Not aliens!!! I laid down early last night, thinking I’d just rest my eyes or nap for a second. 7 a.m. this morning I woke up thinking, after some panicky dreams where I hadn’t written my blog post occurred, curaaaap
But we have something to look forward to! Releasing on March 15 in the U.K. is Denyse’s new book, “Perfume Lover.” You can order it here. If you are outside of the U.K., you will have to pay shipping, so be aware of that before you hit the buy button. I don’t know much about the book at this point, I think I’ll see it early and can talk about it.
From the Press Release:
When fragrance writer Denyse Beaulieu was growing up, perfume was forbidden in her house. This spurred a childhood curiosity that went on to become an intellectual and sensual passion. It is this passion that she pursued all the way to Paris, entering the secretive and seductive world of the perfume industry. Little did she know that it would lead her to achieve a fragrance lover’s wildest dream…
When Denyse tells a famous perfumer of a sensual night spent with a beautiful young man in Seville under an orange tree in full blossom, the story stirs his imagination and together they create a scent that captures the essence of that night. This is the story of that perfume.
As the unique creative collaboration unfolds, the perfume-in-progress conjures intimate memories, leading Beaulieu to make sense of her life through scents. Throughout, 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…
The Perfume Lover is an unprecedented account of the creative process that goes into composing a fragrance, and a uniquely candid insider’s view into the world and history of fragrance. Your world will never smell the same.
The scent that Denyse created capturing that night, Séville à l’aube (Seville at Dawn), was made with Parisian parfumerie L’Artisan Parfumeur and will be available in autumn 2012.
Denyse Beaulieu is a Paris-based fragrance writer and industry consultant. She has learned the principles of perfume composition with the help of some of the profession’s most prestigious noses. Her expertise has been acknowledged by at the London College of Fashion where she teaches an intensive “Understanding Fragrance” course and the Société Française des Parfumeurs where she is lecturer.
So two things. If you haven’t met Denyse and heard some of her stories, you can’t know how interesting a life she has led. I’m really looking forward to this. But I sniffed Seville a l’aube when I was in Paris in November just on a touche, but I kept that little touche pressed to my nose the whole time we were having drinks, then carried it back to the hotel with me, just to snuggle up with it. It is a beautiful scent – warm, inviting, with enough hints of sexuality to make it really interesting. Now, should I chance upon an early sample, I am willing (omgthishurtstodothis) to share it with at least one blog commenter this morning as my apology for being so darn late (if I get more than a sample, I’ll share with more than one)! What kind of perfume, if you were to make one, would yours be if you made one that was about your life? Or is there a perfume out there that already expresses it?