“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.” (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)
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 tour of the century as I explore the trends and crazes that have shaped the way we’ve spritzed.
On these pages I’ve captured the elusive but important role scent has played in our cultural history, and the ways it has intertwined with social changes, with literature, theatre, fashion, advertising, archeology, TV and cinema. From the role of fragrance in film noir, to men’s aftershave as an accessory in 1960s spy thrillers, Edwardian perfumes theatre productions, and the scents of sexual revolution in the 1970s.
It’s also published internationally in the United States, Russia and Poland with other countries to be announced soon.