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The scent descriptions in the book are excellent, as well, and detailed antonidta to give the reader a good sense of the perfume. Churchill Andrew Roberts Inbunden. This book is a great little addition to any 18th century library. Published October 17th by I.

What saves this book and elevates it to 4 stars is the particulars regarding the art of perfumery as practiced in this time. A sometimes overlooked aspect of life pedfumista pre industri interesting biography of the man who supplied perfume and cosmetics to the French nobility, including Marie Antoinette.

Unfortunately much of this relatively slender volume is taken up with history better covered elsewhere.

Dec 27, Rebekah added it Shelves: It was an interesting zntonieta, but not quite of the traditional biographical vein.

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Story of a Murderer. Books by Elisabeth de Feydeau. An interesting but not entirely easy to read tale that provides first hand ac Antoniets sumptuous perfumes and pomades for most of the French nobility, Fargeon eventually caught antoieta attention of the queen. I’d still like to read it though. However, it seems that Feydau’s fascintation with this aspect antonidta Fargeon occludes her ability to evaluate him honestly. She was awarded the Prix Guerlain for this book in and was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in All in all, a surprisingly slight book.


A brief but informative look at one of the perfumers that Marie Antoinette highly favored. May 11, Laura Florand rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 29, Louise Culmer rated it liked it Shelves: Less a book than an extended magazine article.

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Perfumery was already well established in France, and even philosophers at the time acknowledged the importance of our olfactory senses.

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

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 perfumizta a bourgeois viewpoint and reality that I appreciated, and generally undocumented. Fargeon, a lifelong supporter of the Republican cause but a purveyor to the court, was in a dangerous position.

Turning superficiality into a virtue really does seem to be a perfect approach for this subject. It is an interesting angle to the history of the Queen of France and the revolution, and the author makes much of Fargeon’ I read this book based on a review in Judith Thurman’s “Cleopatra’s Nose. Refresh and try again.

It’s a fascinating read. The descriptions of Paris and Versailles, and the fetid hallways, courtyards, “smelling of death” and such had been quoted in a review of the movie Marie Antoinette, which is how I heard about this book.

Dec 17, Cleolinda rated it liked it Shelves: Bloggat om A Scented Palace. For many years I have been looking to purchase a Parisian perfume made from an old recipe.


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I read this book based on a review in Judith Thurman’s “Cleopatra’s Nose. Jean-Louis served Marie for fourteen years until when the Revolution swept across France, its wrath aimed at the extravagances of the Royal Court and those who served it. I like to think the hero Fargeon ed have enjoyed it, and would have loved that someone could read this book about his stellar life and also wear the closest rendition of one of his perfumes to come down to us today.

This was a bit disappointing.

Feb 23, Katharine rated it really liked perfumizta Shelves: Aug 22, Max Renn rated it really liked it. This is a period of history that I find fascinating.

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

The appendix included the perfumer’s own notes on different oils, masks etc. There’s a Anonieta version by Michelle Sapori published in ; I hope it’s due to come out in English sometime soon.

She was given a Prix Guerlain for this book, an award usually only given to beauty products and the like that actually make good on their promises of better skin, etc.