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Just putting it out there. It may be a fantasy, but the scent is light and lush, and it does honor the work of both Fargeon and Lubin very well.

Yet he remained fiercely loyal to Marie Antoinette, beyond her desperate flight to Varennes, her execution and even through his perfunista imprisonment and trial Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This was a bit disappointing. Dec 27, Rebekah added it Shelves: Dec 17, Cleolinda rated it liked it Shelves: The book gives a view of Marie Antoinette from the pointof natonieta of a tradesman who knew her, and who liked her, despite his Republican sympathies.

What saves this book and elevates it to 4 stars is the particulars regarding the art of perfumery as practiced in this time. All in all, a surprisingly slight book. Open Preview See a Problem? I liked the appendices and notes pages.

The bottle was discovered in our current century. Jul 21, Gina rated it liked it. Lists with This Book.

El Perfumista de Maria Antonieta (Spanish, Paperback)

Nov 14, Gianna rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was expecting more information about the scents and body care products she used. Books by Elisabeth de Feydeau.

The appendix included the perfumer’s own notes on different oils, masks etc. After meeting Marie Antoinette in the Trianon Palace, he began creating lavish bespoke scents that perfectly reflected her moods and personality. It is an interesting angle to the history of the Queen of France and the revolution, and the author makes much of Fargeon’s republicanism.


I had been wanting to read about Fargeon ever since Denyse Beaulieu mentioned him in The Perfume Lover, and this book left me feeling overwhelmingly satisfied. Descriptions of production techniques and the art of scent composition are both beautiful and fascinating and the appendixes are pure gold.

To ask other readers questions about A Scented Palaceplease sign up. He worked his way up and into the Court of Versailles, eventually becoming perfumizta special perfumer to Marie Antoinette. It was an interesting book, but not quite of the traditional biographical vein.

An interesting companion to Fraser’s “Marie Antoinette” or “Perfume: If you read Fraser’s biography of Marie Antoinette this perfumusta will be a nice accompaniment.

A Scented Palace: The Secret History of Marie Antoinette’s Perfumer

Indeed i found myself wishing that feydeau had been content to translate her primary documents rather than water them down and contextualize them for the masses. Although this book seems intended to be a biography, there is much more information about the man’s perfumes and products than his actual life. I love perfume, love reading about perfume ingredients, flowers, notes, the olfactory world is beautiful, yet haunting at the same time. And a quick read. 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.

Less a book than an extended magazine article.

Overall, an interesting account of perfumery in the time of Louis XVI, but not really a biography. Marie Antoinette, for example, was particularly fond of rose, violet, or tuberose scents.

It’s a fascinating read. He served as her personal and exclusive perfumer for fourteen years until when the darkness of Revolution swept across France, its wrath aimed at the extravagance of a now hated queen.


The same can be said for how the author describes the missing of materials to create fragrance. There are points where it was hard for me to read because I simply couldn’t visualize the process of making a perfume.

The author concentrates on describing the various perfumed concoctions produced by the perfumer Fargeon for his aristocratic clients. In the end, though, I feel as though I didn’t learn much about the perfumer himself – his creations were definitely the main focus of the work.

I was slightly disappointed by the limited footnoting, which didn’t give much information about the quotes that were footnoted! Tauris first published 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 modern day equivalent wouls be a person earning a 6 figure salary who wears a Che T-shirt on the weekends. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Which I think we all kind of suspected. Add the backdrop of the start of the French Revolution and any history buff would be intrigued by this book. Probably of most interest mwria readers who are interested in the science behind perfumery.

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Want to Read saving…. There’s a French version by Michelle Sapori published in ; I hope it’s due to come out in English sometime soon. There is a detailed description of the Parfum du Trianon, named after her favorite garden, a perfume which Fargeon designed specifically for her.

Hardcoverpages. No trivia or quizzes yet. It was nice to have a closer look at Marie Antoinette. A brief but informative look at one of the perfumers that Marie Antoinette highly favored.