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Reading List – The Institute for Art and Olfaction

Here is our growing reading list of recommended books related to scent, the history of perfume and contemporary practices with scent. Where possible, we have linked to either the author’s stores, or to smaller online book retailers with social consciences. But, you know, you can probably find them on Amazon, too.

 

CULTURE + HISTORY

‘The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession’
by Chandler Burr
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‘Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent’
by Mandy Aftel
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‘Perfume: A Century of Scents’
by Odette Toilette
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“The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York”
by Chandler Burr
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‘Cult Perfumes’
by Tessa Williams
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‘A Natural History of the Senses’
by Diane Ackerman
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‘Essence and Alchemy’
by Mandy Aftel
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‘Perfume: The Alchemy of Scent’
by Jean-Claude Ellena
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‘Scent and Subversion’
by Barbara Herman
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‘Sandalwood and Carrion –
Smell in Indian Religion and Culture

by James McHugh
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‘Sense of Smell’
by Marcel van Brakel, Wander Eikelboom,
Frederik Duerinck
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Nez Magazine
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SCIENCE + TECHNICAL

‘The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell
by Luca Turin
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‘Introduction to Perfumery’
by Tony Curtis, David G. Williams
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‘Scent and Fragrances: The Fascination of Odors and their Chemical Perspectives’
by Günther Ohloff
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‘The Chemistry of Fragrances: From Perfumer to Consumer’
by Charles S Sell (Editor)
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‘The Chemistry Of Essential Oils Made Simple’
by David Stewart
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‘Perfume Engineering: Design, Performance & Classification’
by Miguel A Teixeira, Oscar Rodriguez, Paula Gomes, Vera Mata, Alirio Rodrigues
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‘What the Nose Knows: The Science of Scent in Everyday Life
by Avery Gilbert
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Also check out British perfumer Karen Gilbert’s list of recommended books, right here.