The incredible stories of 100 perfumes in all their fragrant glory – ten lovingly chosen scents for each decade of the twentieth century.
The incredible stories of 100 perfumes from a whole century of scents.
Signature scents and now lost masterpieces; the visionaries who conceived them; the wild and wonderful campaigns that launched them; the women and men who wore them – every perfume has a tale to tell.
Join Lizzie Ostrom, dubbed ‘the Heston Blumenthal of perfume’ (Daily Mail), on an olfactory adventure as she explores the trends and crazes that have shaped the way we’ve spritzed.
“A wonderful, well-informed read... Charming and illuminating... I loved it… if you're thinking about Christmas presents I would buy it...”
India Knight, Spectator
“Lizzie Ostrom’s entertaining romp through a century of perfumes, ten per decade from 1900 to 1999… This book is as delectable an artefact as the product it describes… the perfect accompaniment to a bottle of J’Adore in your stocking.”
Suzi Feay, Independent
“A really enjoyable, fun book... a great stocking filler.”
BBC Radio 2 Fact Not Fiction Book Club, The Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman
“Beautifully written and illustrated with a sumptuous cover, this would make a perfect gift.”
Cathy Rentzenbrink, Stylist
“More social history than beauty book... the witty insights and fun, chatty style make this a lush treat or a gorgeous gift.”
Alexandra Heminsley, The Debrief
“The perfect non-fiction stocking filler for perfume aficionados and beauty lovers... One of the most gorgeous covers this Christmas... A Century of Scents will inform and entertain”
Natalie Xenos, Culturefly
“A joyous canter through important scents launched during each decade of the twentieth century... a fabulous read. It would also make an excellent present for a perfume or beauty fan.”
Amanda Carr, The Women's Room
“A series of engaging vignettes… acute social commentary and fascinating anecdotes.”
Juanita Coulson, The Lady
Femail, Daily Mail
“A giddying, gleeful whistlestop tour of the 20th century... Ostrom has the enthusiasm and mischievous twinkle of TV historian Lucy Worsley.”
Rebecca Franks, We Love This Book
“A book to savour... an education and a pleasure. I couldn’t recommend it for fragrance lovers more highly.”
Jane Cunningham, British Beauty Blogger
“Witty and elegant... works like an enticing spell.”
Louise Gorrod, The Simple Things
“An intriguing, intoxicating guide to all things perfume.”
Book of the Week, New! magazine
“This is a wonderful book... will appeal to readers of fashion biographies and fashion history and anyone will a love of scent.”
Catherine Amey, Fashion Bookworm