The Secret of Scent

The Secret of Scent:  Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell, by Luca Turin.  Luca Turin writes so beautifully about fragrance:  he’s one of the writers best able to conjure up a smell in words, and this is partly his personal journey – from working as a biophysicist through to working in the fragrance industry, using his theory of smell (or olfaction) to design entirely new fragrances and molecules.  In this book, Luca looks at many raw materials and explains the science of smell in an accessible way that cleverly brings the subject alive for anyone who flunked chemistry at school.  If you’ve ever wondered how smell works, he has a darned good try at cracking the code here.

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