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Perfume: The Art and Science of Scent

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A gorgeously photographed, behind-the-scenes look at a secretive multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry, based on the timeless powers of fragrance. 100 color photos.
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by National Geographic
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Dannielle Albert
Apr 26, 2010 Dannielle Albert rated it really liked it
This is like the BEST National Geographic book ever! I learned so much about perfume like why Coco Chanel's Number 5 is so expensive... because French jasmine sells for $12,000 a pound. There is only one French Jasmine field left and if that field gets industrialized or turned into a parking lot, the scent of French Jasmine will disappear from the face of the earth forever.

Roses are so delicate and must be picked in the early morning They must be picked in early morning when their scent is most
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lisa_emily
Aug 22, 2007 lisa_emily rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in perfumes or fashion
This book grew out of a National Geographic article, and it read like an an extended one. It has breezy, informative style, the chapters are good size chunks which allow you to inhale an aspect of the perfume business and history. it covers alot of ground from Coco Chanel 5 to the flowers fields of Grasse, to the fashion industry-business hoopla of it all. Beautiful huge photos accompany the writing.
Michael
Sep 05, 2011 Michael rated it liked it
Visually arresting and well-researched, as you would expect from a National Geographic publication. The structure could have been improved a bit, but on the whole it's a vivid look at the creation of fragrance, from the fields of France to the marketing of Madison Avenue.
Stven
Oct 17, 2011 Stven rated it liked it
A fine oversized book from National Geographic with the beautiful photography one expects plus informative text. A thoughtful high-quality production.
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