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The Diary of a Nose: A Year in the Life of a Parfumeur Hardcover – 5 Jul 2012

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Particular Books (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846145597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846145599
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Diary of a Nose explores the conundrums of his profession with the delicacyof an olfactory poet (The Wall Street Journal)

Jean-Claude Ellena has always played the fragrancegame as high art (Fréderic Malle Editions de Parfums)

Based on a year's worth of notes from the author's notebook, 'Diary of a Nose' aims to seduce (Metro)

In Diary of a Nose is the rarest of books. In it we sense that Jean-Claude Ellena appreciates the world with the passion and attention of an artist (Elle)

The man is a magician, a nose, a parfumuer ... His journal reveals in simple words a real secret: the creation of perfumes. Day by day, every emotion, every encounter, every precious moment is preserved. Here, everything is customary but nothing is ordinary, for this is where the magic happens (Le Monde)

More than a chemist or composer, I'd call Ellena a poet (Suzi Feay Independent)

Ellena's diary of the 12 months from October 2009 is sensual, serious (Carl Wilkinson Financial Times)

About the Author

In 2004, Jean-Claude Ellena was made Hermès' first 'perfumeur exclusive' at Hermès. He lives and works in the hills in Grasse in France, and designs his scents at his studio in Cabris.

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