Smell Like a Booklover: new perfume inspired by the scent of books

by Nicole Trilivas

Paper Passion Perfume: For Booklovers (USD $115.00) is a new fragrance inspired by scent of freshly printed books by Geza Schoen, Gerhard Steidl, and Wallpaper* magazine, with packaging by Karl Lagerfeld and Steidl . Ahhhhh! The bottle is packaged in a novel design (see what I did right there?).

Though freshly printed books are a favorite smell of mine, there is something about the scent of old books that is also evocative and unmistakable–though I wouldn’t say it should be bottled. The smell of these books are essentially the smell of the organic materials (vanillin, anisol and benzaldehyde) aging, or even slowly dying (so fatalistic!).