The Scents of Time: Perfume from Ancient Egypt to the 21st Century

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, this wonderful book explores perfume from the (fabulously titled!) first chapter of ‘Scent in the Fertile Crescent’, through the Classical World, following the fashions for fragrance around the globe and through the ages – we were especially drooling over the Jazz Age chapter, though really every single one is full of fascinating historical snippets and the most lust-worthy bottle and advertising pictures. If this were one of those whopping great tomes it could be called a Coffee Table Book, but at this smaller size it’s perfect for actually reading without taking up a gym membership to carry around. One of those books you’ll want to keep around to dip in to and sigh with the gorgeousness.

The Scents of Time, Edwin L. Morris

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