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Book Title: The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York|
Date of issue: January 22nd 2008
ISBN 13: 9780805080377
The author of the book: Chandler Burr
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 878 KB
Edition: Henry Holt and Co.
Read full description of the books The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York:I finished this book a while back. I'm not sure what to say except that Chandler Burr knows the perfume industry inside out. Knowing that, it seems odd to me that there are no scandals, everyone behaves perfectly well and fairly. This just isn't how business works, this is how PR works. Another revenue stream for the author?
Additionally Sarah Jessica Parker has far, far more input into 'her' perfume than any of the other celebrities who have no input at all, they are just advertising faces on negotiated contracts and the buying public are the fools for thinking that Beyonce, Paris Hilton or anyone else has necessarily even sniffed the perfume before being photographed and the press releases issued.
SJP does get to choose from 3 scents, then 3 bottles, then 3 boxes... what a joke.
I have never bought an eponymously-named celebrity perfume, but I'm kind of wondering what the fat-bottomed Kardashian fragrances are like. How do you represent grossly greedy in a scent? Does is come packaged in a plastic box? Am I being told that a little of the Kardashian glamour will rub off on me if I do buy it? That is certainly the implication of the Sarah Jessica Parker one.
What does it say that I wear Chanel Allure? Dpes it say I am sophisticated, rich and well-travelled (I'm one of the three, guess which!) Or only that no one else ever comments on any perfume I do wear except this one? Why would I turn down a compliment even if it's for the scent not me? So I wear it and take every compliment personally.
Nice light reading if you prefer non-fiction but not really an expose of the industry at all.
Notes on reading Sarah Jessica Parker. I've just had an ah-hah moment. Syn-chron-icity! SJP is supposed to be creating her own scent for Coty. I thought she was just lending her name, as celebrities do. She has been going on about hating florals wanting a dirty scent and rejecting this one and that, and it's all sounded a bit pretentious. But then, for a publicity campaign, she is out with the author and photographer and says how she used to create her own scent from a drug store musk oil - Bonne Belle (the old formula), an Egyptian oil from a street vendor, mixed together with her sexy, dirty main perfume, Comme des Garcons Incense Avignon. I can smell that blend, dirty and heavy, yes. Delicious. So she has a lot more credibility than the celebrities that just sell their names to a brand.
Now SJP wears Guerlain's Vetiver so there's the synchronicity In the spoilers below, my notes before buying the book, I said I wear Comptoir du sud Pacifique's Vetyver Haiti. I love those strong, dry, masculine grassy scents. They smell like the Amazon did. Rainforest in a bottle.
Also she likes Yvez Saint Laurent's Paris which I used to love. I've never seen Sex in the City, but now I want to see SJP.
(view spoiler)[ AfI've just started reading the book. It's quite interesting in that exposes the fakery of the perfume industry, all but Chanel, quite unwittingly. The author almost worships perfume, or at least the billion-dollar fashion houses it is associated with (and very thin 'perfect' women). It seems, like electronics, like cosmetics, like high-price jeans, they are all manufactured not in-house, by manufacturers who will make for any company, and then the goods are branded. And the PR people do everything they can to persuade us that these are genuInely designed and made by the couturiers and not a fragrance company in New York. Chanel is the exception, it has always had its own in-house parfumier.
The language is a bit flowery. Some examples:
".Spraying perfume is like "a doctor administering shots".. His white shirt sleeves rolled all the way up obediently submitting to the spray. After she did Ellena, De Breul did herself.
and "...arms which he held out like Christ in Corcovado in Rio as they walked their noses from wrist to elbow and back again."
It's quite good though. Sarah Jessica Parker seems very involved with the design process of her perfume, Lovely, but she doesn't seem to be quite all there. Still... maybe she'll stop going on about loving dirt and hating florals at some point.
(view spoiler)[Notes written before I read the book. I'm interested in the creation of a scent, but also in the input that Sarah Jessica Parker actually had to her own scent. Apart from, that is, having her agents and lawyers negotiate a contract where she would be paid an obscenely large sum for letting the company name a scent after her and being in adverts 'pretending' it was her own scent.
I love scent. I wear Chanel Allure. After so many years of wearing it, I would like to branch out, but no other perfume gets the amount of comments and compliments that this one does. My favourite scent is Comptoir du Sud Pacifique 's Haiti Vetivert. It is so hard to come by now that when I found it in a shop that specialises in rare perfumes in the UAE I bought two bottles. I was impressed they arrived in just a couple of weeks to my little Caribbean island. Much as I like it though, no one ever comments when I wear it. But still, I wear it for me (and it's on my pillow). (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]
Read information about the authorChandler Burr is the New York Times scent critic and author of The Perfect Scent, The Emperor of Scent, and A Separate Creation. He has written for the Atlantic and the New Yorker. He lives in New York City.
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