Here is a panorama of interesting books prepared by Nathalie Pichard, Fragrance and Evaluation Consultant, who shared with us some key "must have" books for the fragrance industry.
Author Michael Edwards has released the 2008 edition of his yearly Fragrances of the World, known as "the fragrance bible".
The best way to classify the fragrances.
The new edition lists 5,700 fragrances (815 more than the 2007 edition) classified by fragrance family in a famous Fragrance Wheel.
It is used by numerous retailers to help customers find fragrances they might like based on the scent (s) they already know and enjoy.
"22 perfumers, a creative process" by perfumer Alienor Massenet and Memo Parfums (created by Clara Molloy)
"22 perfumers, a creative process" is a collection of 22 interviews with a selection of perfumers. The book is an inexhaustive primer of renowned and upcoming talents in the contemporary perfume world.
This tribute to the olfactory craft will interest all those who share, in their profession or their art, a curiosity about the creative spark, the search for esthetics, the emotion that stems from the successful accomplishment of a wonderful idea…
“The Secret of Scent” by Luca Turin
Why do things smell the way they do? A small group of devoted scientists has been trying to crack the code of smell for 70 years.
Building on their work, Turin thinks he has succeeded. "The Secret of Scent" is the breathtaking story of the quest to solve the mystery of scent.
Luca Turin holds a Ph.D. in biophysics (1978) from the University of London and was for 10 years a tenured staff member of the French CNRS. He is the author of many scientific publications. In 1993-2000 he was Lecturer in Biophysics at University College London.
Since 1996 he has worked on primary olfactory.
“The Perfect Scent, a year behind the scenes of the perfume industry in Paris and NY " by Chandler Burr
Who doesn’t know the ‘terrible’ NY Times Perfume Critic ? Who’s scared of his first culumns ? Chandler Burr presents the story behind the scenes of the creation of 2 fragrances, one for Hermès, one for Sarah Jessica Parker.‘’The result is a remarkable work of reporting on both art and business, a journey through a secretive and astonishing industry, and a nuanced portrait of two people, Ellena and Parker, who both were setting out to create the perfect scent’’.The book is available on Amazon.com and Burr’s site.
See his paper and website : http://www.chandlerburr.com/