Only one month to go before The Perfume Lover comes out. And another five before the launch of Séville à l’aube… One story told with words; the other with scent.
Bertrand Duchaufour’s next fragrance for L’Artisan Parfumeur was inspired by one of the most beautiful nights in my life, in Seville during the Holy Week under an orange tree in full blossom, wrapped in incense smoke and the arms of a Spanish boy…
When I told Bertrand the story, he said it would make a very good perfume. And then he walked his talk by making it. He asked me what I wanted from it. And so my night in Seville inspired a magnificent scent, which in turn inspired me to write my book.
The development of Séville à l’aube forms the narrative arc of The Perfume Lover: it is around this thrilling journey that I weave the other threads. Encounters with the people who inspired me. History, because every truly creative fragrance springs from it and adds a few more lines to it. Essays, because perfume is not only a thing of beauty but a worthy object to think through. Reminiscences, because perfume, ultimately, can only live when it melds with our own stories.
I am of course grateful beyond words to Bertrand Duchaufour for allowing me into his world: his gift is all the more precious to me that I will be able to share it with you. I am also infinitely grateful to L’Artisan Parfumeur for asking Bertrand to develop Séville à l’aube and for giving it a place in a collection that can boast some of the most original, poetic fragrances on the market.
Now, just to set your nostrils aquiver: Séville à l’aube is an orange blossom oriental with zesty, green and balsamic effects, with notes of petitgrain, petitgrain citronnier, orange blossom absolute, beeswax absolute, incense resinoid, Luisieri lavender absolute and Siam benzoin resinoid.
A word to my fellow bloggers and journalists: though a few samples have been commissioned by HarperCollins for the UK press, L’Artisan Parfumeur will have its own press samples ready later in spring.
Séville à l’aube will be coming out in late July, between the launches of the English and French editions of The Perfume Lover. By that time, I hope you’ll have read the book and will be eager to discover it. I swear it’ll be worth the wait.