Even in times of economic hardship, perfume is an affordable luxury, recognized for its ability to make us not only smell good but also feel great. No woman’s dressing table or bathroom cabinet is complete without at least one bottle. Cult Perfumes is the first book to explore the most exclusive boutique perfumeries producing some of the world’s most captivating scents. Tessa Willlams documents more than 25 perfumeries and brands, ranging from the pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, established by Dominican fathers in 1221, and the classic English company Floris, founded in 1730, to the new eponymous range created by the famed fragrance expert Roja Dove. Williams goes behind the scenes at each perfumery to interview the perfumers and explore the evolution of the company, the ethos behind the brand, and its signature scents. With a concise illustrated introduction to the history of perfume-making and features on iconic perfumes, future cult classics, and the so-called 'noses’ who keep the brands attuned to today’s popular scents, Cult Perfumes will be as alluring to lovers and collectors of perfume as the fragrances it presents.
The Essence of Perfume is the first book by the world's only Professeur de Parfums, and is as captivating as it is informative. Beginning with a comprehensive discussion of the sense of smell and the materials of the master perfumer, The Essence of Perfume goes on to celebrate the great classics (from Guerlain's Shalimar and Vol de Nuit, to Chanel's No 5 and Nina Ricci's L'Air du Temps), the makers who brought them to life and the designers who gave them shape. In an age where the methods and motivations of the original perfumers are all but forgotten, Roja Dove unfolds the gripping story of scent with all the passion and devotion of a true artist.
To women the whole world over, perfume means glamour, and in the world of perfume, Jean-Claude Ellena is a superstar. In this one-of-a-kind book, the master himself takes you through the doors of his laboratory and explains the process of creating precious fragrances, revealing the key methods and recipes involved in this mysterious alchemy.Perfume is a cutthroat, secretive multibillion-dollar industry, and Ellena provides an insider’s tour, guiding us from initial inspiration through the mixing of essences and synthetic elements, to the deluxe packaging and marketing in elegant boutiques worldwide, and even the increasingly complicated safety standards that are set in motion for each bottle of perfume that is manufactured. He explains how the sense of smell works, using a palette of fragrant materials, and how he personally chooses and composes a perfume. He also reveals his unique way of creating a fragrance by playing with our olfactory memories in order to make the perfume seductive and desired by men and women the world over. Perfume illuminates the world of scent and manufactured desire by a perfumer who has had clients the likes of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, and Hermés.
Joy, Obsession, Scandal, Sin : a Cultural History of Fragrance from 1750 to the Present
Author: Richard Howard Stamelman
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
A pictorial account of the evolution of perfume throughout the past three centuries evaluates its significant cultural impact, in a volume that explores such topics as Napoleon's erotic fascination with perfume, the product's significance as a luxury industry in France, and the art movements that inspired the designs of perfume bottles.
The Intimate History of the World's Most Famous Perfume
Author: Tilar J. Mazzeo
Publisher: Harper Collins
With its rich golden hue, art deco–inspired bottle, and timeless, musky scent, Chanel No. 5 is the world’s bestselling perfume and arguably the most coveted luxury product of the twentieth century. In The Secret of Chanel No. 5, Tilar J. Mazzeo offers a fascinating account of No. 5’s creation, its rise to iconic status, and the legacy of its extraordinary success. Mazzeo delves deeply into the life of Coco Chanel, the brilliant, controversial, and steel-willed businesswoman at the heart of the fragrance. She walks the rose plantations and jasmine fields where the perfume’s life begins, and travels to 31 Rue Cambon, the center of the Chanel empire. A blend of evocative history and thoughtful research, here is a glittering account of where art and sensuality mingle with dazzling entrepreneurship and desire: Chanel No. 5.
A must-have for the best wedding inspiration and resources in Paris. America’s love affair with Paris spans generations. For many, Paris is the epitome of sophistication, good taste, style and romance. The Paris Wedding is a full-color, idea-packed, goto guide for globally minded trendsetters who are in love with the style and romance of Paris. Not just a resource of practical information for those planning a wedding IN Paris, but The Paris Wedding is also a stand-alone handbook full of stylish tips and glamorous photography to help add that Parisian je ne sais quoi to any celebration. Kimberley Petyt is the owner of Parisian Events, a wedding and event-planning agency catering to English-speakers in Paris. She writes the popular blog “Parisian Party: Tales of an American Wedding Planner in Paris” (parisianevents.com/parisianparty/). She was also a monthly columnist for the nationally distributed The French Paper, where she wrote for more than a year about living and working as an expat in Paris. Petyt and the business have been featured in print publications such as Real Simple Weddings, Get Married Magazine, Essence Magazine, Eco-Beautiful Weddings, Cosmopolitan China, and France Magazine. Most recently, she was featured in the New York Times Magazine “Summer 2011 Travel” issue, highlighting her skills as a cultural liaison for brides seeking to marry in Paris. Ms. Petyt lives in Paris.
An intimate exploration of inspiration and creativity, from the "parfumeur exclusif" of the house of Hermès. A scent has incantatory powers, capable of transporting you to your past, of kindling fantasies, of creating a vivid mise en scène—literally out of thin air. In the hands of the truly great, perfume creation is a kind of alchemy. Where does inspiration for this visceral art come from? How does one capture the essence of emotions, of desire? Jean-Claude Ellena has a sublime gift. As "parfumeur exclusif" (or "the nose") for Hermès, he elevates fragrance to an art form. A "writer of perfume," his concoctions are as finely composed and evocative as a haiku. He is also a conjurer of sorts: "I create an illusion that is actually stronger than reality . . . you enter the scent and follow the path." The Diary of a Nose is a collection of Ellena’s meditations on the world of scents, and what stirs his creation of some of the world’s most desired fragrances. Inspiration can come from anywhere—a market stall, a landscape, or even the movement of calligraphy. Though each smell has its own distinct character, a gifted perfumer creates olfactory experiences that are intensely personal and unique, that blossom on the body and leave a trace of us lingering after we have left a room. Seductive, delicate, and elegant as any of Ellena’s creations, The Diary of a Nose seeks to capture the most elusive facets of this rarefied and mysterious art.
Glamour Icons is a collection of the most iconic and spectacular perfume bottle designs of the last century. Written by designer Marc Rosen, the book offers an insight into the history of perfume bottles, their place in society and their inspirations. Th
This is the story of Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, launched in the year 2000. The book explores the art of perfumery and the stellar array of perfumers Malle has brought to his house during his first decade.
* Preface by the award-winning actor, director and fragrance creator, Richard E. Grant, presenter of 'Richard E. Grant's Hotel Secrets'.* Foreword by Albert Roux, KFO, OBE, legendary chef, hotelier, restaurateur, and founder of Le Gavroche.* 'The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life.' George Bernard Shaw.Have you ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors at the most luxurious hotels in the world? Hotels of the Stars invites you through the doors of the most exclusive accommodation on earth, while allowing you to indulge in a little scandal. Complete with magnificent photography, Tessa Williams explores the exclusive haunts of the stars, where literary and cultural history has been made. Find out where such cultural heavyweights as Steinbeck, Garbo and Dali hung out. Discover where modern-day icons like Brad Pitt and Naomi Campbell have rested their heads.
Mandy Aftel is widely acclaimed as a trailblazer in natural perfumery. Over two decades of sourcing the finest aromatic ingredients from all over the world and creating artisanal fragrances, she has been an evangelist for the transformative power of scent. In Fragrant, through five major players in the epic of aroma, she explores the profound connection between our sense of smell and the appetites that move us, give us pleasure, make us fully alive. She imparts the essentials of scent literacy and includes recipes for easy-to-make fragrances and edible and useful concotions.
'I've long wished perfumery to be taken seriously as an art, and for scent critics to be as fierce as opera critics, and for the wearers of certain "fragrances" to be hissed in public, while others are cheered. This year has brought Perfumes: The Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, which I breathed in, rather than read, in one delighted gulp.' Hilary Mantel, Guardian Perfumes: The Guide is the culmination of Turin's lifelong obsession and rare scientific flair and Sanchez's stylish and devoted blogging about every scent that she's ever loved and loathed. Together they make a fine and utterly persuasive argument for the unrecognised craft of perfume-making. Perfume writing has certainly never been this honest, compelling or downright entertaining.
Signature scents and now-lost masterpieces; the visionaries who conceived them; the wild and wonderful campaigns that launched them; the women and men who wore them—every perfume has a tale to tell. Join Lizzie Ostrom on an olfactory adventure as she explores the trends and crazes that have shaped the way we’ve spritzed. One hundred perfumes and scents in all their fragrant glory reveal a fascinating social history of the past century. From the belle epoque through the swinging sixties, to the naughty nineties and beyond, Ostrom brings intelligence and wit to this most ravishing of subjects. There was the patriotic impact of English Lavender during World War I and perfumes that captured the Egyptomania of the 1920's. Estee Lauder created "Youth Dew" and with it, distilled the essence of 1950's suburbia. Patchouli Oil—the "anti-perfume" of the 1960s—was sure to keep money out of the hands of corporations and "the man." And who could forget the fervor created by the grunge androgyny of CK One? Scent is truly the passport to memory, making Perfume both a lush treat and an insightful examination of the twentieth century through the most mysterious of the five sense.
With the cachet knowledge every aficionado must possess, plus authentic insights into the lives and skills of the experts within the industry, Le Snob: Perfume offers impeccable advice on all aspects of this artisanal product, from learning how to recognise olfactory categories to professional production techniques. Providing an authoritative directory of the very best scents available from around the world, and from all manner of producer, from select haute couture and niche producers, to natural perfumery and the surprising gems available on the mass market, you'll learn to distinguish the quality fragrances from the hundreds of options available in today's market. A select few of particular note will be marked as 'Essentials' to highlight the very best of the best. Also including information on developing your olfactory senses, finding rare perfumes, and discovering which scents are best suited to you, this book provides you with the cachet knowledge every aficionado wants to possess. Additional features include Words from the Wise, advice from experts within the perfume industry on subjects ranging from selecting a perfume to correct storage, and In The Details will provide in-depth information on the unique techniques and processes used to produce the highest quality perfumes available. Witty, assured and informative, this book is the perfect foil for your obsession for the perfect scent. Le Snob: elite guides for those in the know.
Shakespeare wrote that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But if you cannot smell, does the rose lose its sweetness? The first and definitive book on the psychology of smell, The Scent of Desire traces the importance of smell in our lives, from nourishment to procreation to our relationships with the people closest to us and the world at large. Smell was the very first sense to evolve and is located in the same part of the brain that processes emotion, memory, and motivation. To our ancestors, the sense of smell wasn't just important, it was crucial to existence and it remains so today. Our emotional, physical, even sexual lives are profoundly shaped by both our reactions to and interpretations of different smells. Why do some people like a certain smell and others hate it? Is smell personal or cultural? How does smell affect our choices and our daily lives? Rachel Herz explores these questions and examines the role smell plays in our lives, and how this most essential of senses is imperative to our physical and emotional well-being. Herz investigates how our sense of smell functions, examines what purpose it serves, and shows how inextricably it is linked to our survival. She introduces us to people who have lost their ability to smell and shows how their experiences confirm this sense's importance by illuminating the traumatic effect its loss has on the quality of day-to-day living. Herz illustrates how profoundly scent and the sense of smell affect our daily lives with numerous examples and personal accounts based on her years of research. The wonders of our sense of smell are all explored in a compelling and engaging manner, from emotions and memory to aromatherapy and pheromones. For anyone who has ever wondered about human nature or been curious about the secrets of both the body and the mind, The Scent of Desire is a fascinating, down-to-earth tour of the psychology and biology of our most neglected sense, the sense of smell.
Vintage perfumes are classic fragrances that have stood the test of time. A collection of popular, beloved perfumes from 1850 to 1980, Vintage Perfumes is an insightful edition of feminine, masculine, and unisex favorites from bygone years. Fragrances from Chanel, Dior, Caron, Creed, Jean Patou, and many others are included. Discover the magic and mystery of perfumes that have been cherished for decades — and some as long as a century or more. What makes these perfumes unique? Learn about the perfumers and designers, as well as the notes, fragrance family, and historical famous patrons associated with the finest perfumes in the world. Jan Moran has written extensively about perfumery. She is the author of Scent of Triumph: A Novel of Perfume and Passion from St. Martin’s Press, and Rizzoli Bookstores nonfiction bestsellers Fabulous Fragrances I & II. She earned a FiFi award from The Fragrance Foundation for her innovation, Scentsa (aka FragranceIQ), a touch-screen fragrance finder in Sephora stores. She has also written numerous articles for a variety of print and digital media.