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    DescriptionNo journalist has ever been allowed into the ultrasecretive, highly pressured process of originating a perfume. But Chandler Burr, the "New York Times" perfume critic, spent a year behind the scenes observing the creation of two major fragrances. Now, writing with wit and elegance, he juxtaposes the stories of the perfumes--one created by a Frenchman in Paris for an exclusive luxury-goods house, the other made in New York by actress Sarah Jessica Parker and Coty, Inc., a giant international corporation. We follow Coty's mating of star power to the marketing of perfume, watching "Sex and the City"'s Parker heading a hugely expensive campaign to launch a scent into the overcrowded celebrity market. Will she match the success of Jennifer Lopez? Does she have the international fan base to drive worldwide sales? In Paris at the elegant Hermes, we see Jean Claude Ellena, his company's new head perfumer, given a challenge: he must create a scent to resuscitate Hermes's perfume business and challenge "le monster" of the industry, bestselling Chanel No. 5. Will his pilgrimage to a garden on the Nile supply the inspiration he needs? The answer lies in Burr's informative and mesmerizing portrait of some of the extraordinary personalities who envision, design, create, and launch the perfumes that drive their billion-dollar industry.


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    Title
    The Perfect Scent
    Subtitle
    A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Chandler Burr, Narrator Mel Foster
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 163 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400106578
    ISBN 10: 1400106575
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DDF
    BIC E4L: IND
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S4.6
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBBEY
    BIC subject category V2: KND
    B&T General Subject: 180
    Ingram Theme: GEOG/NEWYRK
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET050
    Ingram Theme: CULT/FRANCE, LOCL/NYNEWY
    Ingram Subject Code: JB
    Libri: I-JB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 57870
    BISAC V2.8: BUS070000, HEA003000
    DC22: 338.766854
    DC21: 338.766854
    DC22: 338.7/66854
    LC classification: HD9999.P3932 B87 2008B
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: KND, WJH
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    13 April 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Chandler Burr is the "New York Times" perfume critic and the author of "The Emperor of Scent: A Story of Perfume, Obsession, and the Last Mystery of the Senses." Mel Foster has narrated over 150 audiobooks and has won several awards. Twice an Audie finalist for "1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History" by Charles Bracelen Flood and "Finding God in Unexpected Places" by Philip Yancey, he won for the latter title.
    Review quote
    "Exhilarating.... An unusually grounded depiction of a business built largely on artifice." ---Kirkus