Reference Book

The ultimate fragrance reference book, universally regarded as the fragrance ‘bible’. This bilingual English and French guide 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.

Reference Book 33rd Edition

Michael Edwards’ reference book provides the most comprehensive guide to fragrances and their classifications. More than 12,000 fragrances feature in the 33rd edition, launched in 2019 or before, indexed by name, house, gender and fragrance family.

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A great perfume is a work of art. It can LIFT OUR DAYS, HAUNT OUR NIGHTS and CREATE THE MILESTONES OF OUR MEMORIES. Perfume is liquid emotions.

– Michael Edwards, Author of Perfume Legends


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.