|14,5 × 21 cm
“Because it is directly linked to the vital breath that gives us life; because it is intrinsically connected to our very existence, for me, smell is the king of the senses. The sense of life.”
Over the course of thirteen chapters, to be read in any order, Mathilde Laurent reflects on her career, her explorations, and shares her convictions about a craft she wants to enable the widest possible audience to discover: perfumery. Defending a “perfumistic” vision of her profession, she strives to “bring sense, emotion, symbols and art” to her creations. In her view, imparting true and accurate information about the world of perfume is the only way for people to appropriate it, enjoy it and, more broadly, to learn to contemplate the world through the sense of smell. This personal, engaged narrative is a genuine manifesto for olfactory sensibility.
The author : Mathilde Laurent with Sarah Bouasse
After starting her career at Guerlain, where she authored her first successes (Pamplelune, Guet-Apens…), Mathilde Laurent became Cartier’s in-house perfumer. From the collection “Les Heures” to La Panthère, and from Carat to L’Envol, she expresses a sensitive, personal vision, promoting a free and artistic perfumery. A freelance journalist and writer specialized in fragrance, Sarah Bouasse co-authored The Big Book of Perfume (2020) and From Plant to Essence (2021) for Nez.
Foreword of Ryoko Sekiguchi