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Perfumery was already well established in France, and even philosophers at the time acknowledged the importance of our olfactory senses.

Figures it would be in France. There is even a scent ‘glossery’ in the back for those of us who aren’t familiar with some of the scents described in the book. Jean-Louis Fargeon is born into a family of perfumers and soon becomes apprenticed to his mqria modest perfumerie.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Fargeon’s impressions of Marie Antoinette are particularly compelling, in part because of their intimacy and his keen senses, but in part because he is a witness who, despite a vocation that depended almost entirely on an aristocratic clientele, believed ardently in the ideals of the Revolution.

This book is a great little addition to any 18th century library. 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.

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And all kidding aside, the book might have benefited from a judicious sprinkling of scratch ‘n’ antnoieta. Plants, flowers, and trees were Marie-Antoinette’s passion; she transformed the Petit Trianon’s gardens into an enchanted escape from the oppressive shackles of Versailles. Just putting it out there. Anecdotes regarding Marie Antoinette are par for the course and provide no real insight there.


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

Turning superficiality into a virtue really does seem to be a perfect approach for this subject. A Scented Palace is a wonderful window into the world of France during its most brutal and violent days. Descriptions of pro An admirable attempt to reframe the french revolution from the perspective of one specific and actual everyman, this one of the bourgeois artisanal class. The scent descriptions in the book are excellent, as well, and detailed enough to give the reader a good sense of the p A brief but informative look at one of the perfumers that Marie Antoinette highly favored.

Based on archival documents, this book includes descriptions of the cosmet That he wrote letters to his brother pertumista m Such an interesting book, especially the appendices at the back, listing Fargeon’s own notes about different scent-giving ingredients and the methods of capturing their scents.

About Elisabeth ,aria Feydeau. Still, her approach does make for a more readable book i guess. He produced elixirs and perfumes and scented oils for her bath and she called on him during times of distress and when she wanted to experiment with scents, she enjoyed luxury and being pampered.

Probably of most interest to readers who are interested in the science behind perfumery. All in all, a surprisingly slight book.

Yet he remained fiercely loyal to Marie Antoinette, beyond her desperate flight to Varennes, her execution and even through his own imprisonment and trial.


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. Refresh and try again.

El Perfumista de Maria Antonieta (Spanish, Paperback)

Fargeon, a lifelong supporter of the Republican cause but a purveyor to the court, was in a dangerous position.

If you read Fraser’s biography of Marie Antoinette this book will be a nice accompaniment. Her only fault was having been part of an antiquated system antonirta was at its end. Apr 11, B rated it liked it. 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.

It’s a fascinating read. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Aug 10, Anna Gibson rated it really liked it Shelves: However, the look at the beauty products of Versailles and in particular Marie Antoinette’s favorite beauty products karia well worth the easy read. To ask other readers questions about A Scented Palaceplease sign up. This is a period of history that I find fascinating.

I liked the appendices and notes pages. Tamara rated it liked it Oct 26,