8 literary perfumes for book lovers

perfume photo by Will Anderson

storied scents.

Nothing can compare to the feeling of holding a book in your hands and luxuriating in the unadulterated joy of reading from the printed page. Don't get us wrong, we love our tech, but there's just nothing else like being able to touch and smell a real book. But when you don't have any paperbacks handy, what better way to create that same sensation than to wear a literary perfume?

Taking inspiration from the actual scent of books, written prose, and the legacy of beloved authors, these eight fragrances will help you to feel like you always have a story within you. Add some intrigue with a scent inspired by Edgar Allan Poe or opt for something lighter yet substantial, like a perfume that evokes a flowery scene from A Room With a View. These are products that beauty and book lovers alike can all enjoy. Flip through the gallery to find the perfect fit to add to your perfume collection—or library.

Paper Passion

It comes as no huge surprise that Karl Lagerfeld would be involved in the creation of a book perfume. Paper Passion was developed by perfumer Geza Schoen to create the quiet, unassuming, vaguely woody scent of books. The bottle comes with writing by Lagerfeld and Günter Grass.

Gerhard Steidl & Geza SchoenPaper Passion, $15, available at