From Luckyscent, one of my FAVORITE sites for all things fragrance…
The Perfume Lover: A Personal History of Scent
by Denyse Beaulieu
What if the most beautiful night in your life inspired a perfume?
When Denyse Beaulieu was growing up near Montreal, perfume was forbidden in her house, spurring a childhood curiosity that became an intellectual and sensual passion. It is this passion she pursued all the way to Paris, where she now lives, and which led her to become a respected fragrance writer. But little did she know that it would also lead her to achieve a perfume lover’s wildest dream: When Denyse tells famous perfumer Betrand Duchaufour at L’Artisan Parfumeur of a sensual night spent in Seville under a blossoming orange tree, wrapped in the arms of a beautiful man, the story stirs his imagination and together they create a scent that captures the essence of that night. As their unique creative collaboration unfolds, the perfume-in-progress conjures intimate memories, leading Beaulieu to make sense of her life through scents. Throughout the book, she weaves the evocative history of perfumery into her personal journey, in an intensely passionate voice: the masters and the masterpieces, the myths and the myth-busting, down to the molecular mysteries that weld our flesh to flowers.
The Perfume Lover is a candid personal account of the process of composing a fragrance (Seville a l’Aube), filled with sensual scent descriptions, sexy tidbits, and historical vignettes.
It reminded me of several other compelling books about fragrance I have read…
A Scented Palace: the secret history of Marie Antoinette’s perfumer by J. Feydeau (2006). An interesting account of one family business who provided Marie Antoinette’s ‘toilette’ directly…
Perfume: the story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind (2001). A deeply disturbing story about one man’s obsession to find the perfect scent. I couldn’t put it down…gripping, horrific and poetic all at the same time.
Do you have books about scent you enjoyed? If so, please share them!