Perfume: A Century of Scents

Perfume: A Century of Scents
By Lizzie Ostrom

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Product Description

Signature scents and now-lost masterpieces; the visionaries who conceived them; the wild and wonderful campaigns that launched them; the women and men who wore them—every perfume has a tale to tell.

Join Lizzie Ostrom on an olfactory adventure as she explores the trends and crazes that have shaped the way we’ve spritzed. One hundred perfumes and scents in all their fragrant glory reveal a fascinating social history of the past century. From the belle epoque through the swinging sixties, to the naughty nineties and beyond, Ostrom brings intelligence and wit to this most ravishing of subjects.

There was the patriotic impact of English Lavender during World War I and perfumes that captured the Egyptomania of the 1920's. Estee Lauder created "Youth Dew" and with it, distilled the essence of 1950's suburbia. Patchouli Oil—the "anti-perfume" of the 1960s—was sure to keep money out of the hands of corporations and "the man." And who could forget the fervor created by the grunge androgyny of CK One? Scent is truly the passport to memory, making Perfume both a lush treat and an insightful examination of the twentieth century through the most mysterious of the five sense.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #799928 in eBooks
  • Published on: 2016-12-06
  • Released on: 2016-12-06
  • Format: Kindle eBook

Editorial Reviews

"A wonderful, well-informed read... Charming and illuminating... I loved it... if you're thinking about Christmas presents I would buy it..." -- India Knight * Spectator * "Lizzie Ostrom's entertaining romp through a century of perfumes, ten per decade from 1900 to 1999... This book is as delectable an artefact as the product it describes... the perfect accompaniment to a bottle of J'Adore in your stocking." -- Suzi Feay * Independent * "A really enjoyable, fun book... a great stocking filler." -- BBC Radio 2 Fact Not Fiction Book Club * The Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman * "Beautifully written and illustrated with a sumptuous cover, this would make a perfect gift." -- Cathy Rentzenbrink * Stylist * "More social history than beauty book... the witty insights and fun, chatty style make this a lush treat or a gorgeous gift." -- Alexandra Heminsley * The Debrief *

About the Author
LIZZIE OSTROM is one of our most exciting commentators on all things perfume. A lifelong fragrance fan, she began hosting events for people to discover the world of scent in 2010, under her alter ego of Odette Toilette. From evenings on the aroma of outer space, to scent tours of art galleries and trips to the past through perfume, Lizzie brings intelligence and wit to this most ravishing of subjects. She has worked with many fashion brands, as well as cultural and scientific institutions including the Tate, Royal Academy, Royal Institution, Royal Observatory Greenwich and The British Museum. She is also the co-host of the popular podcast Life in Scents. Lizzie lives in London and her favourite perfume changes far too often.

Customer Reviews

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5Really love this book
By Marianne
Really love this book! Perfume in history and how it's affected our daily lives. I read some criticism of this that it's not about perfume in detail, the notes, the oils used, how each one was created, etc. There are so many books like that out there that go into fragrances in depth. I like this historical perspective full of interesting little anecdotes. Easy to pick up if you put it down for awhile, as each little two or three-page vignette about each perfume is very brief.

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5Five Stars
Her words are like music.

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
4Four Stars
By Nancy Alexander
very interesting history and context of each perfume

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