Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Secret of Scent Giveaway

For readers living in the Washington, D.C. area, there's a fascinating program coming up at La Maison Francaise, the cultural arm of the French Embassy.

The weekend of of February 5 and 6 there will be two presentations: "The Art of Fragrance" with Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, authors of Perfumes: The A-Z Guide, and "Perfumes: An Exquisite Exploration" with master perfumer Patricia de Nicolai, creator of the Nicolai line of fragrances and director of the Osmotheque Versailles.

To celebrate this fun event I'm having a giveaway! I love giveaways and this time I'm offering two copies of Luca Turin's The Secret of Scent (don't you just love the Chanel-esque cover?)
To enter all you have to do is post a comment about your first perfume experience (mine was sneaking a few drops of my mother's Shalimar) and I will put your name in the virtual hat. The winners will be selected on Wednesday, January 27. I can't wait to read your entries.
Bonne chance!


  1. When I was 6 or 7, my father came from a Europen tour of duty (he was a marine pilot stationed on a navy ship) with a tiny bottle of Chanel No 5. I felt so grown up and special. It's not my style now. I find L'Occitane's Eau de Miel (unfortunately recently discontinued) more fitting. However, I will always have a warm spot in my heart for Chanel.

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  2. I love Luca Turin. The man is a genius but flies totally under the radar of the scientific community -- all because the focus of his olfactory studies is a girly thing like perfume.

    I don't recall a time in my life when perfume wasn't supremely important to me. It's always been a force field or a shield for me, which probably sounds like a strange, paranoid way to put it, now that I think about it. But it's always given me a boost or made a projection when I felt like I couldn't do it by myself. Very important to me, perfume. Anyway, I love having certain associations with particular fragrances: Chanel No. 5, Habanita, and Bal a Versailles were high school for me; Dior Poison was a bad boyfriend who taught me a lot; Chanel Coco and Cacharel LouLou were moving to the big city by myself; Piguet Fracas was courtship with my husband. Serge Lutens Datura Noir is Paris; Guerlain Bois d'Armenie is Provence; Fendi Palazzo is Washington, D.C.; Malle Le Parfum de Therese is San Francisco. Everything in between is HOME.

  3. Oh my - How I would love to attend!!!!

    And oui, the cover of that book is so cool...

    Let's see, my firs personal memory of fragrance would have to be when I was 12.
    I remember all my friends were wearing these HORRID drug store scents, many which sprayed out of a on the other hand, I was strictly a United Colors of Benetton (sp?) girl.
    I could never understand why they wanted to smell like baby powder or toot fruity?!
    These days, Chanel No. 5 wears very well with my chemistry, I love the scents from Les filles a la Vanille in Paris as well as a few others by Guerlain and Dior that you can only find "over there" now a days...everyone in the states seems to prefer the light and "clean" scents...
    I would rather "smolder."

    Lovely post!!!

  4. What a lovely giveaway...!

    My first fragrance experience was when I was around 14 when our family went on holiday to Malta to stay with friends there.. I bought my first fragrance on my own from the Duty Free shop - (felt v. grownup) it was Lancome's Eau de Lancome - very fresh and citrussy... I loved it especially wearing it on that Mediterranean Island - it seemed to fit right in... Am not sure if you can still get it but I still love fresh fragrances like these especially Frederick Malle's Cologne Bigerade - divine...

  5. Christmas of the year I was 16 ...

    My father had never bought anyone a gift for any occasion, except a small gift for Mom on her birthday and Christmas.

    That year he bought and gave me a bottle of Blue Grass by Elizabeth Arden - to mark my passage in to womanhood, he said.

    I was stunned.

    And I can still recall that scent with little effort.

    For about 25 years now I've worn Guerlain's Vol De Nuit. I liked it better back when they didn't import it - and no one here could figure out what perfume I was wearing!

  6. The first scent I remember wearing was Ralph Lauren when I was in high school. I remember the red square bottle with a gold cap. My mother then stole it and now my memories are of her wearing it rather than me.

    For the past 25 years I have worn First by Van Cleef and Arpels which was introduced to me by my lovely sister, annecychic!

    Last year I thought I would try something new so I bought a bottle of Chloe which is lovely, but as Marsi said above, perfume gives me a boost too and Chloe just didn't cut it for me. After 25 years though I must say the only time I can really smell the perfume is after I take my clothes off at the end of the day I get a strong whiff of it as I toss them into the laundry. I guess it is now such a part of me that my sniffer can't even detect it!?

  7. Debbie Gibson Electric Youth...wore it ALL of the time! I insisted on putting in on to go to bed, to school, everywhere! I think it's due to that experience that I just can't wear any perfume to this day.

  8. Only discovered your blog today, tres magnifique! I've already bookmarked it. Are you on Twitter as well?

    I don't remember the names on those vintage french perfume bottles my mom had, but I loved sniffing them constantly. The first perfume I bought for myself was Boucheron, I still have it and love it the most. My other favourite is Organza by Givenchy.