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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

You Or Someone Like You

Author: Chandler Burr

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1742376215

Category: Book clubs (Discussion groups)

Page: 392

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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

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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

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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.

The Little Book of Perfumes

The Hundred Classics

Author: Luca Turin,Tania Sanchez

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110154533X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 128

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The quintessential guide to the one hundred most glorious perfumes in the world. When Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez published Perfumes: The Guide in 2008, it was hailed as "ravishingly entertaining" by John Lanchester in The New Yorker, "witty and knowledgeable" on Style.com, and "provocative and hugely entertaining" by the Times Literary Supplement. The Little Book of Perfumes focuses on just one hundred masterpieces of perfume: ninety-six five-star perfumes from the original book, as well as four "museum" perfumes-legendary scents that are preserved in the Versailles Osmothèque. This stunningly produced petite volume offers lovers of perfume the best of the best-a perfect gift book for anyone looking either for a brilliant fragrance or an intelligent, witty read.

Fragrant

The Secret Life of Scent

Author: Mandy Aftel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1594631417

Category: Cooking

Page: 274

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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.

Perfumes

The A-Z Guide

Author: Luca Turin,Tania Sanchez

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1847651526

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 620

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'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

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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

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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.

Essence and Alchemy

A Book of Perfume

Author: Mandy Aftel

Publisher: North Point Press

ISBN: 1429936126

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 272

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An artisan perfumer reveals a lost art and its mysterious, sensual history. For centuries, people have taken what seems to be an instinctive pleasure in rubbing scents into their skin. Perfume has helped them to pray, to heal, and to make love. And as long as there has been perfume, there have been perfumers, or rather the priests, shamans, and apothecaries who were their predecessors. Yet, in many ways, perfumery is a lost art, its creative and sensual possibilities eclipsed by the synthetic ingredients of which contemporary perfumes are composed, which have none of the subtlety and complexity of essences derived from natural substances, nor their lush histories. Essence and Alchemy resurrects the social and metaphysical legacy that is entwined with the evolution of perfumery, from the dramas of the spice trade to the quests of the alchemists to whom today's perfumers owe a philosophical as well as a practical debt. Mandy Aftel tracks scent through the boudoir and the bath and into the sanctums of worship, offering insights on the relationship of scent to sex, solitude, and the soul. Along the way, she imparts instruction in the art of perfume compositions, complete with recipes, guiding the reader in a process of transformation of materials that continues to follow the alchemical dictum solve et coagula (dissolve and combine) and is itself aesthetically and spiritually transforming.

A Separate Creation

Author: Chandler Burr

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446438457

Category: Social Science

Page: 512

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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.

Vintage Perfumes

Author: Jan Moran

Publisher: Sunny Palms Press

ISBN: 1942073259

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: N.A

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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.

Perfumery

Practice and Principles

Author: Robert R. Calkin,J. Stephan Jellinek

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780471589341

Category: Science

Page: 287

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Basic skills and techniques. Aesthetics and the fundamentals of composition. Studies in fine fragrance. aspects of creative perfumery. scientific fundamentals.

Dior Perfumes

Author: Chandler Burr,Terri Weifenbach,Vincent Leret

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications

ISBN: 9780847841660

Category: Design

Page: 292

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