The Perfume Lover by Denyse Beaulieu ~ new perfume book

The Perfume Lover is a new book by author Denyse Beaulieu of the Grain de Musc blog. It will be published in the UK by Harper Collins in March 2012:

What if the most beautiful night in your life inspired a fragrance? Denyse Beaulieu is a respected fragrance writer; it is her world, her love, her life. When she was growing up, perfume was forbidden in her house, spurring a childhood curiosity that went on to become an intellectual and sensual passion. It is this passion she pursued all the way to Paris, where she now lives, and entered the secretive world of the perfume industry. But little did she know that it would lead her to achieve a fragrance lover’s wildest dream … When Denyse tells a famous perfumer of a sensual night spent in Seville under an orange tree in full blossom, wrapped in the arms of a beautiful young man, the story stirs his imagination and together they create a scent that captures the essence of that night. This is the story of that perfume. As the unique creative collaboration unfolds, the perfume-in-progress conjures intimate memories, leading Beaulieu to make sense of her life through scents. Throughout, 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 an unprecedented account of the creative process that goes into composing a fragrance, and a uniquely candid insider’s view into the world and history of fragrance. Your world will never smell the same.


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  1. Dusan says:

    I must get a copy!

    • Robin says:

      I hope they’ll publish it in the US too…

  2. mals86 says:

    So this is, at least partly, biography? Interesting.

    • Robin says:

      Hard to see in that picture, but the top says “A Personal History of Scent” — so I assume it’s in the memoir category.

  3. FragrantWitch says:

    Yay for living in the UK! I will certainly pick this up when it is published. Maybe send a few copies stateside…;-)

    • Robin says:

      You may have to, LOL…it is listed on the US Amazon site but no description or publication date.

  4. It isn’t often that being in the UK is a plus in perfume circles, but this is one such occasion, hehe!

  5. OperaFan says:

    Congratulations to Denyse! I’ll be on the lookout for it.

  6. azil627 says:

    Congratulations to Denyse! I look forward to reading this book.

  7. Kitty says:

    I have pre-ordered the book on! I have so enjoyed Grain de Musc, that I can’t wait to read the book.

  8. Tortola says:

    Great to know Denyse’s book is finally set to come out next March. She is such a great writer and it sounds like a really intriguing concept. Can’t wait!

  9. plumaria says:

    Sounds interesting and must find out how can I get one as will have to find out if it will be available in Pakistan or not.

  10. Ooh, I am so excited for this, and happy for Denyse, too!

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