By Roja Dove
The Essence of Perfume is as captivating as it is informative. Beginning with a comprehensive discussion of the sense of smell and the materials of the master perfumer, The Essence of Perfume goes on to celebrate the great classics, the makers who brought them to life, and the bottle makers who gave them shape. Dove leads us on an extravagant journey through the world of scent, beginning in Ancient Egypt and to more recent stories including the bitter rivalry between Coco Chanel and “that Italian,” Elsa Schiaparelli. In an age where the methods and motivations of the original perfumers are all but forgotten, Roja Dove unfolds the gripping story of scent with all the passion and devotion of a true artist.
"Fragrance fans will find heaven within the pages of this beautifully illustrated book…Delicious." —Grazia
"Roja Dove has siphoned his encyclopedic knowledge of all things perfume into a coffee table-worthy volume." —Vogue
Roja Dove is one of the world’s leading authorities on fragrance. He began his career at Guerlain and today creates bespoke fragrances for an exclusive clientele in addition to running The Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie in Harrods. He has written for Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times and Wallpaper.