In this international bestseller, the most esteemed perfumer in the world reveals the art and business of creating precious scents, sharing his secrets for the first time.
To women the 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 legendary Ellena takes the reader through the doors of his laboratory and explains the process of creating precious fragrances, revealing key methods and recipes involved in this mysterious alchemy. Perfume is an extremely competitive, highly secretive multibillion-dollar industry, and Ellena provides an insider's tour, guiding us from the initial inspiration, the mixing of essences and synthetic elements, to the deluxe packaging and merchandising in elegant boutiques worldwide. Among Ellena’s many creations are Declaration for Cartier, First for Van Cleef and Arpels, and Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert for Bulgari, but Ellena is now creating exclusively for Hermès. Not just for women, Perfume is for all readers interested in the business of making scents.
Perfume: The Alchemy of Scent is available now for pre-order at Amazon, where they show a publication date of 7/8/2009. (quote via arcadepub)
Update: this book is rumored to be an English translation of Le Parfum and not new material; also, the founder of Arcade Publishing passed away in early January and it is not yet clear whether they will be publishing their upcoming titles for spring 2009.