Title: The Perfume Collector
Author: Kathleen Tessaro
Source: from publisher for review
Review Summary: Although the ending didn’t tie things up quite as neatly as I would have liked, this was still an amazingly enjoyable read. Very well written with characters who were so real I couldn’t stop reading until I found out what happened to them.
Grace Monroe is an incredibly intelligent young woman, struggling with both her marriage and her expected role as a society wife in 1950’s London. When she mysteriously inherits a fortune from a French woman she’s never met, it seems like the perfect time to escape to Paris. Once there, she begins unraveling the dark and romantic secrets of her benefactor’s past and of her own. Continue reading
Title: The Perfect Scent: A Year Behind the Scenes of the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York
Author: Chandler Burr
Fun Fact: Synthetic ingredients are less likely to cause an allergic reaction than their natural counterparts.
Review Summary: The subject made this a fascinating read, but the author’s snobbery and excessive listing of chemicals kept it from being awesome.
As the New York Times perfume critic, Chandler Burr was able to spend a year behind the scenes watching two perfume firsts unfold. First, Sarah Jessica Parker wanted to be involved in creating her own perfume, far more than most celebrities or brands that get their names put on a perfume. Second, the famous perfumer Jean Claude Ellena was about to make his first perfume as the head perfumer at Hermès. Both had many reasons for wanting to get their perfume just right and this book is one of the first looks at how perfumers go about designing the perfect scent. Continue reading