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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781914495694

Price: £12.99

ON SALE: 9th May 2024

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs

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In order to pro­duce one kilogram of rose oil, one million flowers must be picked, by hand. This book is my homage to the harvesters of the world.

When it comes to nature, Dominique Roques is a unique authority. He has spent the last thirty years working closely with local communities across the globe to establish a sustainable supply of natural ingredients crucial to perfume making. From resin cultivated by traditional methods in El Salvador to rose oil distilleries in India as old as the Taj Mahal, his network reveals an elusive trade built on the fault lines of tradition and modernity.

With In Search of Perfumes, Roques takes us on a fragrant journey from Andalusia to Somaliland, revealing seventeen of the industry’s most precious ingredients and the vast but delicate ecosystem sustained by the artisans who are its caretakers.

Roques shows us the beauty and mysteries of a familiar trade. This is a return to the source of the world’s scents.

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Reviews

[An] immersive debut... with detailed accounts of his trips and vivid descriptions of the scents ... [Roques'] rich travelogue will transport readers
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
A joy ... I would recommend it to everyone who wants an insight into perfumery and its ingredients
Marianne Martin, President of the British Society of Perfumers
A fresh and informative book of warmth and intelligence
Libération
Dominique Roques' passionate account of his journey in search of the world's unique and sometimes ancient scents inspires us to join him
NRC Handelsblad