Alyssa Harad Coming to My Senses : Perfume Book


You may know Alyssa Harad from her contributions to Perfume-Smellin’ Things and Now Smell This. This summer Alyssa is releasing her perfume memoir titled Coming to My Senses: A Story of Perfume, Pleasure and An Unlikely Bride. Alyssa’s book tells how she fell in love with perfume through reading blogs and how her passion led her on an exciting journey. You can read her last essay for NST here. Meanwhile, I wish Alyssa luck as she continues her fragrant journey and look forward to her own blog going live on

At thirty-six—earnest, bookish, terminally shopping averse—Alyssa Harad thinks she knows herself. Then one day she stumbles on a perfume review blog and, surprised by her seduction by such a girly extravagance, she reads in secret. But one trip to the mall and several dozen perfume samples later, she is happily obsessed with the seductive underworld of scent and the brilliant, quirky people she meets there. If only she could put off planning her wedding a little longer.

Thus begins a life-changing journey that takes Harad from a private perfume laboratory in Austin, Texas, to the glamorous fragrance showrooms of New York City and a homecoming in Boise, Idaho, with the women who watched her grow up. With warmth and humor, Harad traces the way her unexpected passion helps her open new frontiers and reclaim traditions she had rejected. Full of lush description, this intimate memoir celebrates the many ways there are to come to our senses.

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  • Vanessa: I am very much looking forward to reading this! Will check out Amazon… March 30, 2012 at 8:04am Reply

  • Jan Moran: Alyssa writes with wit, passion, passion and elegance on her deep love of perfume. Hers is a fascinating journey into the landscape of the senses, written with honesty and warmth. I’m reserving a copy on Amazon now! March 30, 2012 at 9:57am Reply

  • Victoria: I’m glad that there are lots of interesting perfume themed books coming out this year. And of course, next year, The Perfume Lover will come to the US. Maybe, Jean-Claude Ellena’s The Diary of a Perfumer will be released here next year as well. March 30, 2012 at 10:29am Reply

  • Victoria: She is a lovely writer, and I could read her writing on any topic. March 30, 2012 at 10:30am Reply

  • rosarita: This is so exciting, I enjoy her writing very much. The story sounds really good, too! March 30, 2012 at 2:25pm Reply

  • Lynn Morgan: This sounds like a wonderful book- I can’t wait to read it. Best of luck to Alyssa Harad! March 30, 2012 at 4:52pm Reply

  • Victoria: As an unlikely bride myself, I can relate to the story. 🙂 March 30, 2012 at 8:14pm Reply

  • Victoria: I hope that you can check it out, Lynn. March 30, 2012 at 8:14pm Reply

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