Sniffapalooza Reads: The Diary of A Nose… And a Giveaway!

One of the pleasures of the season is curling up in front of a crackling fire with a steaming cup of peppermint tea and a good book. Even better if it’s Jean-Claude Ellena’s The Diary of A Nose: A Year in the Life of a Parfumeur. M. Ellena, the exclusive perfumer for Hermès since 2004, shares the process of fragrance creation from germination to marketing, in journal format. It’s a rare glimpse into the mind of a master perfumer, and an inspired read for the fragrance enthusiast.

Would you like a copy of your very own? Please leave a comment below (your favorite fragrance? favorite book? New Year’s resolution? your choice!) and we’ll select one lucky reader at random to receive a copy. Good Luck!

Thanks to Rizzoli ExLibris for the Early Press Copy
  • Sophie

    I would love to read this. I love to smell of burning frankincense resin… divine. Favorite fragrance of the moment is Tiempe Passate. Happy new year Sniffa!

    • CW

      i would love to read this while surrounded by Moss Gown perfume by Charna Ethier of Providence Perfume…

  • Debra

    Hello! This is perfect holiday reading! Right now I am loving L’Ombre Eau the newer, greener version. Happy Holidays!

  • Charlotte

    I would LOVE to read this, with a great cup of peppermint tea at my side!!!

  • Jacinta

    Ooh sounds perfect! My fave scent to curl up with on a cold day is currently Bertrand Duchaufour’s / L’Artisan Parfumeur’s “Méchant Loup” (Big Bad Wolf) – think of dry leaves, smoke, woods, liquorice, hazelnut, cedar, and honey. I’ve been reading about Ellena’s first fragrance with Hermes “Un Jardin de le Nil” in Chandler Burr’s “The Perfect Scent” recently, and it would be a rare treat to read about his work and overall approach to the creative process in his own words too.

  • Darren Tan

    My current fave fragrance is Mistral Patchouli from Atelier Cologne. It’s just very refreshing to me and not even overpowering. I would really love to read this book. I’m such a fan of Mr. Ellena!

  • Sandi L

    Would love a copy!

  • Frunkinator

    The first true love at first sniff and that introduced me to the niche world of fume is L’eau D’Hiver. Will always hold a special place in my heart (and nose)

  • Lori L

    My favorite fragrance is Guerlain SDV. My favorite book right now is The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. :-)

  • Lindaloo

    Would be wonderful to read Ellena’s own perspective on his creations and scent in general. I enjoyed the section on him in that BBC documentary on perfumers. At this time of year with its dreary, chilly, rainy days I’m pretty devoted to Shalimar. Have been sampling the Neela Vermeire Creations — love the dark rosy depth of Mohur and the pure fun of Bombay Bling.

    New Year’s resolution: get through my samples and make a workable short-list of full bottle desires that I would love not just like. Just acquired some Hermes samples so we’ll see what makes it.

  • marie

    Right now I am enjoying my sample of Enchanted Forest-The Vagabond Prince. Once the blackcurrent fades, the smell of pine transport you into the Maine woods. Lovely…. Book I am reading, Jo Nesbo, Harry Hole series.. I love a good serial killer book.

  • Lilee

    My all-time favorite go-to fragrance is the original Oscar de la Renta. Would love to learn about the day-to-day life of a master perfumer.

  • Asya

    It’s been a scented weekend. Saw, or rather ravenously sniffed way through, the fantastic Art of Scent exhibit at the MAD, which has re-inspired me to love galbanum, courtesy of Maison Martin Margiela’s Untitled, which keeps giving and changing and giving. Still reading Mandy Aftel’s Essence and Alchemy, and on a less perfumy note, Nathanael West.

  • Eileen Smith Anglin

    One of my new years goals is to get more into crafting my own herbal concoctions and perfume oils.

  • clepro

    I can combine two of those suggestions for posting into a single entwined response. I’ve recently fallen in love with Serge Lutens Chergui, and have promised myself that upon completion of the task set as my New Year’s resolution, a big bottle would find its way into my home as a reward. So I’m gonna call that my favorite of the moment. Sophie, you mentioned loving frankincense. Have you tested Maria Candide Gentile’s perfumes? I think both Exultat and Sideris have f. notes.

  • clepro

    I can combine two of those suggestions for posting into a single entwined response. I’ve recently fallen in love with Serge Lutens Chergui, and have promised myself that upon completion of the task set as my New Year’s resolution, a big bottle would find its way into my home as a reward. So I’m gonna call that my favorite of the moment. Sophie, you mentioned loving frankincense. Have you tested Maria Candide Gentile’s perfumes? I think both Exultat and Sideris have f. notes.

  • http://twitter.com/vfarrari Vilma Farrar

    I certainly would covet reading JeanClaude Ellena. I’m sure I will be transported to the south of France as I flip the pages of his journal. I would also invest in some of his creations such as Terre d’Hermès for men as a gift to my significant other. My new years resolution is to finally get my fragrance line launched!