Sunday, March 16, 2008

Perfume(d) Periodical

We get bombarded with a slew of perfume advertisements every time that we open up a magazine. Ads of gorgeous (often well-known) women dousing themselves in the scent du jour fill our visual field, while the perfume itself wafts up from the folded sleeve of the page that has been coated with it for our olfactory pleasure. I do sometimes dab my wrists with the aforementioned perfume, I must admit, especially when it's a really good one like D& G's the one. Anyway, now perfume is not only being advertised in your periodical, it has actually become the star of its own (very well-written) article and book. Check out Chandler Burr's "Scent Notes" from the New York Times' insert magazine Design Spring 2008, where he discusses architectural structures such as the Lever House and their scent equivalents. Also, be sure to pre-order your copy of Perfumes: The Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. This book was reviewed in this month's Elle (the one with Natalie Portman on the cover), and it sounds like a lot of fun. Best of all, it will help you find out which perfumes are the ones you need on your vanity stand and which ones you can do without. For those of you that like instant gratification, Turin and Sanchez offer a sneak peak with reviews of scents by Serge Lutens, Annick Goutal, and Kenzo, among others, up on their website right now. Happy reading!

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