One member of Grazia Team Beauty has a mother who is o.b.s.e.s.s.e.d with fragrance. This means that she begs to go to Les Senteurs and the Roja Dove Perfumerie at Harrods on each and every trip to London, demands to stay there for hours at a time, revels in discussing top notes/dry downs/chypres etc, and quotes perfume guru Luca Turin’s book Perfumes: The A – Z Guide at every opportunity.
Another individual with an overarching interest in Turin is the considerably more famous US journalist Chandler Burr, author of The Emperor of Scent, a novel about the aforementioned Turin’s life and work. This morning, as it happens, we’re very much enjoying Burr’s NY Times blog post on the power of perfume to surprise (check it out here). And we love his selection of scents that pack unusual punches. Inspirational, we're sure you'll agree.
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