The Diary of A Nose

The Diary of A Nose

A Year in the Life of A Parfumeur

Book - 2013
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An intimate exploration of inspiration and creativity, from the "parfumeur exclusif" of the house of Hermès. A scent has incantatory powers, capable of transporting you to your past, of kindling fantasies, of creating a vivid mise en scène--literally out of thin air. In the hands of the truly great, perfume creation is a kind of alchemy. Where does inspiration for this visceral art come from? How does one capture the essence of emotions, of desire? Jean-Claude Ellena has a sublime gift. As "parfumeur exclusif" (or "the nose") for Hermès, he elevates fragrance to an art form. A "writer of perfume," his concoctions are as finely composed and evocative as a haiku. He is also a conjurer of sorts: "I create an illusion that is actually stronger than reality . . . you enter the scent and follow the path." The Diary of a Nose is a collection of Ellena's meditations on the world of scents, and what stirs his creation of some of the world's most desired fragrances. Inspiration can come from anywhere--a market stall, a landscape, or even the movement of calligraphy. Though each smell has its own distinct character, a gifted perfumer creates olfactory experiences that are intensely personal and unique, that blossom on the body and leave a trace of us lingering after we have left a room. Seductive, delicate, and elegant as any of Ellena's creations, The Diary of a Nose seeks to capture the most elusive facets of this rarefied and mysterious art.
Publisher: New York : Rizzoli Ex Libris, 2013.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780847840427
Branch Call Number: 338.76685 ELL
Characteristics: 145 pages ;,21 cm


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Aug 17, 2018

This wonderful book gives real insight into the creative process of one of today's most important commercial perfumers. Mr. Ellena is notably generous in sharing some of his most intimate thoughts on perfume creation--and the creative process in general--especially considering the notorious secrecy of the perfume industry.

hgeng63 Apr 01, 2013

Both shallow & deep at the same time. Shows you how "noses" think differently from the rest of us.

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