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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This book is a great little addition to any 18th century library. Return to Book Page. Descriptions of production techniques and the art of scent composition are both beautiful and fascinating and antoneta 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.

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She was awarded the Prix Guerlain for this book in and was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in Story of a Murderer. Still, her approach does make for a more readable book i guess.

The descriptions of Paris and Versailles, and the fetid hallways, courtyards, “smelling of death” and such had be I really enjoyed this book- though I have read about four books about Marie Antoinette- this has a bourgeois viewpoint and reality that I appreciated, and generally undocumented.

Jun 16, Jen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tamara rated it liked it Oct 26, I’d still like to read it though. Apr 03, Anna rated it really liked it. He added just a pinch, for the Queen loved the flower in its natural state but was wary of the rapidly obsessional power of a scent that was halfway between honey and venom. Published October 17th by I. Want to Read saving….


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This book dives into the secret life of Marie Antoinette’s perfumer and his creations for Marie Antoinette and his close relationship with her. 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.

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I especially loved how the storytelling placed fragrance, t Very well-written, filled with vivid details that bring the biography to life in ways many biographies don’t. The book is a short his I love perfume, love reading about perfume ingredients, flowers, notes, the olfactory world is beautiful, yet haunting at the same time. It was nice to have a closer look at Marie Antoinette. The scent descriptions in the book are excellent, as well, and detailed enough to give the reader a good sense of the p A brief but informative look at one of the perfumers that Marie Antoinette highly favored.

About Elisabeth de Feydeau. Probably of most interest to readers who are interested in the science behind perfumery. A pleasant enough light very light read if you are interested in Herself, but I can’t imagine why anyone else would pick it up. Less a book than an extended magazine article.

Also the scents and descriptions of perfume were delightful, I’m not that well versed but it made a kind of sumptuous read. Nov 16, Christopher rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was very interesting to learn about how to make perfume.

Jean-Louis Fargeon is born into a family of perfumers and soon becomes apprenticed to his father’s modest perfumerie.

I really enjoyed the book though.

Trivia About A Scented Palace It was a fresh take I’d never heard before. And a quick read. Both are a delicious pleasure. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Perfumery was already well established in France, and even philosophers at the time acknowledged the importance of our olfactory senses. I think I lost a lot in translation- jokes and such- but it wasn’t an awkward read.


I would’ve used an online translator, but I don’t trust those things. There is even a scent ‘glossery’ in the back for those of us who aren’t familiar with some of the scents described in the book. It made it difficult to know how much was fact and what she was imagining that he might have dl and felt. The descriptions of Paris and Versailles, and the fetid hallways, courtyards, “smelling of death” antoineta such had been quoted in a review of the movie Marie Antoinette, which is how I heard about this book.

The author concentrates on describing the various perfumed concoctions produced by the perfumer Fargeon for his aristocratic clients.

I read, once again, that Rose Bertin, though a talented clothing designer, is a terrible businesswoman and a bit stuck up even for being the Queen’s milliner. However, it seems that Feydau’s fascintation with this aspect of Fargeon occludes her ability to evaluate him honestly.

I had been wanting to read about Fargeon ever since Denyse Beaulieu mentioned him in The Perfume Lover, and this book left me feeling overwhelmingly satisfied. All in all, a surprisingly slight book. What saves this book and elevates it to 4 stars is the particulars regarding the art of perfumery as practiced in this time. Feb 20, Rebecca rated it it perfumist amazing Shelves: Though it was well-written, I kind of wish that some of the french statements and titles had been translated, at least once.