New Fragrance Reference Book Debuts

New Fragrance Reference Book debuts

Fragrances of the World book
Fragrances of the World book

Renowned fragrance expert Michael Edwards has just published the first in a new series of Fragrances of the World reference books that lists an astonishing 5,000 new fragrances that debuted during 2020 and 2021. The Australian-based author is credited with being one of the world’s foremost perfume authorities having chronicled and categorized every major scent for decades. His trademarked Fragrance Wheel has been used to educate scent associates in stores around the world – helping to explain the different fragrance families. This year sees an interesting change. The term ‘Oriental’, a classification of spicy and warm fragrances has been replaced by “Amber” to be more politically correct. You’ll find scents grouped as ‘floral amber’, ‘soft amber’, ‘amber’ and ‘woody amber’.

Global fragrance expert Michael Edwards
Global fragrance expert Michael Edwards

What’s special about this fragrance guide is Edwards takes you through the evolution and development of iconic and noteworthy perfumes from 1936 through to present. You see visually how certain notes and raw materials move in and out of fashion, sometimes morphing into a new accord that appeals to a new generation of consumer. You appreciate the history and origins of many fragrance families and types. For example, Jean Patou’s 1936 fragrance “Vacances’ kick-started the green scent trend with fresh notes of galbanum, lilac, hyacinth and musk. It appealed to a fragrance fan who appreciated spending times in the great outdoors.

The description of ‘soft amber’ scents is fascinating. “Incense casts a spell on sweet spices and resins, to create softly sensual fragrances,” writes Michael. “The base notes of modern soft amber fragrances are not as sweet nor as heavy as classic amber fragrances, resulting in a soft ambery mélange of flowers and spices.”

You’ll even find a detailed Index of Parfums at the back for easy reference. The book retails for $135 USD and can be shipped to Canada. Visit for more information and to order.

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  • September Dee
    August 15, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    What a dreamy book!

  • Daniela
    August 15, 2022 at 11:35 am

    This book would be fabulous on my coffee table. I could go through it anytime I want and it looks great. I have to have a few of them in my collection

  • Velma Sandry
    August 15, 2022 at 11:29 am

    This book looks fascinating! A must for lovers of great perfumes and the perfect coffee table book to share with guests.

  • Elizabeth Vlug
    August 15, 2022 at 7:11 am

    This would be a fun read. It would be interesting to see why I am attracted to the different scents that I love.

  • Angela Citrigno
    August 14, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    A perfect book for the person who loves everything about fragrance. I’m going keep this book in mind for myself. I think it would be fun to look up all the noteworthy fragrance of the early years to present. I wonder how many fragrances I’ve own will appear in the fascinating book?