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6 Exciting Books to Pair With Your Favorite Book Fragrance

07.28.2022
6 Exciting Books to Pair With Your Favorite Book Fragrance
There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book. This feeling is the embodiment of the Book Scent Space, and it's even better when the scent and sentiment are paired.

Below, explore 6 book recommendations from the Commodity team. Handpicked from a variety of genres—and paired with the perfect version of Book—so that you can spritz and lose yourself in the perfect story…

Book Lovers 
by Emily Henry
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Pair with: Book Expressive
Why you won’t put it down: A cutthroat literary agent agrees to go away for the month of August with her younger sister. While there, she begrudgingly keeps running into her rival, an editor from back in the city. When the two are thrown together again and again, what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.

Book Lovers gets another callout, as the male and female main characters both wear our Book Expressive fragrance:

“A realization clangs through me, chaotic and emphatic as church bells: the reason his smell is so familiar. It’s the same subtle gender-neutral cologne I wear. A cedarwood and amber blend called Book, meant to summon images of sunbathed shelves and worn pages.” - 'Book Lovers'


The Invisible Library
By Genevieve Cogman
Genre: Fantasy
Pair with: Book+ Bold
Why you won’t put it down: The protagonist is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from different realities. Most recently, she and her assistant have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it’s already been stolen.
 
London’s underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested. To make matters worse, her assistant is hiding something—secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself.


Circe
by Madeline Miller
Genre: Fantasy
Pair with: Book- Personal

Why you won’t put it down: Circe is the daughter of Helios, God of the Sun and mightiest of the Titans. But she’s a strange child—not powerful like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Largely shunned, she turns to the mortal world for companionship and there discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft.

She’s banished out of fear to a deserted island, where she hones her craft and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.


The House Across the Lake
By Riley Sager
Genre: Thriller
Pair with: Book Expressive
Why you won’t put it down: A recently widowed actress retreats to her family’s lake house in Vermont. Armed with a pair of binoculars, she passes the time watching the glamorous couple living in the house across the lake.

She befriends the woman across the lake, but the more they get to know each other—and the longer she continues to watch the couple—the more it becomes clear that their marriage isn’t as perfect as it appears. The wife suddenly vanishes, but what she doesn’t realize is that there’s more to the story than meets the eye.


Beach Read
By Emily Henry
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Pair with: Book- Personal
Why you won’t put it down: He’s an acclaimed author of literary fiction. She writes bestselling romance. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: he’ll spend the summer writing something happy, and she’ll pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.

Beach Read gets another callout, as the female protagonist calls out our entire collection:

“Jacques had smelled like high-end cologne by Commodity.” - Beach Read


The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
Genre: Classic
Pair with: Book+ Bold
Why you won’t put it down: A young man sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. He remains forever unchanged—petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral—while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years.

Oscar Wilde scandalized readers with this, his only novel. Upon publication,
Dorian was condemned as dangerous, poisonous, stupid, vulgar and immoral.

The novel, in fact, was used against Wilde at his much-publicized trials for “gross indecency,” which led to his imprisonment and exile. Even so, it endures as a classic that is as timeless as its hero.


Book Lovers, The Invisible Library, The House Across the Lake, Beach Read images via Penguin Random House.
Circe image via Little, Brown and Company.
The Picture of Dorian Gray image via Barnes & Noble Classics.

4 comments

  • We’re so glad to hear! Hope you enjoyed the pairing and end of summer, Shannon!

    Commodity Fragrances
  • Not gonna lie, this fully convinced me to start “The House Across the Lake.” Gonna pair with Book Expressive this weekend and hold on to the last bit of summer.

    Shannon
  • Lisa,

    We will be adding this pairing to our office reading – and spritzing – list. Thanks for sharing!

    Commodity Fragrances
  • I like this game! I would like to recommend The Girl in His Shadow by Audrey Blake, to be paired with Book Bold, layered with Nectar.

    Lisa McHenry Bendel

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