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Guest Post: Pairing Classic Novels with Perfumes

You know how they say that we can associate certain sounds or smells with memories? This has definitely happened to me before. I’ll be walking through a park and catch the scent of cut grass, a certain flower, or the smell of the water in a fountain and it triggers this flashback of a memory in my brain. I can’t say that I’ve associated scents with books before, but the books we read are typically stored in our memories, so it doesn’t feel like a strange concept to me and is definitely something that I will be thinking about and paying attention to the next time I sit down with a book.

This leads into when FragranceX shared this guide about pairing classic novels with perfumes with me! I loved the infographic and thought that it sounded like a fun concept and post that I could share with you guys! So, without further ado, here are FragranceX’s guest post about pairings of classic novels and perfumes!

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Pairing Classic Novels with Perfumes

The books we read and the scents we choose to wear both define who we are as people — our taste in these things is a way we show our personality to the world.

Someone who enjoys romance novels is more likely to pick up a floral, dreamy scent; someone who enjoys adventurous fantasy novels will probably want something more outdoorsy and bold.

A fragrance can remind you of your favorite book, or make you into a walking reminder of the stories you love! We’ve compiled a list of 10 classic books and scent pairings for them, so you can always smell like your favorite read.

For General Book Lovers: Paper Passion by Steidl

Paper Passion is an homage to books themselves, aiming to combine the inviting smell of a new book with traditional perfume elements. By taking base notes of paper and overlaying it with amber, butter and osmanthus, Steidl has created a book-inspired scent that is exciting and new. As a bonus, this scent comes packaged in an actual book with a cutout to hold the perfume.

Inspired by “La Mare au Diable:” George by Jardins d’Ecrivains

Created in homage to Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, known by her pen name George Sand, this scent is similarly bold and independent. For an author who didn’t want to be defined, George by Jardins d’Ecrivains is also an unexpected combination of the earthy notes of coffee and tobacco and the bright scents of florals and citrus.

Inspired by “She Came to Stay:” She Came to Stay by Timothy Han/Edition

“She Came to Stay” is a semi-autobiographical look at Simone de Beauvoir’s relationship with Jean Paul Sartre. To celebrate the sensuality and romance of that real-life relationship, this perfume is also a romantic and unexpected scent that puts a spin on traditional perfume elements. She Came to Stay by Timothy Han/Edition combines earthy notes of patchouli and cedarwood with geranium, basil and nutmeg.

For more book and scent pairings, check out this infographic:

Pairing Classic Novels with Perfumes infographic by FragranceX

⤖ Let’s Chat ⬻

THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING THIS POST! HAVE YOU EVER ATTRIBUTED SCENTS TO BOOKS? OR DID CERTAIN SCENTS MAKE YOU THINK OF CERTAIN BOOKS? I’M CURIOUS! LET’S CHAT ABOUT IT IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

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