- 198 pages ; 24 cm.
- Contents: 1. Planet fragrance -- 2. How many of us are out there? -- 3. What's in the bottle? -- 4. What noses know -- 5. Behind the label -- 6. Who's testing fragrance? -- 7. In defence of fragrance -- 8. Beyond the lab -- 9. Aftershave with what? -- 10. The indestructibles -- 11. Unintended consequences -- 12. Sharing the air -- 13. The opposite of fragrance.Includes bibliographical references.Summary: Kate Grenville had always associated perfume with elegance and beauty. Then the headaches started. Like perhaps a quarter of the population, Grenville reacts badly to the artificial fragrances around us: other people?s perfumes, and all those scented cosmetics, cleaning products and air fresheners. On a book tour in 2015, dogged by ill health, she started wondering: what?s in fragrance? Who tests it for safety? What does it do to people? The more Grenville investigated, the more she felt this was a story that should be told.