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In truth this book is a solid and quick overview of the summtuary habits at Versailles with Fargeon as a kind of literary device that the author relates back to. I would’ve used an online perfumsta, but I don’t trust those things. Jan 25, Anna rated it it was ok Shelves: A sometimes overlooked aspect of life in pre industri interesting biography of the man who supplied perfume and cosmetics to the French nobility, including Marie Antoinette.

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Sep 20, Simon rated it it was ok. May 28, Larissa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Add the backdrop of the start of the French Revolution and any history buff would be intrigued by this book. Aug 10, Anna Gibson rated it really liked it Shelves: It also goes a bit into the old ways of making perfume, and has lots of useful information in the back about perfume. To ask other readers questions about A Scented Palaceplease sign up.

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

Hardcoverpages. The author concentrates on describing the various perfumed concoctions produced by perfumistw perfumer Fargeon for his aristocratic clients. It was really good. Also the scents and descriptions of perfume were delightful, I’m not that well versed but it made a kind of sumptuous read. In some ways this book is a perfect companion to sofia coppola’s film.

El Perfumista de Maria Antonieta

Both are a delicious pleasure. Aug 29, Louise Culmer rated it liked it Shelves: This is a period perfumizta history that I find fascinating. Based on archival documents, this book includes descriptions of the cosmet Indeed i found myself wishing that feydeau had been content to translate her primary maaria rather than water them down and contextualize them for the masses.


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.

If you read Fraser’s biography of Marie Antoinette this book will be a nice accompaniment. Descriptions of production techniques and the art of scent composition are both beautiful and fascinating and lerfumista appendixes are pure gold. Anecdotes regarding Marie Antoinette are par for the course and provide no real insight there. Churchill Andrew Roberts Inbunden. Apr 11, B rated it liked it. It was a pleasure to imagine the wonderful scents that Fargeon created for the Queen, and also to learn of her elaborate bathing and dressing habits.

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She was awarded the Prix Guerlain for this book in and was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in He worked his way up and into the Court of Versailles, eventually becoming the special perfumer to Marie Antoinette. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. His ambition carried him to Paris where his boutique became one of the most elegant and well-patronised in France.

Story of a Murderer. The scent descriptions in the book are excellent, as well, and detailed enough to give the reader a good sense of the perfume. I wore it the entire time that I read the book. However, the look at the beauty products of Versailles and in particular Marie Antoinette’s favorite beauty products is well worth the easy read.

Trivia About A Scented Palace What saves this book and elevates it to 4 stars is the particulars regarding the art of perfumery as practiced in this time. Lauren rated it it was ok Sep 19, The book is a short history on his relationship with her over the years and his journal writings and what happened during perfummista after the French Revolution.


A pleasant enough light very light read if you are interested in Herself, but I can’t imagine why anyone else would pick it up. I had no idea that there was a college whose curriculum centered around learning how to make perfumes and the history behind the art. Fargeon’s impressions of Marie Antoinette are particularly compelling, in part because of their intimacy and his keen senses, but in part because he is a witness who, despite a vocation that depended almost entirely on an aristocratic clientele, believed ardently in the ideals of the Revolution.

Published October 17th by I. The For many years I have been looking to purchase a Parisian perfume made from an old recipe. I love perfume, love reading about perfume ingredients, flowers, notes, the olfactory world is beautiful, yet haunting at the same time. 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.

Mariia read this book based on a review in Judith Thurman’s “Cleopatra’s Nose. What was obvious from the first page was the eprfumista passion for perfumery. Bloggat om A Scented Palace. Thanks for telling us about the problem. But other than the usual fare about her majesty her dresses, the lesbian rumors, her ‘affair’ with Count Axel de Fersen, the Affair of the Necklessthere isn’t anything new to read about.

May 11, Laura Florand rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book would have been better had Feydau been willing to examine these contradictions in depth, rather than excusing them is a few sentences.