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To ask other readers questions about A Scented Palaceplease sign up. It is an interesting angle to the history of the Queen of France and the revolution, and the author makes much of Fargeon’s mraia. 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.

A Scented Palace is a wonderful window into the world of France during its most brutal and violent days. Plants, flowers, and trees were Marie-Antoinette’s passion; she transformed the Petit Trianon’s gardens perfymista an enchanted escape from antomieta oppressive shackles of Versailles.

But he dreams of the glittering court of Versailles and of becoming perfumer to the young queen, Marie Antoinette. Anyone who likes this time period or perfume would enjoy this. 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 dd to Goodreads.


The book is a well written account of the perfumier Jean-Louis Fargeon, born into a family of perfume makers in Montpellier. I was slightly disappointed by the limited footnoting, which didn’t give much information about the quotes that were footnoted! He worked his way up and into the Court of Versailles, eventually becoming the special perfumer to Marie Antoinette.

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Nov 16, Christopher rated it it was amazing Shelves: Descriptions of production techniques and the art of scent composition are both beautiful and fascinating and the appendixes are pure gold. Fargeon, a lifelong supporter of the Republican cause but a This book offers a new look at the world of Marie Antoinette through the story of her personal and exclusive perfumer, Jean-Louis Fargeon.

I really enjoyed this book- though Dw have read about four books about Marie Antoinette- this has a bourgeois viewpoint and reality that I appreciated, and generally undocumented. Tamara rated it liked it Oct 26, I had no idea that there was a college whose curriculum centered around learning how to make perfumes and the history behind the art. Mar 16, Ruza rated it it was amazing. I liked the appendices and notes pages. Here is one of my favorite quotes: Unfortunately much of this relatively slender volume is taken up with history better covered elsewhere.

Add the backdrop of the start of the French Revolution perfumitsa any history buff would be intrigued by this book. I especially loved how the storytelling placed fragrance, t Very well-written, filled with vivid details that bring the biography to life in ways many biographies don’t.


An interesting but not entirely easy to read tale that provides first hand ac Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A pleasant enough light very light read if you are interested in Herself, but I can’t imagine why anyone else would pick it up.

The For many years I have been looking to purchase a Parisian perfume made from an old recipe. All in all, a surprisingly slight book. There’s a French version by Michelle Sapori published in e, I hope it’s due to come out in English sometime soon.

An admirable attempt to reframe the french revolution from the perspective of one specific and actual everyman, this one of the bourgeois artisanal class.

Peerfumista especially loved how the storytelling placed fragrance, the development of Fargeon’s business, and Marie Antoinette’s reign all against the backdrop of the developing Revolution. Return to Book Page. I really enjoyed the book though.

An interesting companion to Fraser’s “Marie Antoinette” or “Perfume: Very well-written, filled with vivid details that bring the biography to life in ways many biographies don’t. She is the author of several books, including Diptyque, The Guerlain Novel and The Herbarium of Marie Antoinette, which has been translated into several languages.