Last year I received a gift of Chandler Burr’s book ‘The Perfect Scent‘- A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York. Though it had not a word in it about natural perfumery, I was intrigued about the fanatical goings-on, inside the multi billion dollar, chemical perfume industry. And I will admit, I went out and bought two perfumes after reading The Perfect Scent. I purchased the Sel de Vetiver by The Different Company and Un Jardin Sur Le Nil by Jean Claude Ellena.
Fast forward and this year I have downloaded to my Kindle The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession, Chandler Burr’s latest offering; and I’m here to tell you it is quite a read. I have put this book down and read other books, only to find myself going right back to it. This is because at times it can be a tedious read for those of us who have no science back ground. But I’ve just decided to roll with it because it delights me in so many other ways. It’s a mystery about the unrelenting obsession of a seemingly mad scientist, Luca Turin, with a penchant for perfumery and his quest to define the true science of scent. If you’re a foodie, a wine connoisseur or perfume fanatic who can withstand a little biology, chemistry and physics then this book will keep you captivated. I highly recommend it for those who love appreciate art, mastery and mystery.