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For many years I have been looking to purchase a Parisian perfume made from an old recipe. Unfortunately much of this relatively slender volume is taken up with history better covered elsewhere. The entire book comes off as extremely well documented, a series of stories strung together with witty use of appendices. Lists with This Book. I found his potions fascinating, and I have always felt that Marie Antoinette, while she was an unfortunate spend thrift, was misjudged.

This book offers a new look at the world of Marie Antoinette through the story of her personal and exclusive perfumer, Jean-Louis Fargeon. Apr 03, Anna rated it really liked it. This book would have been better had Feydau been willing to examine these contradictions in depth, rather than excusing them is a few sentences. I love perfume, love reading about perfume ingredients, flowers, notes, the olfactory world is beautiful, yet haunting at the same time.

That he wrote letters to his brother was mentioned, but not once did the author say where she was finding her information To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


Dec 17, Cleolinda rated it liked it Shelves: That he wrote letters to his brother was m Such an interesting book, especially the appendices at the back, listing Fargeon’s own notes about different scent-giving ingredients and the methods of capturing their scents. Aug 22, Max Renn rated it really liked it. It was a fresh take I’d never heard before. Descriptions of production techniques and the art of scent composition are both beautiful and fascinating and the appendixes are pure gold.

I had no idea that there was a college whose curriculum centered around learning how to make perfumes and the history behind the art. Extreme Ownership Jocko Willink Inbunden. There are points where it was hard for me to read because I simply couldn’t visualize the process of making a perfume.

A Scented Palace: The Secret History of Marie Antoinette’s Perfumer by Elisabeth de Feydeau

Probably of most interest to readers who are interested in the science behind perfumery. Jean-Louis Fargeon is born into a family of perfumers and soon becomes apprenticed to his father’s modest perfumerie.

Aug 15, Abby Warren rated it liked it. Bloggat om A Scented Palace. A brief but informative look at one of the perfumers that Marie Antoinette highly favored. This antnoieta is a great little addition to any 18th century library. A fantastic look at a successful artisan’s life and work with Marie Antoinette and the upper classes. Yet he remained fiercely loyal to Marie Antoinette, beyond her desperate flight to Varennes, her execution and even through his own imprisonment and trial.


To me his aspirations seem solidly bourgeois, and his extensive ell holdings, horses, carriages, and royal clientele do not reconcile with his professed political leanings the revolutionaries had similar misgivings. It is an interesting angle to the history of the Queen of France and the revolution, and the author makes much of Fargeon’s republicanism. Which I think we all kind of suspected. A very short read, but fascinating. All in all, a surprisingly slight book.

Perfumery was already well established in France, and even philosophers at the time acknowledged the importance of our olfactory senses. The book is a short his I love perfume, love pdrfumista about perfume ingredients, flowers, notes, the olfactory world is beautiful, yet haunting at the same time.

He added just a pinch, for the Queen loved pperfumista flower in its natural state but was wary of the rapidly obsessional power of a scent that was halfway between honey and venom.

It made it difficult to know how much was fact and what she was imagining that he might have thought and felt. Feb 04, Alexa.

El Perfumista de Maria Antonieta

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