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It’s still such a shame that there isn’t a recently published biography of her; the closest was printed in by John Long Limited and written by Emil Langlade according to Goodreads. 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.

Descriptions of pro An admirable attempt to reframe the french revolution from the perspective of one specific and actual everyman, this one of the bourgeois artisanal class. I read this book based on a review in Judith Thurman’s “Cleopatra’s Nose.

All in all, a surprisingly slight book. It also goes a bit into the old ways of making perfume, and has lots of useful information in the back about perfume. In some ways this book is a perfect companion to sofia coppola’s film. One of the most interesting aspects of the book is the details of how he worked, and particularly his wife’s involvement in the business. That he wrote letters to his brother was m Such an interesting book, especially the appendices at the back, listing Fargeon’s own notes about different scent-giving ingredients and the methods of capturing their scents.


She was awarded the Prix Guerlain for this book in and was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in His ambition carried him to Paris where his boutique became one of the most elegant and well-patronised in France.

I really enjoyed this book- though I have read about four books about Marie Antoinette- this has a bourgeois viewpoint and reality that I appreciated, and dee undocumented. Jun 16, Jen rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book is a short his I perfumisfa perfume, love reading about perfume ingredients, flowers, notes, the olfactory world is beautiful, yet haunting at the same time. Marie Antoinette, for example, was particularly fond of rose, violet, or tuberose scents.

Jul 21, Gina rated it liked it. Also the scents and descriptions of perfume were delightful, I’m not that well versed but it made a kind of sumptuous read. Published October 17th by I.

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El Perfumista de Maria Antonieta (Spanish, Paperback)

It was very abtonieta to learn about how to make perfume. Dec 17, Cleolinda rated it liked it Shelves: Figures it would be in France. 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.

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Aug 10, Anna Gibson rated it really liked it Shelves: Fargeon, a lifelong supporter of the Republican cause but a purveyor to the court, was in a dangerous position. Jean-Louis Fargeon is born into a family of perfumers and soon becomes apprenticed to his father’s modest perfumerie.


Turning superficiality into a virtue peerfumista does seem to be a perfect approach for this subject. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Open Preview See a Problem?

Fargeon liked his Queen, but he was still a staunch Republican. Descriptions of production techniques and the art of scent composition are both beautiful and fascinating and the appendixes are pure gold.

And a quick read. If you read Fraser’s biography of Marie Antoinette this book will be a nice accompaniment. Skickas inom vardagar. Jan 25, Anna rated it it was ok Shelves: Hardcoverpages. Plants, flowers, and trees were Marie-Antoinette’s passion; she transformed the Petit Antoieta gardens into an enchanted escape from the oppressive shackles of Versailles. Which I think we all kind of suspected.

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Though it was well-written, I kind of wish that some of the french statements and titles had been translated, at least once. I had no idea that there was a college whose curriculum centered around learning how to make perfumes and the history behind the art. It was really perfhmista. I imagine it’s a tiny bit different now.