The Perfume Lover: A Personal History Of Scent

Paperback | March 19, 2013

byDenyse Beaulieu

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What if the most beautiful night in your life inspired a perfume? When Denyse Beaulieu was growing up in Montreal, perfume was forbidden in her house, spurring a childhood curiosity that became an intellectual and sensual passion. She pursued this passion to Paris, where she now lives, becoming 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 a famous perfumer of a sensual night spent in Seville under an orange tree in full blossom, wrapped in the arms of a beautiful young man, the story stirs his imagination, and together they create a scent that captures the essence of that night. As their unique collaboration unfolds, the perfume-in-progress conjures intimate memories, leading Beaulieu to make sense of her life through scent—a sort of Eat, Pray, Love of fragrance. Throughout the book, she weaves the history of perfumery into her personal journey, evoking the masters and the masterpieces, the myths and the myth-busting, down to the molecular mysteries that meld our flesh to flowers.

The Perfume Lover is an enticing account of the complexity of composing a fragrance, and a uniquely candid insider’s view into the world and history of fragrance.

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What if the most beautiful night in your life inspired a perfume? When Denyse Beaulieu was growing up in Montreal, perfume was forbidden in her house, spurring a childhood curiosity that became an intellectual and sensual passion. She pursued this passion to Paris, where she now lives, becoming a respected fragrance writer. But little ...

Denyse Beaulieu was born in Winnipeg, grew up in Montreal, and now lives in Paris, where she works as a translator. She is the author of Sex Game Book: A Cultural History of Sexuality. She is also the perfume editor for Citizen K and now devotes herself to smelling, analyzing, and reviewing perfumes for her bilingual blog, Grain de Mus...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.24 × 5.27 × 0.89 inPublished:March 19, 2013Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143184288

ISBN - 13:9780143184287

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“So deftly does Beaulieu mix the evocatively sensual with the intellectual and literary, it’s as though the pages themselves were scented.” - National Post"The Perfume Lover is 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. In lush prose that is as evocative as its subject, Beaulieu describes the alchemy of perfume: its intriguing manufacture, its delicious seductions, and the potent mnemonic rhapsodies ignited by the mystery of olfaction. A thoroughly delectable and passionately intelligent read.” - Debra Ollivier, author of the national bestseller What French Women Know