Library of Fragrance is like a little perfume department store. There are fragrances for every occasion and mood you can think of. Last week, there was Daffodil which was perfect for St David’s Day. On Bonfire Night there was Fireplace, at Christmas there was Snow, and as Summer became Autumn, there was Rain.
Today is World Book Day and what else could I review today but Library of Fragrance Paperback? A scent with both Library and Paperback in the title was too irresistible for words.
To my nose, and this blog is only ever subjective, Paperback opens with coconut soap, which is more Waterstones than Hay on Wye. It reminded me of that clean smell of a freshly minted book as you carry it out of the shop and get excited about taking it home. is it just me that sniffs inside the bag?
The top notes blend into the middle notes seamlessly, and this is kind of an exception with Library of Fragrance scents as I often find many of them to be soliflores: that is to say one single unchanging note, as opposed to a big multi-act symphony. This is by no means a criticism; it’s actually the Library of Fragrance selling point and I for one like being trusted with single note fragrances that I can blend myself or wear alone.
Paperback segues into something a little different when it’s been on my skin awhile- it dries to the scent of a faded page of paper- almost the sweetness of benign decay. Have you ever smelled a yellowing page in a 1960s Penguin Classic? Well Paperback is not 100% there, but it’s pretty darned close and it’s so clever how it transforms from smelling like a new book to an old one. On my arm I have faint coconut, faint almond, a faint biscuit-y smell and a whiff of vodka. I’m not sure this will be everyone’s cup of tea, but bibliophiles and fragheads could unite and agree on this one. I like it very much. It’s unusual, understated and unisex.
When you get in the car to go to the Hay on Wye Book Festival, or the Cheltenham Literature Festival, there is only one smell to smell of and that’s Library of Fragrance Paperback. Wear this and pull an intellectual!