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In a world of brash, big-brand gragrances, few of us today understand the complex and fascinating art of the perfumier. For more than 20 years, Alec Lawless has been hand-making fine perfume following the traditions handed down from antiquity. He explains the origins and use of fabled ingredients such as frankincense, ambergris, and attar of roses, essential elements in the beautiful, strange and beguiling smells that haunted the courts of Cleopatra and the salons of 19th century Paris.
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Written with insight, erudition and wit, this book explores the complex world of perfume and treats our sense of smell as a taste to be cultivated in the same way that wine experts or chefs cultivate the palate. The result is of serious interest not only to lovers of natural perfumes but also to all of those interested in developing their appreciation of the world of fragrance.From the Inside Flap:
Cover picture: Detail from centre of painting. Flowers like jasmine, lilies and tuberose are dependent on the moth for pollination and communicate with it by exuding a sweet heavy scent that mimics the pheromones of the moth. Some moths can smell a single bloom from six miles downwind. The reason these blooms are white is so they are able to reflect light from the moon and the stars to further aid the moth to find and pollinate them. These white, heady, sweet, floral aromas provide some of the most exotic, ethereal and romantic scents.
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