22 Perfumers / 22 Parfumeurs by Clara Molloy & Carine Soyer ~ perfume book review

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The format of the 2007 book 22 Perfumers: a creative process (also published in French as 22 Parfumeurs) is simple: interviews with 22 perfumers, presented in a coffee table format with lots of pictures. The book was the brainchild of Clara Molloy, who founded the niche perfume brand Memo the same year that the book came out.

As the subtitle suggests, the book focuses on the creative aspect of perfume development, but you’ll learn other things about the perfumers in question as well — Michel Almairac loves to cook, Alberto Morillas has “organized his life around a garden”. Each perfumer is presented with different questions, but overall, you’ll get a glimpse into what it’s like to work as a perfumer…

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New & upcoming perfume books 2013 – 2014

No. 5 Culture Chanel by Jean-Louis Froment, Chanel: Livre d’Artistes by Irma Boom, Chemistry and the Sense of Smell by Charles Sell, Complete Abandon by Norman Isaacson, La Note Verte by Jean-Claude Ellena.

Also, Kathleen Tessaro’s The Perfume Collector comes out in paperback next month, and a new (US?) edition of Roja Dove’s The Essence of Perfume comes out in June.

No. 5 Culture Chanel

No. 5 Culture Chanel by Jean-Louis Froment

Published last November, No. 5 Culture Chanel by Jean-Louis Froment was released in conjunction with the No. 5 Culture Chanel exhibition

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Scent & Subversion: Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume by Barbara Herman ~ perfume books

Scent & Subversion: Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume, book cover

Once or twice a year, someone will ask why I’m so fascinated with perfume — or, more bluntly, why I’m willing to pay more than $100 for a bottle. I have an answer ready: It’s a piece of art that you get to carry with you all day instead of leaving on/above the mantle.

It’s a half-truth. I also wear perfume when I can’t pile on enough cashmere, or black eyeliner, or gin flasks to keep up with my mood. That’s when I reach for Bottega Veneta, or Dior Poison, or Jean Patou Joy. Because, as Yesterday’s Perfume blogger Barbara Herman so aptly states in her book Scent & Subversion: Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume, “Perfume’s power is that it has one foot in the elevated world of language, and one foot in the primal, emotional, visceral, and dreamlike.” They say what I really want to say, in a cut-to-the-chase, non-HR-involving language…

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