It’s difficult to think of a topic more girlie than perfume. For those of you embracing your femininity, Perfumes: The Guide, by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, may be just the balm you need.

An all-encompassing tome that covers all manner of fragrance-related topics, the book provides interesting and unusual information and trivia for the reader. For those who like the idea of wearing perfume, but feel intimidated by the enormous selection or the idea of marrying yourself to one scent, Turin and Sanchez offer ample suggestions and tips.

One of the best chapters addresses the role scent plays in sexual attraction. The writers pose the question: “What scent drives men wild?”

To find this out and many other intriguing facts, you’ll have to read Perfumes. It will make you rethink the way you smell.

Grade: A

Perfumes: The Guide is currently available.