Paper Passion Perfume – Now You Can Smell Like Books!


Booklovers, rejoice.  The allure of the printed page is not entirely dead after all!

Wallpaper magazine has collaborated with celebrated perfumier Geza Schoen and Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel to develop “Paper Passion” – a wearable fragrance inspired by the smell of books.

According to the Steidl website, the perfume was created for the Handmade exhibition in Milan, and retails for $115.

The bottle is nestled appropriately inside a book that features text by Karl Lagerfeld, Gunter Grass, Geza Shoen, and Tony Cambers (according the Steidle page). 

Regarding the presentation, Schoen says, “You have a book, you open it, there’s a bottle inside, and it smells of a book.  It might be quirky, but the idea has a simplicity, a linearity.”

Lagerfeld’s interest in the scent stems from his belief that “the smell of a freshly printed book is the best smell in the world.”

Take that eReaders!



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