Gifts for the Book Lover: A Novel Aroma

booksmellpollDo 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

perfumeinthelibraryIn 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

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.” – See more at:
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.” – See more at:


“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

candlepoeEdgar 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.

A book has got smell. A new book smells great. An old book smells even better. An old book smells like ancient Egypt.

Ray Bradbury


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7 Responses to Gifts for the Book Lover: A Novel Aroma

  1. I’ve yet to go over to the dark side of kindle. What would I put on my bookshelves instead. I agree with Armitage – the ‘heft’ of the particular book you are reading.

    • moore314 says:

      I too have yet to cross over! Apparently, Bradbury was not a fan of eBooks either: “Those aren’t books. You can’t hold a computer in your hand like you can a book. A computer does not smell.”

  2. Yuna says:

    Hi Moore,
    Wow, i just knew from this post there are even scents that bottled especially for a book lover or we can say a bibliophile like you. Cool!. if i l would like to buy a parfume, i’ll go for “In The Library” or “Dzing” :).

    Have a great day 😀 😀

    • moore314 says:

      Yuna! I am so happy to see you 🙂 I was getting worried with all that nasty weather in your part of the world. And I know how you like to travel.
      Glad your safe, my fellow bibliophile!

      • Yuna says:

        Hi Moore,
        What a very nice of you, it’s so nice to know that someone out there besides my family think about me, especially for a good thing.
        i’m fine, my family fine, and everything is fine with me, even though i’m in Southeast Asia region, that storm was miles apart from mine. i hope that part recover soon too :D.
        It has been a long time since my last post because i’m preparing for a new trip, i’m so exciting for the next adventure 😀

        Have a great day *it’s already morning in Indonesia*

        • moore314 says:

          Of course, I care! I’m so glad you are all well. I feel so terrible for those in the Philippines. New travel adventure? Can’t wait to here all about it!
          Good morning to you — Now, YOU have a great day 🙂

        • Yuna says:

          So do i about Philippines.
          Yess, Planing the trip already makes me exciting 😀

          -It’s already midnight there-
          So, Good night for you 😀

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