This Month’s Fragrant Read: Perfume by Megan Volpert

This month’s fragrant read

This month, journalist Megan Volpert launches a fascinating book that chronicles our sense of smell and how it affects all aspects of our lives. Published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic magazine, Volpert uncovers the hidden aspects of smell. She starts off by clearly identifying how smell is crucial to our survival. We can smell fear, disease, food. Fragrance is also entertainment. We can smell an expensive bottle of perfume at a high-end department store and be transported away to a foreign country or vacation destination. A perfume can even remind us of a beloved aunt. A memory in a bottle is a powerful thing.

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This interesting book balances the artistry with the science of perfume. The science takes us into the neurology of scent receptors, how taste is mostly smell, the biology of illnesses that impact scent sense and the chemistry of making and copying perfume. She outlines the five scent families and symbolism in perfumery explaining the subjectivity in perfume preference, perfume marketing strategies, iconic scents and perfumers. She even delves into why the industry is so secretive. The finale chapter follows her adventures making perfume.

This is a “must read” for any fragrance enthusiast.

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  • Gail Siemko
    April 3, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    I have added this new #Perfume book by #MeganVolpert to my book list. It sounds like a great read! Thanks for all of your recommendations @Scentlodge

    Gail Siemko oxo

  • Angela Citrigno
    April 1, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful read. I will add this to my list. I bet the photography is gorgeous too.

  • September Dee
    April 1, 2022 at 10:59 am

    This sounds like a great read. I will add it to my list. Thank you!