Jean-Claude Ellena has been the exclusive perfumer to the house of house of Hermes since 2004. Over the course of his career he has created some of the world's bestselling fragrances, including "First" from Van Cleef & Arpels, "Eau Parfumee au The Vert" from Bulgari, and "Declaration" from Cartier.
"Written with a keen eye for detail....In achieving a transporting
scent, Ellena's goal is for the pleasure to be released and shared
by the wearer and those around him or her, a passionate philosophy
that turns a fragrance into more than the sum of its notes."
"It's a rare glimpse into the mind of a master perfumer, and an inspired read for the fragrance enthusiast." www.sniffapalooza.com "Ellena's prose is tender, unpretentious, ethereal like Giono's stories or Japanese ink calligraphy, and deeply personal. Because, beyond the "search for beauty," art is defined by the purposeful will to communicate something from creator to public, and that something can never be non personal. The more impersonal and all-encompassing that message tries to be, the less artistic the end result becomes." Perfume Shrine Blog ..".Mr. Ellena's book--with its understatement and little bursts of pleasure--is somehow more erotic...For now, when I roam around Paris, I'll probably wear one of Jean-Claude Ellena's creations. If he ever sidles up and sniffs me, I want to be wearing it." Wall Street Journal