What if the most beautiful night in your life inspired a perfume?
When Denyse Beaulieu was growing up near Montreal, perfume was forbidden in her house, spurring a childhood curiosity that became an intellectual and sensual passion. It is this passion she pursued all the way to Paris, where she now lives, and which led her to become a respected fragrance writer. But little did she know that it would also lead her to achieve a perfume lover’s wildest dream: When Denyse tells famous perfumer Betrand Duchaufour at L'Artisan Parfumeur of a sensual night spent in Seville under a blossoming orange tree, wrapped in the arms of a beautiful man, the story stirs his imagination and together they create a scent that captures the essence of that night. As their unique creative collaboration unfolds, the perfume-in-progress conjures intimate memories, leading Beaulieu to make sense of her life through scents. Throughout the book, she weaves the evocative history of perfumery into her personal journey, in an intensely passionate voice: the masters and the masterpieces, the myths and the myth-busting, down to the molecular mysteries that weld our flesh to flowers.
Now, just to set your nostrils aquiver: Séville à l’aube is an orange blossom oriental with zesty, green and balsamic effects, with notes of petitgrain, petitgrain citronnier, orange blossom, beeswax, incense, and lavender, and is now available at fragrance outlets in the U.S.
“The Perfume Lover is more than the story of the making of a perfume; it is the story of perfume, a blogger’s saga written with wit and passion, insight and elegance. I read it first with interest, and then again, for pleasure. Denyse Beaulieu is a rare muse.”--Michael Edwards, author of Fragrances of the World and Perfume Legends
"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"Femme fatale Denyse Beaulieu undresses the art of perfumery with a sensual, scintillating striptease." —Laren Stover, author of The Bombshell Manual of Style
"[Beaulieu] writes with penetrating intellect about perfume, gender roles, cultural signifiers, the boudoir and her Bohemian life in a style that marries Jacques Derrida with Anaïs Nin."--Los Angeles Times
"...an intoxicating book that interweaves both perfume's and the author's personal histories. Beaulieu makes brilliant use of such diverse subtopics as prerevolutionary France, 20th-century fragrance icons, their products, and later-generation fragrances, changing gender ideas and their connection to perfumes, the relationship between perfumes and fragrances in other products, and the contemporary mania for celebrity scent."--Publishers Weekly