Do you know a bibliophile? I do. Me! There are few things I enjoy more than discovering a used book store, or strolling the library stacks. Books, especially those with an aged aroma and fine patina, hold a special place in my heart, sending a sense of comfort through my olfactory nerves.
If you have a book lover on your gift list and are unsure of what he or she may like, try a bookish scent!
“There is nothing like the smell of books, both new and old. If someone ever bottled the smell, I would be all over it.” ~ Tiffany King, Meant to Be
“A trip to your favorite library or used bookstore. Sweet and lovely with just a touch of the musty smell of aged paper, Demeter’s Paperback harnesses that scent with a sprinkling of violets and a dash of tasteful potpourri.”
“People who read poetry, for example, like the feel, the heft and the smell of a book” ~ Simon Armitage
In The Library
“To many of course, these various bookish odors mean nothing. But to an avid reader and collector like myself, these smells are as magical as the bouquet of a great wine is to a connoisseur – a sort of literary terroir. These scents mean Excitement, Adventure, Discovery, Enlightenment and Knowledge. Of course my deep love of reading is exactly what lead me in the first place to begin capturing the scent of books and of the libraries where they live. That’s what this perfume is all about.”
“The odor of an old book is the odor of history, and for me, the look of a new one is still the look of the future.” Stephen King
“Olivia Giacobetti is here at her imaginative, humorous best, and Dzing! is a masterpiece. Dzing! smells of paper, and you can spend a good while trying to figure out whether it is packing cardboard, kraft wrapping paper, envelopes while you lick the glue, old books, or something else. I have no idea whether this was the objective, but I have few clues as to why it happened. Lignin, the stuff that prevents all trees from adopting the weeping habit, is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin. When made into paper and stored for years, it breaks down and smells good. Which is how divine providence has arranged for secondhand bookstores to smell like good-quality vanilla absolute, subliminally stoking a hunger for knowledge in all of us.”
“There are two perfumes to a book. If a book is new, it smells great. If a book is old, it smells even better. It smells like ancient Egypt. A book has got to smell.” ~ Ray Bradbury
Edgar Allan Poe Library Fragrance Diffuser
“Cardamom, Absinthe & Sandalwood fragrance notes”
The Poe Library scent is also available as a candle. And, if Poe is not your scent, this company has also captured Twain, Dickens, Austin, Tolstoy and more.