The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York

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Macmillan, Jan 6, 2009 - Business & Economics - 306 pages
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The Perfect Scent is the thrilling inside story of the global perfume industry, told through two creators working on two very different scents. The first is commissioned by the French luxury brand Hermés, and developed by a perfumer named Jean-Claude Ellena, who begins his search for the scent on the banks of the Nile. The second is a celebrity fragrance, developed in New York by movie star Sarah Jessica Parker and a team of perfumers from a global conglomerate. Chalder Burr, the New York Times's perfume critic, spent a year behind the scenes watching both creators at work. His thrilling narrative follows each scent from the initial concept to the worldwide launch. The Perfect Scent is the story of two daring creators, two very different scents, and a billion-dollar industry that runs on the invisible magic of perfume.

  

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Review: The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York

User Review  - Alires - Goodreads

I love perfumes and this was a unique view into the industry and the people in it. It made me want to go and buy the two perfumes that are featured in the origin stories. Sarah Jessica Parker's Lovely ... Read full review

Review: The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York

User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

Halfway through I wanted to scream 5/5 to the sky. "Fascinating, fascinating fascinating!" Then it dipped. Kept dipping. Then picked up, but stumbled. Finally it settled. So while I actually feel more ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER 1
1
CHAPTER 2
24
CHAPTER 3
36
CHAPTER 4
62
CHAPTER 5
98
CHAPTER 6
139
CHAPTER 7
163
CHAPTER 8
186
CHAPTER 9
222
CHAPTER IO
247
CHAPTER 11
271
CHAPTER 12
275
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About the author (2009)

Chandler Burr is the scent critic for the New York Times Style Magazine and the author of The Emperor of Scent: A Story of Perfume, Obsession, and the Last Mystery of the Senses. He lives in New York City.

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