Critic Luca Turin calls Michael Edwards ‘the Linnaeus of perfume’, describing his Fragrances of the World® guidebooks and databank as “the only comprehensive, historically accurate, factually reliable and artistically consistent database of fragrance in existence.”
The bilingual English and French guidebook remains perfumery’s most comprehensive and accurate classification reference. Dubbed the ‘perfume experts’ expert’, Edwards is the industry’s only impartial and independent authority. He makes no charge for listing or classifying new fragrances. He declines both advertising and sponsorship.
“Perfume Legends explores the evolution of modern French fragrances through the eyes and words of their creators.”
Michael Edwards, author of Perfume Legends
Perfume Legends: French Feminine Fragrances is now considered one of the most significant books written on modern perfumery. Edwards had been fascinated by the fragrance creators, yet surprised by the lack of public knowledge about their work.Never before have so many creators, perfumers, couturiers, bottle designers and fragrance house executives spoken so openly about their fragrances. Share their secrets, their stories, and their sources of their inspiration. The result is a gold mine of information and insight.
His annual reference, Fragrances of the World® , started in 1983 as a simple guide for retailers, listing just 323 fragrances. Today, it has become the industry’s most comprehensive classification of fragrances, universally regarded as the fragrance ‘bible’. It makes finding a new fragrance an exciting journey rather than a difficult chore.
Edwards’ Fragrance Wheel, the nose ‘map’ he developed to explain the relationship between the 14 different fragrance families, has become a universal icon of perfume classification: Google ‘fragrance+wheel’ to check how many millions of links result.
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