Drugstore Guide - Best Scents

Drugstore Guide - Best Scents

The Best Scents on the Shelves - by Tania Sanchez

Excerpts from a fragrance editorial, The Ultimate Drugstore Guide, in Lucky Magazine, December 2011 issue.

She's reviewed everything from Frederic Malle's Lipstick Rose to Chanel's 31 Rue Cambon (on the high end), but perfume reviewer Tania Sanchez (coauthor of the new book The Little Book of Perfumes: The Hundred Classics, $18 amazon.com), has surprisingly democratic tastes. Here are her favorite drugstore perfumes.

Beyonce Heat perfume

Beyonce Heat
"I was so impressed! Most celebrity scents are candy-sweet. This one's also a daring woody oriental that actually smells like hot wood inside a sauna."
Oriental, released 2010: $44


4711 Eau de Cologne

4711 The Wonder Water Cologne
"If you like citrus scents, you'll love this: It's full of orange, lemon and herbs, and it's so cheap, you can spray the curtains with it! I like to travel with mine."
Citrus, released 1792: $35


Lady Stetson perfume

Lady Stetson
"I was so impressed! Most celebrity scents are candy-sweet. This one's also a daring woody oriental that actually smells like hot wood inside a sauna."
Floral, released 1986: $22


Sand and Sable perfume

Sand & Sable
"I'd buy this on impulse for myself when picking up toothpaste: A white floral with peachy notes, it's cheerful, never cloying."
Floral, released 1983: $30


(Sanchez, Tania. "The Ultimate Drugstore Guide." Lucky Dec. 2011.)


The Little Book of Perfumes - by Tania Sanchez and Luca Turin

The quintessential guide to the one hundred most glorious perfumes in the world. When Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez published Perfumes: The Guide in 2008, it was hailed as ravishingly entertaining" by John Lanchester in The New Yorker, "witty and knowledgeable" on Style.com, and "provocative and hugely entertaining" by the Times Literary Supplement. The Little Book of Perfumes focuses on just one hundred masterpieces of perfume: ninety-six five-star perfumes from the original book, as well as four "museum" perfumes-legendary scents that are preserved in the Versailles Osmothèque. This stunningly produced petite volume offers lovers of perfume the best of the best-a perfect gift book for anyone looking either for a brilliant fragrance or an intelligent, witty read.

About the Authors:
A leading scholar in the field of olfactory science, Luca Turin received his PhD in biophysics from the University of London in 1978. He currently pursues research on quantum effects in biology. Tania Sanchez is an avid perfume collector, published writer, and blogger.





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