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Book Review: Perfumes – Luca Turin & Tania Sanchez


If you enjoy perfumes or are interested in finding your signature scent, then you should definitely read Perfumes by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez! Not only was this book incredibly informative, it was a thoroughly entertaining read! I learned so much about perfume that I wished I had this book when I had first decided to pick out my first perfume back in high school. Here are some things that I learned as well as some of my favorite quotes:

#. Perfume will change if you expose it to air and light. As long as we protect them from light, most perfumes won’t expire! This is awesome news because perfumes can get pretty pricey. I still have perfumes that I bought 5 years ago that I haven’t even hit the halfway mark. Not because I haven’t been using them, but because a bottle of perfume can last a long time. So it’s good to know that my perfumes won’t expire anytime soon.

#. We haven’t learned the vocabulary of perfume. This explains why we find it so difficult to describe perfumes. I also found it really difficult to imagine a scent based on the descriptions. It probably goes hand in hand with smelling a lot of different fragrances until you start making connections. Still, I think picking up some of the basics like floral, citrus, fruity, spicy, and woody goes a long way when you start exploring different fragrances or decide to take a trip to the counter!

#. The question that women casually shopping for perfume ask more than any other is this: “What scent drives men wild?” After years of intense research, we know the definitive answer. It is bacon (p. 7).

#. When choosing a perfume you should test 5~10 fragrances on perfume strips then test 1~2 on your skin. Then observe it over time and remember that fragrances tend to change drastically after the first twenty minutes, except for a few clever, sneaky compositions that smell nearly the same from top to bottom. Then there are a very few fragrances, mostly the older ones, that save the best for later, a few hours in, when they drop their earthly raiment to reveal angelic finery (p. 14). 

Your turn ♥ How did you choose your first fragrance?

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  • This sounds really interesting ♥


    • Kim

      It really is an interesting read! You learn a lot of things about perfume that you don’t really learn at the perfume counter ;)

  • Kia / house of KTS

    Bacon?? Really?? I don’t know if I’d wear bacon perfume, maybe I should just cook bacon when inviting someone over lol. I am so loving your review, this book definitely does sound interesting. Thanks for posting about it.

    Kia / KTS

    • Kim

      lol yes cooking bacon sounds better than wearing a bacon perfume! ahaha :D
      It was one of the funniest quotes in the book, I completely burst out laughing!

  • this looks really interesting! i don’t use a lot of different perfumes thought, i mainly just stick to the one or two i really like :P but i would really love to give this book ago! its good to learn something new.

    • Kim

      Ahhh I started out with just one over 10 years ago. So for the longest time I was happy with just 1~2. These days I’ve added a few more because I’ve realized that some days I didn’t want to wear my fragrances because it didn’t fit with my mood that day. So I now have a few more to reflect different moods :D

  • Oh this read sounds incredibly interesting. Definitely something that is right up my alley. I’ll have to check it out! I’m a pretty low key perfume wearer, but it’s always fascinating to learn more about a subject!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

    • Kim

      It wasn’t until this year that I started trying more fragrances, and it was pretty interesting learning more about something that always felt a bit mysterious and sometimes a bit vague!

  • This sounds like such an informative read! I seriously have never understood what ‘woody’ means when it comes to describing perfumes haha!

    Rachel xx

    • Kim

      What I love about this book is that you learn a lot of things, but the two writers are pretty good storytellers and have a great sense of humor. So it didn’t come across dry or anything like that. I like to think of descriptions like fruity, floral, woody, spicy in the same way we think of the different types of “tastes.” When we talk about food we like to say that it’s sweet or salty, for perfume we say things like fruity or woody. So try a few scents that are known for woody notes and compare it to something like a floral fragrance:D