Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Smell Like Old Books

I have to admit, I like the smell of old books, but I definitely don't want to smell like an old book myself.  These are two different things.

Thanks to Christopher Brosius Limited, a New York based perfumery dedicated to unusual smells, has launched a new perfume In the Library which is based on "a signed first edition of one of Brosius' favorite novels, Russian and Morocco leather bindings, worn cloth, and a hint of wood polish."

Here is Brosius' full story behind the In the Library scent :
"I love books, particularly old ones. I cannot pass a second hand bookshop and rarely come away without at least one additional volume. I now have quite a collection!

Whenever I read, the start of the journey is always opening the book and breathing deeply. Don't you find there are few things more wonderful than the smell of a much-loved book? Newly printed books certainly smell very different from older ones. The ink is so crisp. I've also noticed that books from different periods & different countries also have very different smells. And then there are the scents of different bindings: leather is marvelous of course but I find a peculiar pleasure in musty worn clothbound books as well. Perhaps just a hint of mildew!

The main note in this scent was copied from one of my favorite books - I happened to find a signed first edition of this novel a few years ago in London. I was more than a little excited because there were only ever a hundred in the first place!"

Whether it be irresistible to members of the opposite sex, then I really don't know.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Alice , youre really a bookworm eh. Hope you can remember me , I'm Bert from Riverine Malacca , I found a bookshop which is very near to my restaurant , all used books. Nxt time you come to Malacca please drop by the Riverine ya.

    Take care

    Bert Tan