- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Collins (March 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007411820
- ISBN-13: 978-0007411825
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,243,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Perfume Lover: A Personal Story of Scent Hardcover – International Edition, March 1, 2012
"Femme fatale Denyse Beaulieu undresses the art of perfumery with a sensual, scintillating striptease." Laren Stover, author of THE BOMBSHELL MANUAL OF STYLE "A uniquely personal-even intimate-story of a love affair with perfume and with Paris. Chatty, gossipy, and charming, THE PERFUME LOVER draws aside the veil on the secret world of scent." Tilar Mazzeo, author of THE WIDOW CLICQUOT AND THE SECRET OF CHANEL NO. 5 "A gorgeous romp through the history of perfume and a personal exploration of its role in Beaulieu's life as a woman and world class sensualist ... A thoroughly delectable and passionately intelligent read." Debra Ollivier, author of the bestseller WHAT FRENCH WOMEN KNOW "Written with wit and passion, insight and elegance. I read if first with interest and then again, for pleasure." Fragrances of the World
About the Author
Denyse Beaulieu is a Paris-based fragrance writer and industry consultant who established herself as one of the foremost bloggers in the field with Grain de Musc. She has learned the principles of perfume composition with the help of some of the profession's most prestigious noses. Her expertise has been acknowledged by at the London College of Fashion where she teaches an intensive "Understanding Fragrance" course and the Societe Francaise des Parfumeurs where she is lecturer. She was born in Canada, where she first started as a writer by covering the punk rock scene for local magazines, and moved to Paris 25 years ago to do her Ph.D. at the Universite Paris VII on the Marquis de Sade.
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Denyse Beaulieu, however, makes it clear that she did not grow up in such a home, and her perfume deprivation led her to a life filled with lovers and encounters with perfume creators. The premise of the book is her perfume/lover memories and the technicalities and nuances of perfume creation.
I found the book strangely repellent because Ms. Beaulieu's vulgarity jarred with the mysterious nature of perfume itself.
The more I read...the less I "liked" Ms. Beaulieu who comes across as self-indulgent, breast obsessed (hers), and even selfish. As I read on..it was hard to extricate her life from the descriptions of scent...which were very well written and described accurately the creation process of various perfumes (perfume writing is no small feat). When she discusses her own life, I grew tired of the arch asides that came across, at times, crude and vulgar, and the overall impression is the writing of an aging woman who sees herself (still) as a femme fatale. Perhaps this book may have been better if she had concentrated on just one or even two of her many affairs...but so many affairs--even with the mailman who saw her "dishevelled in my tatty vintage silk kimono," comes across as desperate or needy. It was difficult to separate the perfume writing from this tawdry tale of cast off lovers and failed relationships.
And no scent--nor the excellent descriptions of perfume creation and the industry--can mask neediness.
The author was only eleven when she decided she'd one day leave Canada for Paris and life as a glamorous, intellectual bohemian. This book describes her journey to the world of perfume via magical Sevilla and a creative partnership with one of the greatest perfumers of our time, Bertrand Duchaufour, culminating in a new perfume: Séville à l'aube (Sevilla at Dawn).
If you love perfume, you've probably heard of this book already and are looking forward to reading it. If you love Paris or exploring new lands, here's a chance to be seduced by the world of perfume and a fascinating, witty Parisian.