Michael Edwards / Fragrance of the World book


Post by Ainslie Walker


Hello APJ

For those of you who don’t know who, Michael Edwards is, please stop everything and read below. For those who do, read on anyway, as we have an extremely generous and special giveaway for you today!

Michael Edwards / Fragrance of the World book + GIVEAWAY

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I have nicknamed Michael, “The David Attenborough of the Perfume World” to friends who need an explanation, initially mainly due to his mannerisms and gentle accent. When I told him, he graciously and modestly accepted this, saying he “was very flattered”, and I was “far too kind”. The thing is, he has done as much, for the perfume industry, as Sir David has done with wildlife, exploring, categorizing and creating families, from a fragrant territory, very few had explored prior. He has created a vast and valuable foundation for us all to learn and discover from. His impact and input to the industry will be evident for many years, even generations to come.

Michael is a true gentlemen -softly spoken, approachable, and extremely modest. He is an independent fragrance evaluator, classifier, educator, author, consultant and historian. He is also a 2-time FiFi award winner – THE most prominent and prestigious award, of the fragrance industry.

He has classified more fragrances than anyone in perfume’s history. His comprehensive, annual book “Fragrances Of The World” is now in its 30th Anniversary Edition. Of the first book, released in 1984, Michael says humbly “ it was very modest, listing just 300 perfumes” (Actually, a huge undertaking if you think about it- that’s almost 1 fragrance for every day of the year!)

His experience and knowledge of perfumes and the fragrance industry is second to none. He knows everyone who is anyone, perfumers and noses (Ellena, Roudaniska, De Chiris…around 400 of them!), oil houses (Coty, Robertet, Firminech, Givadaun…), fashion brands, (Tom Ford, Chanel, Dior, Lutens, Estee Lauder, Prada, Hermes…), perfume distributors, bottle designers, retailers (Harrods, Nordstrom, David Jones…in fact these 3 give him ALL their display windows on release of his books, they are THAT crucial to their sales!)

His contact list is incredible and he has met and interviewed many of the greats, including many who have now sadly passed away. He was the first to interview perfumers, and expose some of the mystery surrounding French perfumery, for his now out of print book, Perfume Legends.

Seriously; he knows EVERYONE! They come to him for advice, guidance and information. Evelyn Lauder calls him “the perfume experts’, expert!” And yet he remains so incredibly humble.

For the Fragrances Of The World manuals, he and his talented Australian based team categorize every perfume released (!!) into 4 fragrance groups – Floral, Oriental, Woody and Fresh, and then into a further 14 subgroup families, from his famous fragrance wheel.

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Each year he updates, adding all the new releases and discontinuations for that year. In 1984 only 30 of the fragrances were ‘new’, in 1993, the team added 130, in 2003, 580, and so on until last year they added a whopping 1500!! The 2014 edition contains more than 8000 fragrances, and the 2015 is set to have 1400 more!

Originally developed to help retailers to sell perfumes, and lessen confusion for consumers, the books are now known as the bibles of the industry. Perfume Legends now fetches $700 on ebay!! He cites the wine industry as being years ahead in its universal classifications, descriptions and understanding. The perfume industry still has a long way to go to quash the confusion and overwhelm felt when buying/selling/choosing and talking about fragrance.

“The right fragrance is almost as hard to find as the right man” (Allure magazine) His life’s work, certainly makes it easier for us all to find that ‘needle in a haystack’ personal fragrance.

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Tips from Michael (and me) on how we can use his books:

For collectors, perfume lovers, retailers and consultants helping others to find there perfect scent(s), (aka APJ peeps!!) the books are invaluable.

  • Michael recommends highlighting in the book, all the fragrances in our collections – we will start to see patterns forming in certain fragrance groups/subfamilies e.g. for me, ‘woody oriental’ and also ‘green’. This helps us to discover similar others we may also like. As an experiment, ask friends their 3-4 favorite fragrances and look them up in the back of the book – chances are 2 will fall in the same group, sometimes even subfamily too – flip to this category in the front, and then you will easily be able to recommend other fragrances they will love from there.
  • My tip for perfume storage and study: Using the 2014 edition, I have now organized my perfume collection into family groups, (instead of by brand) using the book’s categories. Now I can study their similarities and differences, training my nose along the way, and stretching myself to expand what I wear from my wardrobe – hours of fun!

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This week we will have 1 Winner who receive:

1 x Michael Edwards Fragrances Of The World 2014 ($195 Retail!!)
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ


Tell us how do you recommend fragrances to others? Are you pinpointing their need and loves, or only recommending your favorites?

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Entries Close Thursday 28th August 2014 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winner will be chosen by random.org
The winner will have till Monday 1st September 2014 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.



77 comments on “Michael Edwards / Fragrance of the World book

  1. Patty Pong says:

    I would read this book for the rest of my life should I win it 🙂 I mainly recommend my favorites, it wouldn’t feel right suggesting things I don’t care for. I follow by e-mail.

  2. Bianca Rogoveanu says:

    If we have similar tastes, yes, i do recommend my favorites !
    Thanks for the chance, the prize is AH-MAZING !
    Follow via email, as always !

  3. Nancysg says:

    Asking what they wear and finding out what notes are prominent in that scent will lead me to other possibilities. I recently gave a friend a batch of orange blossom scents based on her current use. I follow by email.

  4. edith says:

    recently i had to lend a perfume to a friend, mixed a shortlist from her 3 favorites’ ingredients, from my own shelf ! it was a fun project.

  5. Jackie b says:

    This book sounds like a great resource and tool for organising my scented life.
    I recommend perfumes only for people I know well, based on their own taste. I am getting better at this and it is fun.
    Follow by email.

  6. edith says:

    ps. email & fb

  7. Amanda Gorton says:

    Following on bloglovin and twitter

    I generally recommend fragrance I am familiar with, certain scents can be instantly matched to a persons charisma, which is also a basis for my suggestion.
    I am a perfume addict, I have more fragrances than fingers and toes and recommend them whenever I can.

  8. Vivien Egge says:

    I follow by email. I tend to recommend perfumes I like, because my olfactory memory of anything out of this category is limited. As I’m always open to learning more about perfume and hopeful of discovering ‘the one” (no, not you Dolce & Gabbana) I would imagine the book is an aid in this quest…

  9. MariaA says:

    Oh my amazing gift, I want one of those books! Every year they get better and better! He is truly amazing and indeed he is the Attenborough of the perfume world! When I suggest a perfume to friends I ask them a couple of questions about likes and dislikes and if they have perfumes they like already , then I make educated guesses based on notes I detect they like as well as perfumers, it seems to work like a charm! I follow via email & facebook

  10. Esperanza says:

    I follow on FB, bloglovin and Twitter. To recommend perfumes I ask for favorite perfumes and according to their favorite I recommend a new one.

  11. Ferris says:

    Usually I take note of what they like, floral, woody, spicy before I recommend anything. Then I narrow the field to certain fragrances that contain those particular notes. Even still, it’s hit or miss as to whether they will like it or not. For example if someone’s said they liked jasmine and sandalwood; I would recommend Guerlain’s Samsara edp, Serge Luten’s A La Nuit, and Jean Patou’s Joy edt. All of which have massive doses of jasmine.

    I follow APJ by email. Thanks for the draw Portia!
    Ferris recently posted…Encre Noire Pour Homme Fragrance Review: Dark & LovelyMy Profile

  12. Dana says:

    I just found out about this and instantly started following you by email! What a generous giveaway! I’m an independent perfumer, I actually met Mr. Edwards this past May and everything you say about him is true! I’d love the book to see if my perfumes finally made it into the directory!

    As for helping find fragrances for others, it’s all about talking to them, seeing what they like, what they don’t like. That could be anything, whether it’s perfumes or scents in everyday life, such as spices in your kitchen. You can also tell a lot about what a person could prefer simply by their lifestyle. Always give them a surprise option, one that doesn’t usually go with everything, sometimes, that’s the way the end up going! I have personal favourites, but I also have multiple and everyone is different. Listening to a person’s need is key.

    Thank you!

  13. Mik says:

    I used to follow by e-mail. But now, I prefer Facebook. Sometimes people ask me for recommandations. Like What should I wear if I like the scent of oranges or mimosa? I answer with names of houses of perfumes I like or have been reading about. I gess that if i win Fragrances Of The World, I’ll give more and even better recommandations to my friends and family 😉
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Caroline says:

    I follow by email, and I’m already a huge Michael Edwards fan–his books are so well thought-out and perfectly organized for us fragonerds. I don’t recommend what I like, but rather ask what kind of scents people have liked previously and advise accordingly. I’ve found I can stray a bit out of my preferred categories, but not usually very far!

  15. Jake says:

    I follow by e-mail. I sell Tom Ford here in Canada and a lot of times people are unfamilia

  16. Jake says:

    I follow by e-mail. I sell Tom Ford here in Canada and a lot of times people are unfamiliar with this line. I ask them what other perfumes by any house they like and make recommendations based on that, or if they have a preference to certain notes or styles. I also sell other non TF fragrances and I use the same method, which seems to work well.

  17. V says:

    I love to recommend fragrances to friends based on what notes they like. If they are newbies, I will let them sniff a few of my favorites, and then take mental notes on which ones they gravitate toward. It gives me so much pleasure to introduce people to the fragrance world!

    I would love and treasure this book so much, and I am thankful for the opportunity to enter this contest. I follow this blog by email. Thank you!

  18. julesinrose says:

    Wow! I have never even seen this book. How I’d love to peruse it, never mind own a copy! If someone wants a fragrance recommendation, I ask about their own tastes with a question such as, “What scents in nature and cooking do you like?” Of course, I also ask them what perfumes or other scented products they already do like.

    I follow the APJ with email and I’m in the US. Fabulous giveaway. Thanks!

  19. Tena says:

    What a generous prize for an APJ follower.
    I follow eagerly via email, and I always recommend scents I have tried, but not just the ones I like. You just cannot believe the hype or notes published about a scent any longer, and I want to make sure that I am being honest with people about what the scent smells like to me at least. I also pass out samples like I those little vials were going to be outlawed tomorrow.
    The highlighter idea is genius – what a great way to increase the potential for the next perfect scent.

    Thanks to all for such a fantastic draw !!!

  20. OMG this giveaway is fabulous beyond belief! Michael Edwards is truly a legend.

    I recommend fragrances to others primarily by first finding out what they think they might like, then passing them samples from that fragrance group to try. But I also like challenging them to explore beyond their current tastes, because tastes are malleable and change with time.

    Thanks for the draw! I follow via email and WordPress.
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  21. Scar says:

    Hello APJ, really excited for this giveaway! I follow by email.
    When I try to help someone find a perfume they like, I start by asking what notes they do and do not enjoy. I then give them a few samples from my own collection that fit those notes and go from there. This part is surprising because often people find they prefer notes they never expected to like! I believe that, like food, a negative perfume experience can leave a bad impression that takes a while to shift.
    Once we’ve figured out what scents work best, I’ll help them find something that suits them even more. Or in some cases a friend will fall in love with something I have and I’ll make up a decant or show them where to find a FB. I love introducing people to perfume – when I hear they’ve bought a full bottle of something they love I’m very happy to have been a part of it. 🙂 It’s actually a bit of a joke in my sharehouse that all guests get subjected to a ‘perfume fitting’!

  22. Odiferess says:

    Wow! That’s a hell of a giveaway..

    I recommend scent in several ways. Sometimes I’ll use the notes or atmosphere from a favourite a person already owns, but maybe take it a stage further with something adventurous. For instance, my mum loves patchouli (child of the 60s) so I got her into Jovoy’s Psychedelique.
    Sometimes I’ll just consider their personality or a specific thing they want it for and recommend something something random. A decant of Penhaligon’s Cornubia went to a buxom gregarious friend that was beginning to date again after a split. It made her feel sensuous and confident and reminded her of her eighties youth, a time when she dated with abandon!

    I ‘follow by email’.
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  23. Erica Golding says:

    What a magnificent giveaway! I would absolutely devour this Scent-cyclopedia if I was lucky enough to be graced with this unbelievable gift!! APJ is the Best! 🙂 I follow via e-mail. xo

  24. Julie F says:

    I follow by email. I usually start by asking what perfumes they like & what notes they are drawn to, then suggesting something in a similar style that features that note more prominently. Thanks for the draw.

  25. Janice says:

    What a generous giveaway! I had a chance to look through an edition of Fragrances of the World from several years ago and it really is fascinating to see which categories most of your favorite perfumes fit into.
    I usually recommend perfumes by asking which note or notes people like, and then suggesting a few I have tried–and if I have full bottles or samples, letting them experiment with them.
    I follow by email.

  26. Margaret says:

    I follow through email via wordpress and always tend to recommend perfumes through pages I use on FB certain people seem to attract certain suggestions 🙂

  27. crystal says:

    I follow via email.
    I typically recommend fragrances based on peoples personal tastes such as what their favorite or least favorite notes are and what they are going for at the moment- for instance season or concept etc but always note what my own faves are as well and of course let them check out my collection.

  28. Robert Herrmann. says:

    Thank you for the great emails, I love reading every single one!

    When friends ask for recommendations, I always ask what Season, flower, color, and food they like best…do they like the beach, forest, desert etc… And then take into consideration what I know about them personally. I can be USUALLY spot on.

  29. Nyree says:

    I would ask them what kind of scents they love and/or what they would like to smell of and/or what kind of feeling they want to conjure up…then I take it from there with what I know in the way of fragrances..
    Awesome book!! I would sit down with this for…oh…éver!!
    I follow through email, btw. 🙂
    *crosses fingers*

  30. Cynthia Mc says:

    Thank you so much for the generous giveaway! I follow via email.
    I don’t often recommend fragrances, being such a neophyte to the perfume world myself. But sometimes in such a conversation, I find that one of my past loves (perfume-wise) seems to sound like something they may enjoy and I will suggest it to them then. I learned from my mother (the world’s best gift giver) to always try to find something that the recipient will love, which may not always be my taste. As many have said, listening to their preferences is key.

  31. Patrick McGann says:

    I often recommend fragrances I love. I also search Fragrantica to find fragrances with similar notes to ones that my friends already enjoy. I follow via email.

  32. Tracy says:

    I follow by FB. I recommend based on what they love first, then what I love. 😉

  33. I follow by email.

    I ask them to think of their favourite place then describe the smell of their favourite place. Works everytime!

  34. Marion Low says:

    Amazing prize! Please include me, I visit by e-mail and Facebook and your blog. I usually would research on line if a friend wanted a specific type of fragrance. I love that Michael’s book does this for you. With so many new perfumes every year, it’s a task to keep up. Thanks for the chance.

  35. ElizabethC says:

    Hi! I follow by e-mail. I recommend by the individuals interests and then by what I think are wonderful in that area. I am now putting aside samples of perfumes that smell like booze for a bartender friend. I am also putting together samples for a friends teenage daughter who is new to perfume. I focused mainly on citrus scents (her father seems less allergic to that style), but can’t help from throwing in some of my favorites (such as Coromandel), with apologies to her fathers sinuses!

  36. JMR says:

    My approach when recommending fragrances varies. If a person is into fragrances more than your average bear, I ask them what they like and recommend accordingly. If it’s a casual fragrance user, I recommend something that would have a broader appeal that I feel might fit their personality.

    I follow by email. Thanks for the draw.

  37. I follow by email (Worldpress) I have 2001, 2002 and 2003’s Fragrance of the Worlds books, although, I did not get into perfume until about four years ago. I would Love an updated copy!! I usually recommend through Fragrantica or FFF (Facebook Fragrance Friends). If someone inquires on a fragrance I have, I love to give my input, and vice versa if someone has one that they have posted on, I love to hear their feedback.
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  38. Lindaloo says:

    Awesome giveaway. I have great fun playing with Michael Edwards’ Fragrance Finder tool on Libertine Parfumerie’s website and looking up his categorizations on the Fragrance Foundation site. It would be fabulous to own the book, especially as a tool for further exploration and to help recommend to friends

    I follow by email.

    If asked I will try to recommend. First I ask what the person has worn before and whether they looking for something similar or very different. I also ask what they have tested recently or smelled on others. While my favourites might intersect with what they are looking for, I never assume that. For example, I was with a friend recently when we smelled someone wafting a strong “fruitchouli” which I’m not a fan of. But said friend swooned so I gave her a short list of easily accessible ones try.

    Thankyou APJ and Michael Edwards for this generous opportunity.

  39. Lyubov says:

    Hallo, and thank you for the fabulous draw! I really want to win this book.
    I follow by email, and on the FB page.
    When I am asked to recommend a fragrance (I usually don’t do this of my own accord), I always inquire the person about their preferred real life scents – flowers, earth, woods, rain, whatever; whether they wish to smell more natural, sophisticated, sexy, or formal, that sort of things. I have favorites, of course, but lots of people do not care about niche frags, or they insist on getting something expensive, but known to the common consumer.
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  40. Teri says:

    Follow by internet. Recommendations by reviews of perfumes and my leaning towards all amber scents. I think that everyone should wear amber… 🙂

  41. Melita says:

    I follow by email. Usually I only recommend my favourites to others, but by golly if I had the 2014 version of this book I’d be using it to recommend new fragrances to my pals. What an amazing giveaway!

  42. Tonia says:

    Hi Portia, what an amazing prize. I would start by notes then suggest go with the one that puts the biggest smile on their face! I follow by Facebook, email, twitter. X

  43. Scentella says:

    I follow via RSS and on Twitter. I try to fit the person’s taste, mostly because my favourites are usually disliked.

  44. Rene Groyer says:

    I follow by e mail and recommend the fragrances I like which usually are fresh,clean and citrus types of scents,but I guess I am a fresh breezy kind of girl.

  45. Elia says:

    I recommend based on established likes. I find most of the time that people have no clue what they truly like though 😛 So it’s probably safe to take some license and throw in some wildcards.
    I follow by email, ty

  46. Joseph says:

    I follow via email. I usually recommend by starting with my favorite/most familiar perfume houses (Histoires de Parfums, Nasomato, CDG, etc…) and go from there… based on their reactions and personal preferences. It is always a two-way conversation!

  47. Erica Y says:

    I follow via email. This is super exciting!
    I generally wait to be asked to recommend. Then I ask what sort of foods people like, what settings they want to have scent for (work? home? going out? etc.), whether they smoke, how they want perfume to ‘feel’ (romantic, bright, clean, mysterious), and whether they have any other fragrances they love that aren’t perfume (cut grass? marshmallows? hot tar? sun on skin? etc.) Generally I can get an idea from these.

  48. Hi Portia!

    When I recommend perfume, mostly I do Q&A starting with what they like most (fresh, light, heavy, sweet, …), then I ask him what occasions would he wear the perfume (work, special occasion, nights, …) and then I proceed to some recommendations from the perfumes I know from designers to niche (if they are available). If he doesn’t know with what to start, I ask him/her what perfume he likes the most on friends for example. If he knows the name, that’s a good start, else I make him/her smell the known crowd-pleasing ones and I start from there.

    I follow by email 😉
    Thanks for this awesome giveaway.

  49. RuthF says:

    What an amazing giveaway!!! I’ve been wanting this book ever since I first heard about it. I recommend fragrances by looking at what they like then making up samples of what I have that I think falls into the same category. I follow by email. Thanks

  50. Jennifer B in SF says:

    A great giveaway – thank you so much! I am in the habit of having several sample vials in my purse ready to giveaway to any of my unsuspecting friends! I’ve converted quite a few that way! I follow by email. Thanks again!

  51. einsof says:

    i try to narrow it down by scent family… although i find most people do not have a scent vocabulary.

    so i work with perfumes i know and what they are describing. “an incense smell” can be anything from benzoin to oud- so one wants to have them lead you along.

    what an amazing giveaway!!

    i follow by email and reside in the usa.


  52. tomate farcie says:

    great giveaway! I follow through bloglovin.
    I recommend what I like in a “fragrance family” or price range the’re looking for.

  53. Undina says:

    I always recommend people perfumes based on what they like already but from the subset of perfumes that I tried and liked or know that other people I trust liked (for example, I don’t have favorite tuberose or peach since I hate the notes but I still might recommend Carnal Flowers or Péché Cardinal).

    I follow via e-mail.
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  54. Jaybee says:

    Ooh, perfumes are such a personal thing it’s hard to rec – like matchmaking! But if someone loves a perfume I’m wearing it’s a good start, whether it’s a classic or a niche. That book would certainly help. 😀 Follow by email.

  55. Bec says:

    I follow via email.

    I often recommend my favourites but I do ask what the person likes/dislikes and what they are looking for in the perfume. And I would definitely recommend a perfume I don’t personally wear if I think it suits them.

    If it is a friend or family member I get them to have a sniff through my perfume collection and tell me what stands out to them – if they like something or if something is too sweet, too spicy etc. to get an idea. Several times my friends have a found a true love just from smelling through my collection! Recently a friend was checking out my collection just for fun and fell in love with L’Heure Bleue and bought a bottle the next day!

  56. Michael Edwards is a genius. I’m dying to go to one of his workshops. Next year hopefully.

    I think your perfume choice tends to suit your personality. Something lighter for the shy and introverted and something heavier and louder for the gregarious. I recommend perfume based on the Fragrance Finder on Michael Edwards Fragrances of the World website. Leave it to the experts I say. I don’t recommend my favourites because perfume is unique to each person.

    I follow APJ via email and as of today I follow on Facebook and twitter. What an amazing giveaway!

  57. Amarah says:

    Great read Ainslie! And what an awesome prize!!! I have been drooling over this book for some time now!

    When I recommend fragrances to someone, I usually ask these 3 questions:
    1. What is their favourite perfume
    2. What fragrances do they own
    3. What notes/groups do they like ( I often ask if they like citruses, florals, vanillas etc)

    From that I can get a rough idea on what types of scents they are into and it makes it easier for me to recommend them something to try. I don’t really just recommend one of my favourites unless they’re into that particular fragrance group or they like the notes 🙂

    Thanks guys xx

  58. flowergirlbee! says:

    i follow by email and i ask what perfumes they have really enjoyed in the past and then think of things that fit with that.

  59. David says:

    Fantastic read! 🙂

    I typically try to get a feel for what they like/own already. I ask about whether they will use it all year round or seasonally, and for what occasions. I then use my knowledge to compare that to other fragrances they might like. Once I found out what my friends’ significant other likes smelling on him and used that to help with my decision! Fragrantica can be useful to help compare different frags they might enjoy, but it still pales in comparison to Michael Edwards!
    At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter whether I am the biggest fan of the fragrance or not; as long as they are happy, I am happy 🙂

    I subscribe via email!


  60. Nemo says:

    I try to get an idea of the types of fragrances my friends like or dislike, and then go from there! I follow by email, thank you 🙂

  61. Roxanne says:

    Found you through Facebook Fragrance Friends and have signed up for your e-mails – sounds fantastic!

    I know what my friends like and make recommendations from those likes and loves. Of course, I always like to “recommend” my Mugler fragrances, I don’t force the issue, however, when they ask what I’m wearing, I gain a convert!

    Thank you

  62. Rebecca says:

    I follow via email.

    I recommend fragrances based on what they like, but may also suggest a few classics outside their comfort zone. Don’t know til you try! Yes, my name is Rebecca and I’m an enabler.

  63. Ines says:

    I’m a wordpress follower. 🙂

    How I recommend perfumes? Hmm, in different ways according to how I discussed perfumes with a certain person. Sometimes when someone says they love what I’m wearing, I’ll give them hints in that direction (and explain in detail what I’m wearing and why it would be great for them). 🙂 Sometimes I just do a general introduction with my perfumes loosely based on the little I got what the person generally loves. It’s hard getting much out of a non-perfumista regarding what notes and groups they like.
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  64. Allie says:

    I always talk about what I’m loving or wearing at that moment so my most recent discoveries tend to be the ones I recommend.

    I follow by email.

  65. Roslyn says:

    What an amazing giveaway this is! I follow by email and FB.

    If anyone directly asks, I usually mention the fragrances I know and love. It’s hard to recommend something I don’t know well, although if I can find out what kind of fragrance they like I can suggest something similar, even if I haven’t tried it myself. However, I rarely get asked about what I’m wearing or fragrance in general and there isn’t often a reason to bring it up!

  66. Karen E says:

    Hello! I follow this fabulous blog via email and Facebook. When I make a recommendation I ask what scents they like or something I really love and am wearing..

  67. leathermountain says:

    My dream giveaway! I happily follow APJ by email.

    When geographically possible, I drag people to my house to sniff a million samples from my stash and talk about what they’re smelling. Then I try to send them home with some samples or decants, and the rest is up to them (or they can come back for more).

    If it’s virtual recommending, then it tends to be part of an ongoing dialogue with a fellow perfume devotee, so then I’ll already know something about her interests and what she has already tried. That’s more a case of helping to fill in a blank in a person’s explorations, and it’s actually much easier to do successfully. I do love a good challenge!

    What I’d really like to do more of, with my high school students, and hopefully (fingers crossed!!!) with the help of this book, is examine what it means to categorize scent, explore different ideas about how to do that, discover different ways that the scents they enjoy can be described, and hence continue to develop the cognitive and linguistic skills associated with these real challenges that are also so inherently gratifying. Thank you for a chance at this tremendous resource!

    And I just tweeted:

  68. Damir says:

    This is such a great prize. Also many interesting things at M. Edwards’ site http://www.fragrancesoftheworld.com/. I follow via email, RSS, WordPress, twitter, FB.
    There are only a few friends who are, in some way, interested about perfumes I wear, some of them have bought the same perfumes I wear, why not. A friend of mine was interested in my particular perfume, he wanted to buy it. Finally, he visited a niche perfumery discovering the whole new world. Of course, he found totally different perfume for himself.
    The most important thing for me is to interest my friends in perfumes generally. In this way they will better understand my hobby.

  69. greennote2 says:

    I think I was completely diverted from study in the library years ago by a very early version of Michael Edwards’ book. It was a whole new world, it was great. For me, perfume is a fairly private interest that I tend to share only online, the friends with whom I have talked about my collection haven’t shown much interest, and that’s just fine. So I’m not going to push them, but I’d happily share if someone was interested. My experience has been that sometimes you like what you least expect to.

  70. For a perfume collector like me, this book is a dream. I follow by email. Greetings from Chile
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  71. Colette says:

    Awesome giveaway! I have Mr. Edwards’ website for the book bookmarked! I would so love the opportunity to own an actual hard copy. I follow the blog via email and also through updates in my well-read Facebook group. As for recommending scents, it truly depends. If someone just wants to know a few scents to try to dip their toe into the scent world,I have a few go-tos. Otherwise,I am a fan of learning a person’s personality and preferences and recommending from there. I feel that scent is truly a personal experience and while I cannot create scents myself, I can listen to someone’s spirit and help them find a scent that speaks not only TO them, but OF them.

  72. Laurels says:

    I follow with Bloglovin, and the few recommendations I’ve made have been tailored to the preferences of the individual.

    I’d also like to second (or possibly third) Michael Edwards’ Fragrance Finder: http://www.fragrance-editions.com/fatest/index2.asp?id=2139&type=F

    I’ve found a couple of beloved perfumes with it.

  73. NennaO says:

    I follow you via bloglovin 🙂 I usually recommend ones I love and sometimes, for my best friends, the ones I know they will fall in love with. Or ones they would never try without suggestion! 😀 It depends on people and scents. I have quite a nice perfumecollection and my friends are free to use them when ever they visit my place! 🙂

  74. […] ranges and show things still unavailable in Australian stores. We get to have some fun with the Michael Edwards Fragrance Wheel, sniff, laugh, mingle and shop. What better way to spend a Wednesday […]

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