If you want to get an idea of how the perfumery industry operates, the British Society of Perfumers has published a gorgeous book that is quite unique. Nowhere else will you be able to read about the creators, the ingredient suppliers, and top fragrance brands small and large, in one beautifully produced book brought alive with masses of photos and personal stories from key players.
We are reminded of the companies and individuals who have shaped the British fragrance industry over the last half-century: names like Yardley, Floris and Penhaligon’s are highlighted for the heritage they bring, with their origins that can be traced back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Did you know that there are 4 major international perfume manufacturers in the UK (IFF, Givaudan, Firmenich, and Symrise)? Then there are another dozen medium-sized companies catering to the medium-sized brands, including Phoenix Fragrances, who is my manufacturing partner.
Dipping into A Fragrant History you can begin to understand the chain of events that brings a beautiful bergamot oil from Indonesia into a global brand like Chanel, or even a niche brand like mine. I feel honoured to have space in the book (see p. 180-181) alongside icons of the industry like Chanel, to tell, not only about the blood, sweat and tears that went into launching my brand, but also about my exciting career in Holland, Japan, and France.
A snip at £45 from www.bsp.org.uk