There's a whole plethora of books about the world of perfumery, but here are a small collection of our favourites for this festive season.
The Perfume Bible by Josephine Fairley and Lorna McKay
A wonderful introduction to the world of perfume, written by the founders of the Perfume Society. There are 192 beautifully illustrated pages, including 100 perfumes to try before you die, how to build a perfume wardrobe and information about ingredients. A beautiful book.
Scent & Subversion by Barbara Herman
This fantastic tome collects reviews from Barbara's blog, tracing threads through historical perfumers works, and loaded with gorgeous ads of yesteryear.
British Perfumery: A Fragrant History by British Society of Perfumers
To celebrate their 50th anniversay, the BSP launched this collective history of British Perfumery dating back to the 16th Century, as well as looks behind the scenes in the industry (from perfumers to suppliers), and of course a fascinating look at Penhaligon's.
Coming to my Senses by Alyssa Harad
Harad writes wittily and evocatively about her fall down the scented rabbit hole as she discovers the "seductive underworld" of perfume, and the tribulations of trying to plan a wedding at the same time.