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“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
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 Société Française 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 Université Paris VII on the Marquis de Sade.
A highly irritating book!
Fascinating sections dealing with the creation of her own scent, and matters pertaning to that.
Did the book have an editor? Read more
Another recommended read. A seductive book that's inspirational and eye opening on many levels. Great book if you're passionate about perfumePublished 20 months ago by Sophie Innes
I was expecting this to be a nook about the creation and manufacture of Fragrancs, however, it s rather more an autobiography concerning the author's entry into the business. Read morePublished on 18 April 2013 by Saturnicus
I thought this was just a gorgeous book! Readable, fascinating, personal and easy to sink in to. But I can see that it's also a bit of a muddle. Is it autobiography? Is it fiction? Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2013 by Gabrielle O
'Intellectual, olfactory, eroticism'. This book contains everything you need to know about why men and women are drawn to particular fragrances and includes their origins and... Read morePublished on 5 Aug. 2012 by Allison O'Kelly
I got this title because I remember fondly reading Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. This book is partly historical information about perfume, partly the process of creation of a... Read morePublished on 29 July 2012 by @iGlinavos
Hmm. Well, I loved reading all the sections about perfumery, the history of scents, tales of the famous 'noses' etc. Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2012 by L. Bretherton
This was a tough start and it took some time before I was engaged in the style of writing- the title suggested more fact and perhaps less fiction- ESP someone like myself who... Read morePublished on 28 May 2012 by avid british reader
I chose this after talking to a friend who works in Lush about perfumes. Unfortunately for me this was too much autobiography and not enough about the perfumes. Read morePublished on 5 May 2012 by J. Charlesworth