes are a very personal choice.
I like their books as a guide not to feel completely lost in the mazing world of perfume.
I agree with some of thier wonderful reviews and totally disagree with others!
I still remember their loathing of Amarige! Wow! That was one of my staple for years! I didn't get offended by their review. I actually felt amused by it and went on wearing Amarige in spite of their opinion any time I felt so!

Oct
17
2011
rorygory
rorygory

For me, Luca Turin's and Tania Sanchez's Perfumes: The Guide helped me to discover perfume as an art form. I went out looking for a new scent a little over a year ago, and was completely overwhelmed by the amount of perfume out there! I didn't know where to start, what was good, what wasn't, and why sometimes a lot of perfumes smelled the same to me. I received this book in a swap on Makeupalley, along with a number of niche samples, and that began my journey into perfume addiction!

I referred to this book like a bible, and now the binding is malleable and the pages worn. I wouldn't buy a perfume without first checking The Guide, and once I looked a perfume up, I would inevitably spend another twenty minutes reading the following reviews. The style of writing is so silly and fun that it's hard to stop reading! I love the the flights of fancy and ridiculous visuals, like Insolence EdP being described "like a seventies action-movie poster, with a helicopter hovering over a burning building to the right, two cars jumping off a pier in the middle, a girl in a white dress being lifted out of a swamp in a guy's arms at left, and an erupting volcano in the background." Now, I can't wear Insolence without feeling like I'm in a 70s action movie! The reviews emphasize the fun, visceral, and imaginative aspects of perfume.

I also love the snarky side comments and cynicism, which appeal to my dark sense of humor. I know that to some people, this can be very offensive, especially when Turin or Sanchez utterly dismiss a perfume you've worn for years. I've actually discovered that while I agree with them on a lot of the five star Guerlains and Chanels, there are many EL scents that they give five stars to that don't smell very good on me. I've also noticed that certain darker, gothy, or gaudy notes that I like are usually rated three stars or less by Turin and Sanchez. Strangely enough, I don't mind this, because the moment I realized that their views were subjective and that mine differed at times, I also realized that I had become a knowledgeable perfumista. I definitely think that this book helped me get to that point, and I would be very interested to read The Little Book of Perfumes!

Oct
17
2011
Janina
Janina

OK so this is a contest? I didnt know that :) Anyway... another entry (not because of the contest).

Has it ever happened to you that any perfume L.T. described as a total s**t happened to be a masterpiece for you? Or the other way around? Because funny enough, although I struggled with Mr.Turin at times (ever since I came across with his first guide in French!) I so often came over the time to the same conclusion as him. Moreover the scents he recommends as masterpieces although I may not like them personally poses certain quality of structure I can not deny. And as a bonus you get great funny reviews full of real knowledge (not only the usual self-confident but essentially full of c**p "I think"... whatever).

I have a little bit different opinion on T.S. reviews since the interview with L.T. and T.S. on BBC radio. She is not a scholar type of reviewer, which I don`t mind at all. What I do mind is that at times she seems to pretend she is one. But all the same I find her reviews excellent and as they do the reviews together with L.T. I have the trust in the final outcome.

Simply I find them to be great teachers and I learned from them a lot and I hope I`ll keep on learning.

PS: Love your opinion Originaldeftom!!!

Oct
17
2011
Natalie467
Natalie467

I take Turin/Sanchez's opinions with a grain of salt, they aren't the last word on perfumes. I reference their guide from time to time, but I make my own decisions about perfumes. Please count me in the contest, I would like to read this!

Oct
16
2011
originaldeftom
originaldeftom

Absolute MUST-HAVE for perfume novices and aficionados alike!!
I have built up my knowledge over many years and thought I knew a lot until I bought "Perfumes" (the bigger version of this book) and since then cannot stop blogging!!!
Most interesting aspect it taught me was to be open and curious about EVERYTHING.
I am confident now to wear women's fragrances alike if it suits my skin or mood ;-)
Thanks Luca & Tania for all your hard work!

Oct
16
2011
Jaki
Jaki

Love it ! I skip read it at first and knew I had read something about Amirage in it. When I next saw Amirage I gave myself a liberal spray thinking that I had read a good review. It was (to me) literally the worst stuff I have ever encountered called perfume, and when I went back and re-read what was written I had to agree with every word. The book does make me laugh and I don't agree with everything they say, but it truly is an excellent read.

Oct
16
2011
sherapop
sherapop

Well, I am notorious as one of the nay-sayers to "The Guide" because I honestly do not believe that it is a guide to perfume. When I attempt to articulate my reasons for this view, people tend to go ballistic and whip out the duct tape, which really makes me sad. After all, the authors themselves are basically the queen and king of irreverence, so it seems rather odd--if not totally hypocritical--that some people should attempt to squelch criticism of what explicitly claims to be a work of criticism. To be perfectly frank (quoi d'autre?), if the authors had stuck with what was their original title (I believe it was "Song of Pongs"?) I would not have any issue with the book at all. Of course, in that case I would certainly never have read it because I would never have heard of it!

To me, "The Guide" is not a reference book (it definitely was not fact-checked or edited for consistency in the allocation of star ratings, and it is woefully abridged--only 1,800 of the 17,000+ perfumes in existence are covered). Nor, in my view, is "The Guide" a work of art criticism, since most of the reviews relay anecdotal material having much more to do with the authors than with the perfumes ostensibly under discussion.

The "two" authors agree nearly unanimously on 1,800 perfumes, and when they disagree, it is by one star. How probable is it that two veteran Fragranticans would exhibit such concurrence in opinion? Of course, since the book is called "The Guide," their agreement serves slyly to corroborate the general impression that they are two independent experts. To those who do not know any better, that impression is no doubt further bolstered by the sheer imperiousness with which the authors issue their sweeping decrees. In reality, the authors are the two members of a couple, and as we all know, couples tend to share values. That is, after all, why they got together in the first place!

The authors enjoin readers to buy some perfumes (count the number of plugs that BEYOND PARADISE receives...) and to shun others (which readers are instructed to "Avoid"), but the rather idiosyncratic tastes of this couple render this volume of dubious value to people on a simple and heartfelt quest to find "the right" perfume for them. I imagine that many of the people who bought "The Guide" believed themselves to be purchasing a reference book, and some among them were no doubt disappointed, if not dismayed, to "learn" that SECRETIONS MAGNIFIQUES is a great perfume, while some of their favorites were "disasters" dismissed rather nastily in one line of text (sometimes less), often with no explanation beyond the reviewers' intensely personal dislike of the perfume being denounced. The words 'vulgar', 'trashy', and 'ditzy' (among others) are bandied about quite a lot in this volume, but I have to say that I really have no idea what they are supposed to mean--though they do of course quite effectively convey the authors' disapproval.

When they do offer negative assessments of a perfume (rather than simply emoting their strong disapproval), the authors usually resort to one of two basic lines of criticism: either the perfume is not what it claims to be (not really iris, not really amber, etc.), or else it is the product of plagiarization (count the number of occurrences of the word 'knock-off' in the book...). I myself do not find these two lines of criticism very fruitful. No perfumer is required by law to use natural rather than synthetic iris (or anything else, for that matter): it is a choice which they make, and the resultant product either works or it does not. But the quality of the perfume strikes me as a distinct issue from the ingredients which the perfumer happens to have chosen to include. Moreover, the authors themselves praise to high heaven synthetics, recasting them as "abstract florals", when they approve of the perfume in which they figure (above all, BEYOND PARADISE), while decrying their use in the perfumes which they wish not to promote but to demote.

As for the rampant allegations of plagiarism: perhaps I am naive, but I tend to think of perfumers much more charitably than do the authors of "The Guide". I simply do not believe that so many perfumers (whom I regard as creative spirits) consciously steal formulas from other perfumers. Again, perhaps I'm just naive, but it seems to me far more likely that a confluence of cultural and social forces conspire to lead multiple perfumers to produce what may end up smelling like similar perfumes. Clearly, those forces acted on the first perfumer to produce what becomes an iconic fragrance. So why not upon others as well?

On a more subjective level, I simply do not share the authors' sense of humor, which strikes me more often as snark than as wit. Is "barf-bag floral" brilliant wit or low burlesque? (To me, it sounds like a line from Beavis and Butthead...) Obviously, this is a matter of taste, and I'm only reporting my own subjective reaction to the authors' rather abrupt manner of dismissing perfumes which they do not happen to like. (Here is how they explain their one-star allocation to AMARIGE, which however numbers among the authors' own list of top-ten "loud" fragrances: "We hate it." Yes, that would be the imperial plural, I believe...) I feel that the authors sometimes talked about perfumers and houses in a way that few people would tolerate at their dinner table (were the objects of critique present).

Similarly, it struck me as extremely ill-mannered publicly to shame the house of DelRae for having refused to send the authors free perfume (of what relevance was that remark to the review of AMOUREUSE, pray tell?). They did the same to the house of Montale. I also do not understand the inclusion of gratuitously nasty dismissals of the entire lines of Clean, Art of Perfumery, and Paris Hilton, among others. I am certainly no fan of those houses, you may rest assured, but if they do not even really produce perfume, then why include them at all? Of the 15,000+ perfumes not included in "The Guide", surely there were more worthy candidates for inclusion, by the authors' own lights! How about the houses of Banana Republic, Fresh, Trussardi, La Perla, Sonoma Scent Studio, Ineke, Comptoir Sud Pacifique, Jesus del Pozo, Krigler, etc.--the list goes on and on...). Now, when I've tried to make this point in the past, some people have rejoindered (angrily, and I expect it will happen here as well...) that the authors are free to do whatever they want, and that is of course true. But why call the product of their rather random selection process "The A-Z Guide", which it most certainly is not?

In the end, despite all of my issues with the content and general tone of "The Guide", I do in fact believe that the book has motivated many people to learn more about perfume and also to write better reviews--at this very site! So, lest anyone misunderstand my criticisms, I would like to make clear that I do not believe that the world is a worse place because "The Guide" was published. No, not at all! I like the feistiness of LT & TS, and I congratulate them heartily on their financial success in this venture!

Oct
15
2011
Roshap
Roshap

correction...i agree with the authors' opinions on several fragrances including samsara, chinatown, bois d'encens and chanel pour monsieur. interestingly, the top 10 list where they place tommy girl is "best feminines for men". i am a man who wears a LOT of women's perfumes but tommy girl is too feminine even for me

Oct
15
2011
Roshap
Roshap

i was curious so i read some the top 10 lists in "The Guide". with the exception of bois de violette, my taste differs greatly from that of mr. turin and ms. sanchez. i was amused, though, that tommy girl is up there. ms. sanchez made a cogent point in an interview when she said that, if tommy girl was in a l'artisan bottle with the name "la fille tommy", people would pay 3 times the price for it. i suppose it's nice to know that they non-elitist enough to like such an affordable, mass-market perfume. by the way, i'm not doubting luca turin's credentials but i'm wondering how he has come to be such an "authority". does he know as much about fragrance as joan rivers knows about fashion?

Oct
15
2011
eilismaireg
eilismaireg

I discovered 'the guide' after buying Rochas Femme on recommendation from an article in the 'Mail on Sunday' or some such publication, I couldn't believe that I'd spent most of my life buying 'the latest thing' instead of the BEST thing. I cast aside the new offerings and have spent much of the last 2 years enjoying the discovery of a new world of classic fragrance, mainly on these guys advice whose taste I share in the main. Yeah, 'old ladies' smell damned good! I often find their rather stereotypical way of writing irritating but it is, I'm almost ashamed to say, THE most fingered tome in our house and is indispensible toilet reading. Great!

Oct
15
2011
ezdravkova
ezdravkova

The Bible (a.k.a "Perfumes: The Guide?" by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez) is filled with so much fact and science, but then again humor and real love of perfume (the latter I believe is essential if you ever sit to review even one) that even if you don't agree with the experts' review of a particular perfume, reading it is nonetheless enriching and a great pleasure :))
Will certainly get my hands on the new release, and I am particularly curious about the Top Tens!

Oct
15
2011
Heverton
Heverton

Come on, choose me! :)

I would love to see what are the top 5 fragrances in each category, to see if I agree or not heheheheh

Oct
15
2011
PlunketNurse
PlunketNurse

PREORDERED!

Oct
15
2011
Popluxe
Popluxe

This book had me more worked up than Bush "winning" the presidency. Its like some sick relationship where it makes me miserable and happy all at the same time.

I read my tattered copy daily- it has pride of place on the bathroom shelf and is the most read book in the house, with no fatigue in sight.

Oct
15
2011
Iheartperfume
Iheartperfume

I'm no perfumista, only a beginner. I have an edition of Perfumes: The Guide. It is a good read. Especially the first few pages before the reviews begin about how to store a perfume, chemistry, what a vintage is etc is very useful info. In my opinion, it does help to hear opinions from an expert nose. It is interesting to read what they have to say. I especially like the style in which it is written. The two liner description of a perfume is hilarious, like when they describe something as a 'chemical floral' you got to give it to them for it!!!

It is my Bible? No! Will I base my buys on the Guide? Maybe, maybe not. I would rather read 10's of opinions here on Fragrantica which has numerous perfumes that the Guide has missed. Reviews here are from 'real' people whose wardrobe I can peak into and relate to them. I always open Fragrantica on my phone while perfume browsing in the shops to find the notes and read reviews. I don't carry The Guide everywhere, it is just silly to do so!

Perfume selection is a question of taste, or the lack of it!

ETA: The new book sounds like the last few pages of The Guide! :D

Oct
15
2011
rainbow.owl2
rainbow.owl2

I have the kindle edition of 'perfumes, the guide' and have really enjoyed using it. I even sometimes look perfumes up (using the kindle app on my phone) whilst I'm shopping!

I don't always agree with the opinions held within the book, but I do always enjoy reading them. very entertaining!

Oct
15
2011
tri3pod
tri3pod

I don't have any perfume guide book. I always blindbuy when i buy perfume. Sometimes I got beautiful scent and sometimes i got "nightmare" scent. I think this new book is useful for beginner fragrance lover like me... I'm considered to buy it when it is sold in indonesia.

Oct
14
2011
Amarie121
Amarie121

"Perfumes: The Guide" was the book that began my fascination with perfume and fragrance. Due to health issues, I had stopped wearing any scent at all and missed the lovely crystal bottles which I had previously amassed. I finally decided that the "perfume headache" was worth my foray. Assisted by P:TG, I am attempting to sample each fragrance, (and yes, purchasing samples is part of the expensive process!) and possibly find my HG.
I find the book an enjoyable read which has no end of descriptive terms and interesting quotes. My favorite is when a perfumery responded to LT by saying " Writing about fragrance is like dancing about architecture.". Please enter me in the drawing, as I'd love to read his next book! Thank you.

Oct
14
2011
Aredore
Aredore

I love the guide. It's close to law for me. There are reasons, mostly dealing with craft over taste, as to why good smelling perfumes get terrible overall ratings.

As for the snark, I enjoy that. I enjoy the tangents and nonsense and laughed when T.S. reviewed cK One IN2U Her in txtspk.

Overall, it saved me money, cutting down on my blind-buys, entertained, and really explained fragrance terminologies, types and chemistry in the brilliant and useful intro that nobody but me has apparently read.

Oct
14
2011
peacecat30
peacecat30

I LOVE the Guide! The reviews range from insightful, to horribly biased, to hilarious. Not having a good perfume counter in my area and having to buy much of my perfumes based on description alone, I found their book an immense help in narrowing down what perfumes I might be interested in trying. I'm thrilled they've got another book coming out.

Oct
14
2011
Everyworker
Everyworker

I haven‘t been that much into perfumes until recently. I didn‘t even know such books existed until I read this article! But it definately sounds like something to check out so I might be purchasing The Guide in the near future!

Oct
14
2011
SensualistGeek
SensualistGeek

I really do love dipping into "The Guide" - it's always close by! Next to me right now, in fact. It's hardly the gospel but I do enjoy their writing and STILL discover new fragrances to sniff out after all these years. I'm rather excited about this one! Please enter me in the draw and thanks for the giveaway!

Oct
14
2011
JToronto
JToronto

I laughed out loud continually while reading "The Guide" and was constantly reading out the reviews to anyone who would listen. This is a masterpiece of indices - how often does anyone actually have fun reading a reference book cover to cover? The book inspired me to learn more about perfume, and gave me a target "life list" of perfumes to smell before I die - this has become a new hobby.

Oct
14
2011
maggiecat
maggiecat

I enjoyed The Guide, but don't always "agree" with the ratings. A number of the scents LY raves about (Tocade, Tommy Girl) I went on to try - and dislike. however, their views are alwasy fun to read, usually informative, and I'd buy the book if for no other reason than to read TS's review of Spellbound...with which I heartily concur!

Oct
14
2011
linkypinky
linkypinky

I do not think much of their first book. As for the authors themselves, my random thoughts come as follows:

1. They are damn good business people; they have identified a willing, enthusiastic market and they have called what is a subjective layout, a Guide, implying it thoroughly and objectively covers the topic in question (which it does not);
2. They come across as opinionated and arrogant;
3. Why is Mrs Sanchez at all considered an authority on the subject? Because she is married to the man, who claims to be the authority?
4. But most importantly, I consider their major failing in the fact that to me they are missing the main thing about perfumes and that is that perfumes are not abstract smells they are smells that are meant to be worn by men and women, i.e. to judge the value of a perume one has to consider it in this very perspective. On the contrary, their opinions detach the perfume from its main purpose.
5. After reading many of their reviews, I consider them both to have a thing for 'stinkers' (Coco Mademoiselle, Angel, Beyond Paradise); this is a subjective opinion on my part but it also proves that so is theirs :)
6. I will not be buying their books; maybe acquiring them in other costless ways.. ;)


P.S. If I win this book I am putting it up for swap :)))

Oct
14
2011
deepa
deepa

Wish I could get this Holy grail of the perfume world

Oct
14
2011
funnyboy
funnyboy

Thoroughly enjoyed reading The Guide by Luca and Tania.
I do value their opinions and humour which is tongue in cheek sometimes but I dont take what they say as gospel as we all have different skin types and bodily reactions to fragrances.
It is what it says " a guide " and i would definately not shell out lots of cash on any fragrance without testing it first.
I think there should also be more info in the book for buyers about reformulations and perhaps a section devoted to this listing good and bad e.g over the years even Chanel has gone down in my estimation as their fragrances dont last or smell the same as even 15 years ago. I do agree ,even though there are lots of perfumes available we are due for an updated version and there is always room for 2 versions 1 with more affordable everyday fragrances and the other with expensive and niche fragrances.Dont forget there is a market for everyone and even if we are buying budget we do not want a fragrance purely from a celebrity name etc. we want something that smells great,lasts and is value for money!!

Oct
14
2011
Trinity
Trinity

Oh, yes, the “black book” no real Perfumista can live without! :-)
The “Perfume guide A-Z“ has been my companion for quite a while! Funny to read and sometimes painfully spot-on with their reviews! This book takes no prisoners!
Although it is just “a guide” it has helped me to really find my way around perfumes and has helped me to choose and enter new territory as well!

Even though, I am not always agreeing with their ratings...but one can always feel their passion for fragrances – and this, I think, we all share!

Oct
14
2011
Sensoria
Sensoria

I certainly will order and read this new guide too, I'm looking forward to it.I have the Perfume guide A-Z too, had to order it in UK because in the Netherlands I couldn't find it. When I mention it in perfume stores I notice that a lot of people working in this branche never heard of this guide and Fragrantica neither. Once a girl was so greatfull I told her when I came back in the shop she thanked me for telling her ^^ I'm often told that I know a lot about it and they can't advice me anymore. For me it's like a book to read, and add knowledgment to what I already know about perfumes, after reading the whole guide I frequently refer to it to see what the autors think about a certain perfume. It's always very near me so I can use it when I want it. However the rating of the perfumes is not always what I think, some 5 stars perfumes I would't have given 5 stars, you can see it as their opinion. You always have your own mind to decide if you like a perfume or not and to purchase it.
But this guide certainly add something about facts I didn't know, such as remakes and how they describe the character of a scent, the phylosofie behind a scent etc. I hope this all make sense, English is not my first language and I cannot always say in the right words what I mean.

Oct
14
2011
Quendra
Quendra

Please enter me for the giveaway.I have read Turin and Sanchez's first book and enjoyed it however,perfume is such a personal choice.There are perfumes they would not recommend that I like !

Oct
14
2011
durleybeachbum
durleybeachbum

A brilliantly funny, witty and informative read and I constantly refer to it.
Sometimes I love a scent that one of them hates, and hate one that they love,(for example Chanel No.5!) but I am gradually collecting as many of their 4 and 5 star fragrances that I can afford.
I have learned so much from this and "The Secret of Scent".

Oct
14
2011
Nicole79
Nicole79

Well...i will be honest ! i have never read it and somehow i don't think that i want to !
I'm "scared" a little bit , bcz i don't want to be influenced by their knowledge !!! ??? does it makes sense?!
I trust my sense of smell and of course fragrantica !

Thank u :)

Oct
14
2011
Ealing64
Ealing64

As I had really appreciated Luca Turin's first collage of perfumes reviews, I ended up partially disappointed by his work with Tania Sanchez where you get the impression that certain fragrances are being dismissed and ridiculed just for the sake of it. Frankly, whether Ms Sanchez likes or dislikes a fragrance is absolutely irrelevant, unless she is able to support her opinion with circumstanciated evidence.

Oct
14
2011
Bandit
Bandit

There you go, NebraskaLovesScent. I'm one of the nonono-sayers to Turin and Sanchez. I've read somewhere, that they usually test on paper, which I cannot understand, but which may clear up, why they judge like they do.

I also hate their style; it lacks good manners. But that's only me. They will again make a fortune by telling the same old stories and their subjective views over and over again. The book is ready for christmas, what a coincidence.

Oct
13
2011
zoka
zoka

I personally find some Fragrantica user profiles more relevant, authoritative, balanced, well written than Luca and Tania books.

Oct
13
2011
NebraskaLovesScent
NebraskaLovesScent

Wow! Lots of LT and TS fans have commented so far.

Where are the folks on the other side? I know you're out there. :-) (Though perhaps you are not interested in winning this book, LOL!)

Oct
13
2011
Janina
Janina

I never mind L.T. and T.S. style at all. I love their intelligent humor and mind not critical reviews. I don`t find them negative at all but rather helpful. What I find negative is how some companies dare to create utter rip offs, bad as it gets and than have the cheek to sell it :) or even price it sky high. So I appreciate in times of political correctness that someone has the goods to say how he/she believes things stand.
L.T. and T.S. opinions are not law for me but they are based on great knowledge, understanding and passion not only for perfumes but for art and culture in general and I will always respect them whether they call certain frag tooth-decay or not... That does not offend me at all.

Oct
13
2011
lhollingdrake
lhollingdrake

Not only is the guide an excellent reference for fragrances, it's also a great read. Clever, witty, biting, funny, glowing... There is no one in my life who is as into frangrance as I am so I'm happy to have two "friends" who are as obssessed with perfume as Luca T. and Tania S.

I've had the guide for two years and it is still sitting on my bedside table. I refer to it before I buy a fragrance. I think it's time for a revised edition including all the new frags' out there.

The perfume industry should be paying these two a cut of it's profits.

Oct
13
2011
bettyc
bettyc

Finding and reading Turin & Sanchez's _Perfumes:The Guide_ completely reinvigorated my interest in perfumery (as well as providing quite a bit of general hilarity from some of the reviews)....I'm currently reading Turin's _The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell_ and loving it, too. :-)

Oct
13
2011
Amethyste
Amethyste

I really like the Guide. I love reading reviews of everyone. Sometimes I agree with Luca, sometimes not. Luca Turin, to me, is a clever man who loves and knows a lot about perfume. I don't trust his opinion (or Tania's) more than what I trust in any member of fragrantica's opinion. So, The Guide or any of his books could never be my Guide at all, but it surely is a lot of fun to me and I love reading it.

Oct
13
2011
aquatic
aquatic

I purchased “Perfumes” and intended to use it as a guide; not as a bible. According to many textbooks, scientists still don’t know how exactly olfactory memory works, therefore I cannot imagine someone having the most “correct” about this huge collection of fragrances created with an intention to evoke emotions, memories and fantasies. Yet some of the reviews are very informative providing names of the designers for easy search and what I especially like: authors’ comparison between perfumes helps to form perception.
The reviews in this book pleased me with humor and very descriptive language. Even negative ones were not completely negative simply because they provided just the information I needed. They guided me in a right direction because I know what I like in a perfume. This book is such a good extension to my olfactory memory!

Oct
13
2011
Tulip211
Tulip211

I would LOVE to win a copy of this. Please choose me!!
Fragaholic in Atlanta- Tiffany

Oct
13
2011
Pa.princess
Pa.princess

Read it from front to back and still go back to it before I make a purchase.

Oct
13
2011
nickflick
nickflick

The guide is my personal bible and I refer to it everyday. I am collecting as many 4 and 5 star fragrances as I can. I often try the one and two star perfumes out of curiosity and not surprisingly, I like most of them. It seems I'm not fussy at all when it comes to perfume. I agree with Jeca about Luca and Tania needing to critique more modern and widely available perfumes.

Oct
13
2011
jeca
jeca

Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez review fragrances "ignoring all publicity, packaging, and the feelings of friends and neighbors and concentrating solely on the scent." They try to convince us that the scent is the thing they review. Is it really possible? What is scent without all around it - feelings, people, emotions, visions, which are very much subjective, because it's only they can be. Are there any objective criteria of a masterpiece? Nobody could really answer. So these 100 great perfumes are Luca's & Tanja's choice, that means they might not be mine. So the name "The Guide" is little too ambitious.

We all live in a certain time, and sometimes, in case with perfumes, for example, can't smell something that was discontinued long time ago. In Little Book there are 55 fragrances out of 100, which were made before 1990, I was just 14 years old and had little opportunity to get familiar with scents of that time and before. They chose only 29 fragrances out of 100, which were created after 2000, only 17 of them were created in 2005 and later. Luca Turin and Tania admire old Guerlains (12 fragrances, 12% of all their choices!), old and exclusive Chanels (7 perfumes), classic Estee Lauder perfumes (7 + 3 of EL brands) and Diors (6). All these fragrances are great, but there are so many more, and what young people will do? My opinion is that perfumery, as any art, can't be conserved in time, there is no such thing to be seen, visited or smelled before you die. I could see it, mechanically, by advice, to check it in my book of life and feel nothing.

I like this book more, than the guide, because I agree with them, who dares to disagree, they are all popular, more than a half of them are niche and exclusive. I just don't like to measure anything that couldn't be measured, and believe anyone until I make up my own opinion.

Oct
13
2011
Fashionista2
Fashionista2

I went through this book as if it was my personal bible.
I found and still find it so valuable and full of real advice and criticisms. It has kept me from wasting a lot of money and kept me smelling wonderful.

Oct
13
2011
NebraskaLovesScent
NebraskaLovesScent

I sometimes found the Turin/Sanchez reviews to be helpful, especially when I was a newbie in Perfumeland. Some of their reviews were very funny, but they were sometimes a little too snarky.

I am very curious to see which 100 perfumes made it into the book. :-)

Best of luck to the contest entrants!

Oct
13
2011
mrCoL
mrCoL

Pre-ordered! Will submit my findings once I've read it.

Oct
13
2011

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