The Perfect Scent

A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York

Author: Chandler Burr

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312425777

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 306

View: 6431

An insider's view of the perfume industry goes behind the scenes to follow the creation of two major new fragrances--one developed in Paris for an exclusive luxury goods house, the other made in New York by a collaboration between Coty, Inc., and actress Sarah Jessica Parker. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

The Perfect Scent

A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York

Author: Chandler Burr

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805080377

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 306

View: 9270

No journalist has ever been allowed into the ultrasecretive, highly pressured process of originating a perfume. But Chandler Burr, the New York Times perfume critic, spent a year behind the scenes observing the creation of two major fragrances. Now, writi

The Perfect Scent

A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York

Author: Chandler Burr

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1429924659

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 3483

From the New York Times perfume critic, a stylish, fascinating, unprecedented insider's view of the global perfume industry, told through two creators working on two very different scents. No journalist has ever been allowed into the ultrasecretive, highly pressured process of originating a perfume. But Chandler Burr, the New York Times perfume critic, spent a year behind the scenes observing the creation of two major fragrances. Now, writing with wit and elegance, he juxtaposes the stories of the perfumes -- one created by a Frenchman in Paris for an exclusive luxury-goods house, the other made in New York by actress Sarah Jessica Parker and Coty, Inc., a giant international corporation. We follow Coty's mating of star power to the marketing of perfume, watching Sex and the City's Parker heading a hugely expensive campaign to launch a scent into the overcrowded celebrity market. Will she match the success of Jennifer Lopez? Does she have the international fan base to drive worldwide sales? In Paris at the elegant Hermès, we see Jean Claude Ellena, his company's new head perfumer, given a challenge: he must create a scent to resuscitate Hermès's perfume business and challenge le monstre of the industry, bestselling Chanel No. 5. Will his pilgrimage to a garden on the Nile supply the inspiration he needs? The Perfect Scent is the story of two daring creators, two very different scents, and a billion-dollar industry that runs on the invisible magic of perfume.

Perfume

The Alchemy of Scent

Author: Jean-Claude Ellena

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 1628721707

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 176

View: 6582

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.

The Diary of a Nose

A Year in the Life of a Parfumeur

Author: Jean-Claude Ellena

Publisher: Rizzoli Publications

ISBN: 0847840433

Category: Design

Page: 174

View: 5524

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.

The Emperor of Scent

A Story of Perfume, Obsession, and the Last Mystery of the Senses

Author: Chandler Burr

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588362605

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 5861

For as long as anyone can remember, a man named Luca Turin has had an uncanny relationship with smells. He has been compared to the hero of Patrick Süskind’s novel Perfume, but his story is in fact stranger, because it is true. It concerns how he made use of his powerful gifts to solve one of the last great mysteries of the human body: how our noses work. Luca Turin can distinguish the components of just about any smell, from the world’s most refined perfumes to the air in a subway car on the Paris metro. A distinguished scientist, he once worked in an unrelated field, though he made a hobby of collecting fragrances. But when, as a lark, he published a collection of his reviews of the world’s perfumes, the book hit the small, insular business of perfume makers like a thunderclap. Who is this man Luca Turin, they demanded, and how does he know so much? The closed community of scent creation opened up to Luca Turin, and he discovered a fact that astonished him: no one in this world knew how smell worked. Billions and billions of dollars were spent creating scents in a manner amounting to glorified trial and error. The solution to the mystery of every other human sense has led to the Nobel Prize, if not vast riches. Why, Luca Turin thought, should smell be any different? So he gave his life to this great puzzle. And in the end, incredibly, it would seem that he solved it. But when enormously powerful interests are threatened and great reputations are at stake, Luca Turin learned, nothing is quite what it seems. Acclaimed writer Chandler Burr has spent four years chronicling Luca Turin’s quest to unravel the mystery of how our sense of smell works. What has emerged is an enthralling, magical book that changes the way we think about that area between our mouth and our eyes, and its profound, secret hold on our lives. From the Hardcover edition.

Fragrant

The Secret Life of Scent

Author: Mandy Aftel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1594631417

Category: Cooking

Page: 274

View: 7402

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.

You Or Someone Like You

Author: Chandler Burr

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1742376215

Category: Book clubs (Discussion groups)

Page: 392

View: 6818

When the bored housewife of a Hollywood producer begins a bookclub, the cynical denizens of Tinseltown fall hard for literature . A witty, clever and tender novel about how books and literature can shape our lives.

Fragrance

The Story of Perfume from Cleopatra to Chanel

Author: Edwin Morris

Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

ISBN: 9780486426723

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 320

View: 3036

Enter the unexpected and intriguing realm of scent, where fragrances have the power to calm as well as to stimulate. These tales from the ancient quest for pleasing aromas offer a microcosm of history's larger movements, from the scented sails of Cleopatra's barges to modern-day fashion trends. This book is more than a historical overview of one of the world's oldest industries, although it's comprehensive, well-researched, and scrupulously accurate in its details. Neither is it just a book of pretty pictures, even though it's abundantly illustrated with lovely drawings and photographs that include every variety of perfume bottle, ads, paintings, as well as famous (and infamous) figures. Fragrance pursues its subject's very essence, with a rich panoply of insights that ranges from the botanical origins of fragrant oils and the role of aromatics in economic and religious life to the ways in which scents influence behavior and chemists extract, preserve, and reproduce fragrances. A fascinating stirring of the senses.

What the Nose Knows

The Science of Scent in Everyday Life

Author: Avery Gilbert

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781505442878

Category: Odors

Page: 306

View: 2823

Everything about the sense of smell fascinates us, from its power to evoke memories to its ability to change our moods and influence our behavior. Yet because it is the least understood of the senses, myths abound. For example, contrary to popular belief, the human nose is almost as sensitive as the noses of many animals, including dogs; blind people do not have enhanced powers of smell; and perfumers excel at their jobs not because they have superior noses, but because they have perfected the art of thinking about scents. In this entertaining and enlightening journey through the world of aroma, olfaction expert Avery Gilbert illuminates the latest scientific discoveries and offers keen observations on modern culture: how a museum is preserving the smells of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row; why John Waters revived the "smellie" in Polyester; and what innovations are coming from artists like the Dutch "aroma jockey" known as Odo7. From brain-imaging laboratories to the high-stakes world of scent marketing, What the Nose Knows takes us on a tour of the strange and surprising realm of smell.

Perfumes

The A-Z Guide

Author: Luca Turin,Tania Sanchez

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1847651526

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 620

View: 5096

'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.

The Secret of Chanel No. 5

The Intimate History of the World's Most Famous Perfume

Author: Tilar J. Mazzeo

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061791032

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 8318

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.

The Secret of Scent

Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell

Author: Luca Turin

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061133841

Category: Science

Page: 224

View: 3436

One man's passion for perfume leads him to explore one of the most intriguing scientific mysteries: What makes one molecule smell of garlic while another smells of rose? In this witty, engrossing, and wildly original volume, author Luca Turin explores the two competing theories of smell. Is scent determined by molecular shape or molecular vibrations? Turin describes in fascinating detail the science, the evidence, and the often contentious debate—from the beginnings of organic chemistry to the present day—and pays homage to the scientists who went before. With its uniquely accessible and captivating approach to science via art, The Secret of Scent will appeal to anyone who has ever wondered about the most mysterious of the five senses.

Dior Perfumes

Author: Chandler Burr,Terri Weifenbach,Vincent Leret

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications

ISBN: 9780847841660

Category: Design

Page: 292

View: 5169

An exquisite exploration of the relationship between Christian Dior and perfumes, celebrating sixty-five years of inspiration, innovation, and style.

A Separate Creation

Author: Chandler Burr

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446438457

Category: Social Science

Page: 512

View: 441

In August 1991 newspaper headlines around the world announced an amazing discovery: a difference in the brains of heterosexuals and homosexuals. In 1993 American scientists claimed they had discovered a gay gene. Sexual orientation, it now seems, is not a choice, not a disease nor a faddish whim, but a fundamental biological part of who we are. Chandler Burr's ground-breaking work is the first and only comprehensive look at this revolutionary new science, biology on the farthest edges of current scientific practice. A Separate Creation: How Biology Makes Us Gay takes us into laboratories where researchers are using incredible technologies to discover what makes us straight or gay. From studies of male rats that ovulate and a species of African animal in which the female has a penis, to the political fire-storm surrounding the claim of a gay gene, from a new silicon chip made of human DNA that could discern the sexual orientation of the foetus in a woman's womb, to a working theory that homosexuality is a genetic/bacterial condition that could be 'cured' with an antibiotic, Burr explores this fascinating and often ethically ambiguous territory with clarity and an objective eye.

Fabulous Fragrances II

A Guide to Prestige Perfumes for Women and Men

Author: Jan Moran

Publisher: Crescent House Pub

ISBN: 9780963906540

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 240

View: 8967

With Fabulous Fragrances II, Countess Jan Moran, fragrance creator and expert, curbs confusion felt at fragrance counters. A user-friendly guide of 700 scents for fragrance enthusiasts and industry professionals. Fashion designer/columnist Mr. Blackwell states: "A fabulous fragrance is the epitome of chic and the height of elegance; nobody knows this better than Jan Moran." In-depth profiles of 700 scents from Guerlain, Patou, Lauder, Klein, Revlon, Malone, more. Foreword by Bijan. Women's Wear Daily says, "Fragrances by the book S everything a connoisseur wants to know about S scent". A Rizzoli bestseller, Fabulous Fragrances II profiles classic and new perfumes. Color photos and bottle designers included for perfume bottle collectors. Explore history, composition, scent type, aromatherapy; learn how to select the best scents. For fun, discover celebrity favorites of Gwyneth Paltrow, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Oprah Winfrey, Princess Diana, Audrey Hepburn, Ricky Martin, Michael Jordan, Cary Grant. For department stores, perfumeries, bookstores. A beautiful gift book in red and gold; ideal for corporate gifts. Perfect for teens to grandmothers; also used for perfumery educational courses. Crescent House distributes Michael Edward's books, Perfume Legends, and Fragrances of the World, and Moran's fragrance line, Fabulous by Jan Moran Beverly Hills. Moran is a frequent guest-speaker. Available through Ingram Book Company, Baker & Taylor Books, Brodart Company, Jenkins Group. Crescent House. Jan Moran (www.janmoran.com.) (www.fabulousfragrances.com.)

The Paris Seamstress

Author: Natasha Lester

Publisher: Forever

ISBN: 1538714752

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 9746

For readers of Lilac Girls and The Nightingale comes an internationally bestselling World War II novel that spans generations, crosses oceans, and proves just how much two young women are willing to sacrifice for love and family. 1940: As the Germans advance upon Paris, young seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee everything she's ever known. She's bound for New York City with her signature gold dress, a few francs, and a dream: to make her mark on the world of fashion. Present day: Fabienne Bissette journeys to the Met's annual gala for an exhibit featuring the work of her ailing grandmother - a legend of women's fashion design. But as Fabienne begins to learn more about her beloved grandmother's past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and family secrets that will dramatically change her own life. "I loved The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and I have a feeling that I'm going to love this dual timeline World War II novel based in war-torn France and present day." --Debbie Macomber "This rich, memorable novel unfolds beautifully from start to finish." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "Fascinating and impeccably researched." --Gill Paul, author of The Secret Wife "A fantastically engrossing story. I love it." --Kelly Rimmer, USA Today bestselling author "Gorgeously rich and romantic." --Kate Forsyth, author of Bitter Greens "Intrigue, heartbreak... I cannot tell you how much I loved this book." --Rachel Burton, author of The Things We Need to Say "If you're looking for a swoon-worthy romance, then The Paris Seamstress is for you. Natasha Lester's novel features not one but two love stories, spanning continents and centuries. ... Fans of historical romance will eat this one up." --Refinery29 Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Books of the Year Included in BookBub's "Best Historical Fiction Fiction Coming this Fall"

The Scent Trail

How One Woman's Quest for the Perfect Perfume Took Her Around the World

Author: Celia Lyttelton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440688317

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 3972

A unique travel memoir, The Scent Trail charts a woman’s journey as she explores the magic and history behind the ingredients of her own bespoke perfume. When Celia Lyttelton visits a bespoke perfumer in London, she enters the heady and exotic world of scent. On a London backstreet she is transported to a world made up of thousands of oils, unguents and balms — all hidden away in an old Chinese medicine chest. And so begins Celia’s remarkable quest to discover the origin, history and culture of the many ingredients that make up her unique custom-made perfume. It is a quest that will take her from Tuscany to Morocco, from Sri Lanka to Tibet, from the peasants and farmers growing their own crops and the traders who sell to the perfume houses, to the “noses” who create the scents and the marketing kings involved in this billion dollar industry. As Celia explores the mythology, history and culture behind ingredients such as jasmine, nutmeg, musk and ambergris, she paints a vivid portrait of this mysterious, sensual world, conjuring up the people she has met and the places she has visited on her scent trail.

Scent and Subversion

Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume

Author: Barbara Herman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493002023

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 288

View: 7976

An intriguing look at vintage perfume's powerful past, including reviews of more than 300 scents, with stunning period advertisements throughout.