The Ultimate Fragrance Reference Guide

The Ultimate Fragrance Reference Guide

Fragrances of the World reference book
Fragrances of the World reference book

In 1984, fragrance authority Michael Edwards published the first edition of his Fragrances of the World guide book. Not only did he list and describe all of the year’s perfume launches, but he classified the world’s most popular iconic scents into classifications and categories. What was unique about this book is Edwards created a fragrance wheel that made it easy for consumers to understand the character and personality of each scent. It was an immediate success and soon Michael was updating it each year adding more and more fragrances. Consumers loved that he indexed the perfumes by name, house, gender and fragrance family.

Published in both English and French, Fragrances of the World is currently in its 33rd edition and is recognized as perfumery’s most comprehensive and accurate classification reference. Dubbed the ‘perfume experts’ expert’, Edwards is the industry’s only impartial and independent authority. He makes no charge for listing of classifying new fragrances. He declines both advertising and sponsorship.

“A great perfume is a work of art. It can lift our days, haunt our nights and create milestones of our memories. Perfume is liquid emotions,” he says.

Fragrances of the World is available at The book retails for $175 USD.

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  • Angela Citrigno
    November 29, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    I’d love to see where all my fragrances rate and where I sit on the fragrance wheel. A coffee table book that everyone would pick up. The photography has to be spectacular @959angela

  • Linda L
    November 17, 2021 at 7:48 am

    “Perfume is liquid emotions.” Michael Edwards nails it!

  • Janet Moulton
    November 15, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Now, I have two books on my list…. This and the Perfume Companion.

  • Kay
    November 15, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Tis would be a great read I bet..

  • September Dee
    November 15, 2021 at 10:36 am

    This book must be a fascinating read.

  • Anna Roszak Robinson
    November 15, 2021 at 7:25 am