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Brief Published: 16 Sep 2014

The Essence of Perfume

The Essence of Perfume by Roja Dove

The Essence of Perfume is a new guide to the world of designer scent, charting its evolution from Ancient Egypt through to the present day.

Award-winning fragrance specialist Roja Dove penned this authoritative guide to the world of perfume, taking readers on a journey of scent with photographs of iconic bottles, vintage and modern perfume advertising, and stories from the industry.

The social and scientific history of scent is charted, as is the birth of the modern perfume industry, celebrating great classics like Leurs Ames D’Orsay by Lalique, and the designers (Guerlain, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent) that brought them to life and gave them shape. Also detailed are the key ingredients still used today in modern perfume making, and how methods of extraction are changing. 

For more on fragrance, see our report Selling Scent, which analyses the new, alluring ways in which the retail and beauty industries are producing, marketing and selling perfume. Also see Sensory Science, which explores a set of sensory devices translating the olfactory signals of scent in new and surprising ways.

The Essence of Perfume is released by Black Dog Publishing