Jean-Claude Ellena avec The Diary of a Nose: A Year in the Life of a Parfumeur
HardCover. Pub Date :2012-07-05 Pages: 192 Language: English Publisher: Particular Books The French bestseller The Diary of a Nose is the story behind the creation of a perfume. from the head perfumer at Herms.Perfume creation is an exclusive and secretive endeavour. What is day to day life like for a perfume-maker How does the creation of a new scent begin How do you capture the essence of a smell on the skinFor one year. Jean-Claude Ellena kept a diary of his life as parfumeur exclusif (le nez or the nose) for Herms. Believing that creating a scent is like creating a work of art. and describing himself as a writer using olfactory colours. he explains how all of the five senses come into play when creating a perfume. He also reveals how inspiration can come from a market stall. a landscape. or even the movement of calligraphy. and concludes this charming. perceptive diary w...
Diary of a Nose explores the conundrums of his profession with the delicacyof an olfactory poet (The Wall Street Journal)
Jean-Claude Ellena has always played the fragrancegame as high art (Fréderic Malle Editions de Parfums)
Based on a year's worth of notes from the author's notebook, 'Diary of a Nose' aims to seduce (Metro)
In Diary of a Nose is the rarest of books. In it we sense that Jean-Claude Ellena appreciates the world with the passion and attention of an artist (Elle)
The man is a magician, a nose, a parfumuer ... His journal reveals in simple words a real secret: the creation of perfumes. Day by day, every emotion, every encounter, every precious moment is preserved. Here, everything is customary but nothing is ordinary, for this is where the magic happens (Le Monde)
More than a chemist or composer, I'd call Ellena a poet (Suzi Feay Independent)
Ellena's diary of the 12 months from October 2009 is sensual, serious (Carl Wilkinson Financial Times)
In 2004, Jean-Claude Ellena was made Hermès' first 'perfumeur exclusive' at Hermès. He lives and works in the hills in Grasse in France, and designs his scents at his studio in Cabris.