What would your favourite book smell like?

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What if you had to describe your favourite story, novel, poem or a collection in a few sentences and create a fragrance? Will the poetry of Emily Dickinson smell like violets, tea roses and black tea? Does Dandelion Wine smell like ripe apples, fresh magnolia and green heady cognac?

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„Narcissus and Goldmund“ by Herman Hesse brings harmony of duality, unites the best of sacral and mortal. Diving into the world of Hesse I feel dizzy with spiritual surroundings harnessing me with the grounding notes of incense, labandum and oakmoss spreading through the humid halls of the monastery. I feel the candle wax melting, but only a flicker, through the playful flame. Out there, though, there is an abundance of earthy delights, smelling of freedom, freshly cut grass, light breeze picking up gentle petals of blooming life. Spring full of promises, of youth, of light and recklessness, breathing the scent of green, sprinkled with sunbeams. The two entities clash and entwine, yearning for one another, lifting and grounding each other in whirlwind of emotions that sweep up to heights in accord with „The blessed spirits“…


My favorite book {Breakfast at Tiffany's and other short stories by Truman Capote - or really, anything by Truman Capote} would smell at first spicy, slightly earthy, maybe even a little smoky. The primary characters {and many secondary characters, for that matter} are living a quintessential hard knock New Yorker lifestyle, complete with all-nighters and existential crises - no scents epitomise this better than the smoky atmosphere of urban nightlife and the inner, unsettled spice one feels when searching for a place in the world. The scent would gradually fall away into a more gentle yet rich floral. The spice & smoke would still be present, but would be enriched by a tender underbelly in the same way that we see the characters rough edges peel away into a more delicate and human reality. Imperfect, rugged, even a little offputting at first, until it reveals a softness underneath - much like the novel itself.


My favourite book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. This book is dark and wild, and I always think of bitter orange and bergamot, of black tea and the lightest, faintest hint of musk and amber. The romance of the book is dark and mysterious, as is the hero and he offers the hint of sweet temptation (amber) and physical power (musk). Jane herself has a backbone of steel and is an educated, intelligent woman. The black tea represents her intellect, but her wild strength comes out in the bitter orange and heady bergamot. Like the book, this perfume is not for everyone but is unique and piercing.


My favourite book is Herman Melville's ' Moby Dick'. The aroma of that book is ozonic, with the taste of salt on the lips and the waft of Tiare flowers and Tahitian vanilla on the breeze from the southern oceans.


Over the summer after getting my undergraduate degree, I was lost on what I wanted to. During this time, I read the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The book was filled with motivational quotes:

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”

“It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

These quotes inspired me to not be scared of achieving what I wanted to do and encouraged me to take risks.

As the protagonist travels through the desert in the book, I imagine the smell of dusty sand, leather, sage, smoke and cacti. Despite the desert having very little rain, I imagine there to be the slight smell of rain as miracles do happen  

Thank you for taking the time to read my submission. If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it!

Kamila AubreComment