“Lizzie Ostrom’s entertaining romp through a century of perfumes, ten per decade from 1900 to 1999… This book is as delectable an artefact as the product it describes… the perfect accompaniment to a bottle of J’Adore in your stocking.” (Suzi Feay Independent)
“Beautifully written and illustrated with a sumptuous cover, this would make a perfect gift.”
“Gloriously evocative.” (Femail Daily Mail)
“A book to savour… an education and a pleasure. I couldn’t recommend it for fragrance lovers more highly.” (Jane Cunningham British Beauty Blogger)
I’m delighted to announce the publication of my first book, Perfume: A Century of Scents. You’ll also notice that it’s not bearing the name of Odette. Rest assured that Odette’s not going anywhere – I am she – it’s rather that Lizzie Ostrom (also me) is coming out as an author.
The book tells the incredible stories of 100 perfumes in all their fragrant glory – with ten lovingly chosen scents for each decade of the twentieth century.
Signature scents and now lost masterpieces; the visionaries who conceived them; the wild and wonderful campaigns that launched them; the women and men who wore them – every perfume has a tale to tell. Join me on an olfactory adventure as I explore the trends and crazes that have shaped the way we’ve spritzed.
On these pages I’ve tried to capture the elusive role scent has played in our cultural history. Depending which perfume we’re talking about, there are chapters on scent and literature, theatre, fashion, advertising, archeology, TV, gender and cinema. I wanted to explore as broad a territory as possible, and to gather the most interesting and humorous stories that came my way.
Perfume: A Century of Scents is out now in a seriously blingtastic hardback by Hutchinson (£16.99) and on Kindle.
You can order via Waterstones, Amazon or Hive, and if you’d like a signed copy now, which will be posted to you or your recipient within 3 working days, click below! (Apologies, I can only offer UK delivery right now).