Perfume Book Lists

So, are you making a list and checking it twice? ‘Tis the season of lists, after all: wish lists, end-of-year/best-of lists, etc. Perfumes lists are aplenty this time of year (nearly as common as perfume ads) but here at SCI we’re especially fond of perfume books. (Well, scent books, actually; though perfume ones do dominate…) And what’s better than lists except lists of lists? We thought we’d highlight some good lists of perfume books, in case you’re looking for a last-minute idea for a perfume-lover and are intimidated by actually getting them perfume. (Or, let’s just face it, you just want to give yourself a gift you actually want this season.)

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Now Smell This has an excellent list of books they’ve reviewed on their site. They also have a link to a more extensive bibliography of perfume books at Scented Pages. Personal lists could also be interesting: Heather has a good list on Amazon of Books for the Perfume-Obsessed; and here, for whatever it’s worth, is my scent book wish list. And finally, for book lovers, here’s a great list of book-scented perfumes and candles.

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Do you know of any other good lists we should add here? Do you have a good list you’d like to share? Please leave us a comment. And happy holidays, everyone!


CFP Future Anterior: Olfaction & Preservation Extended Deadline

CALL FOR PAPERS: Olfaction and Preservation
Special issue co-edited by Jorge Otero-Pailos and Adam Jasper 
Extended Deadline: Monday 22 February 2016


Future Anterior publishes essays that explore preservation from historical, theoretical and critical perspectives. For this issue, we seek papers on architecture, atmosphere, preservation and the sense of smell. We seek scholarly papers that take stock of the recent surge of interdisciplinary research on olfaction and speculate on its relevance to the practice of preservation.

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“Olfactory art makes scents – and who nose where it might lead us?”


“Olfactory art” – art concerned with smell – is currently a relatively minor field. But a growing number of contemporary artists are starting to explore the potentials of olfactory art. [Last] year’s Next Wave festival in Melbourne presents Smell You Later (May 1-11), a series of “scent-based encounters” in bathrooms, corridors, lobbies and stairwells of various festival venues.

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STINK! Documentary

“The movie the chemical industry doesn’t want you to see”

The sense of smell is often an issue in public discourse. Current odorizing and scent marketing practices are under critical scrutiny. The current documentary Stink! appears as a challenge to the industry. At the same time its coverage in the New York Times reveals how relevant the sense of smell is not only for business or culture, but also for society at large.

Against the Scentless: Returning the Sense of Smell to the Arts

Thought Catalog


“…The arts world of the 21st century should take these innovations as a challenge to make resonant new works incorporating aromas, and not allow these tools to simply become devices for social grooming and more effective product placement. Designers of luxury fragrances have understood for decades how scent can seduce others into believing in the idealized image of the wearer, a persuasive project that still seems to be waiting for a concerted critical response from the arts. Modern art has held up a mirror to the science of seduction many times before, with visual and audio montage works cutting up and reconfiguring the atoms of information in order to identify those areas where a stage-managed reality was being allowed to pass itself off as universal truth. The same can, and should, happen again with scent before the trail goes cold.”