Perfume: The Alchemy of Scent

Perfume: The Alchemy of Scent
By Jean-Claude Ellena

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Product Description

To women the whole 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 master himself takes you through the doors of his laboratory and explains the process of creating precious fragrances, revealing the key methods and recipes involved in this mysterious alchemy.

Perfume is a cutthroat, secretive multibillion-dollar industry, and Ellena provides an insider's tour, guiding us from initial inspiration through the mixing of essences and synthetic elements, to the deluxe packaging and marketing in elegant boutiques worldwide, and even the increasingly complicated safety standards that are set in motion for each bottle of perfume that is manufactured. He explains how the sense of smell works, using a palette of fragrant materials, and how he personally chooses and composes a perfume. He also reveals his unique way of creating a fragrance by playing with our olfactory memories in order to make the perfume seductive and desired by men and women the world over. Perfume illuminates the world of scent and manufactured desire by a perfumer who has had clients the likes of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, and Hermés.


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #89294 in Audible
  • Published on: 2017-06-02
  • Format: Unabridged
  • Original language: English
  • Running time: 190 minutes

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5To take fragments of odors and swirl them together to create a beautiful moment is so incredibly magical
By W Hampton
I have always been fascinated by perfume and how scent resurrects a memory. I found this book very interesting as he explained how music is linear..one note at a time...but scent is made up of fractions of other odors which hit you all at once and then continue to change as the fragrance drifts on the air. It brings such an emotional response. I had not thought of how many "molecules" make up a fragrance and how some are forward and some float in the background. There is a lot of technical information in the book but that only helped me understand what an art perfume is. To take fragments of odors and swirl them together to create a beautiful moment is so incredibly magical!

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
4Technical document
By Amazon Customer
This book has a very clean, precise description of the life of a professional in the fragrance industry. If you're looking for insight into the emotional component of scent you should try Essence and Alchemy or the Secret of Chanel #5, but if you want to know the realities of the industry, this is the book for you.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5An honest and professional book
By GP
Exactly what I was looking for.
To know how perfumes are created, with which materials and how is the creative process to make them.
I paint and I love perfumes (in nature and from the shops!), I was curious to understand better about this market.
Thank You to the Author and Perfumer that wanted to share all this knowledge.

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