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The Perfect Scent

A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York

Chandler Burr

Picador

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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Praise for The Perfect Scent

"Filled with fascinating revelations about an industry built on illusions . . . entices you to marvel all the more at the power of fragrance."--The Dallas Morning News

"The Perfect Scent has drama, unforgettable characters, history, and location."--Los Angeles Times

"An inside, Hollywoodesque account."--The New York Times Book Review

"Burr winds his way deep into the secretive, dark, high-stakes world of perfumery, where following the scent can be hazardous to your career. . . . He smells the story in each bottle."--Associated Press

"Passionate and captivating."--The Toronto Star

"An appealing writer and an acute observer, [who] tells his two stories well."--The Wall Street Journal

"Filled with fascinating revelations about an industry built on illusions."--The Kansas City Star

"Filled with fascinating revelations about an industry built on illusions . . . entices you to marvel all the more at the power of fragrance."--The Dallas Morning News

"The Perfect Scent has drama, unforgettable characters, history, and location."--Los Angeles Times

"An inside, Hollywoodesque account."--The New York Times Book Review

"Burr winds his way deep into the secretive, dark, high-stakes world of perfumery, where following the scent can be hazardous to your career. . . . He smells the story in each bottle."--Associated Press

"Passionate and captivating."--The Toronto Star

"An appealing writer and an acute observer, [who] tells his two stories well."--The Wall Street Journal

"Filled with fascinating revelations about an industry built on illusions."--The Kansas City Star

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Chandler Burr

  • 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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The Perfect Scent

A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York

Chandler Burr

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