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Fragrance Day: A roundup

Did you know there’s a National Fragrance Day? That’s right, March 21 of every year is a day to celebrate… well… smelling good. If your definition of celebrating this day involves books, we’ve got you covered!

Scent of Darkness by Margot BerwinScent of Darkness
Margot Berwin

We’ve all heard about how pheromones partially determine our attractiveness; after all, it’s how we attract our mates. Now, what happens if a perfume is created that makes a woman absolutely irresistable? That’s the premise of Margot Berwin’s second novel, Scent of Darkness. Evangeline’s grandmother is a scent maker, and when Evangeline turns 18, she is given a small vial. Inside is a perfume created specifically for her, but there’s a warning on the label: If Evangeline opens the vial, her life will change irrevocably. Well, of course Evangeline opens it (otherwise what would the story be?), and the results are life changing.

Secret of Chanel No. 5 by Tilar J. Mazzeo

The Secret of Chanel No. 5:
The Intimate History of the
World’s Most Famous Perfume
Tilar J. Mazzeo

From the author of the biography of the Widow Clicquot comes a history of Chanel No. 5, the timeless scent of the world of the wealthy. Not only does Mazzeo explore the life of Coco Chanel and how this classic perfume came into existence (not the way you’d think!), but she takes the reader through the physical journey of the perfume as well. What’s more, Mazzeo looks at the status of Chanel No. 5—why exactly is it so popular? There’s a reason this perfume is so iconic — it’s the best-selling perfume of all time — and after you read this book, you’ll understand its origins and its endless appeal.

Season to Taste by Molly Birnbaum

Season to Taste: How I Lost
My Sense of Smell and Found My Way
Molly Birnbaum

Few people realize how intimately the sense of smell is tied to our ability to taste. Without smell, our taste buds lose their sensitivity. When Molly Birnbaum lost her sense of smell after a hit-and-run accident, she also lost her sense of taste. While this would be devastating to anyone, Birnbaum worked in a restaurant kitchen, was planning to attend the Culinary Institute of America and eventually wanted to become a chef. Losing her sense of smell threatened to ruin her life, and she fell into a depression. Writing this book, an exploration of the sense of smell in the hopes of regaining that crucial sense, helped her to find new purpose in life.

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