Atlas of Perfumed Botany by Jean-Claude Ellena (Hardcover)

Atlas of Perfumed Botany by Jean-Claude Ellena (Hardcover)

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The Atlas of Perfumed Botany is a cartography of fragrance that charts the botany and geography of perfume composition, created by one of the greatest living French perfumers, Jean-Claude Ellena.

For perfume makers, each smell carries with it a multitude of associations and impressions that must be carefully analyzed and understood before the sum of all its parts emerges. All perfumers have their own idiosyncratic methods, drawn from their individual olfactory experiences, for classifying fragrances. In Atlas of Perfumed Botany, virtuoso perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena leads readers on a poetic, geographic, and botanical journey of perfume discovery. Ellena offers a varied and fascinating cartography of fragrances, tracing historical connections and cultural exchanges. Full-page entries on plants ranging from bergamot to lavender are accompanied by detailed and vivid full-color botanical illustrations. 


Jean-Claude Ellena was steeped in perfumery from an early age in Grasse, France, when he picked jasmine with his grandmother to sell to perfume houses. He attended Givaudan's famous perfumery school in 1968 and became a professional perfumer working in Geneva, Paris and Grasse. He famously became the in-house perfumer of  luxury brand Hermès for fourteen years starting in 2004. Since that time, he has been creating fragrances for a number of of niche brands, including Laboratorio Olfattivo (see Baliflora, Tuberosis and his Viaggio in Italia collection here at Ministry of Scent).

Illustrated by Karin Doering-Froger

Published 2022 by The MIT Press, 168 pages, hardcover

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Excellent and Beautiful

A treasure of perfume materia. Jean-Claude Ellen shares his esteemed experience and artform generously. For the curious reader it is informative in the historical information and intimate from the personal perspective of the writer. The French to English translation is seamless. The illustration lush, but instructive showing all plant parts with a modern twist. I believe this book is a wonderful addition to any library, but especially that of the perfumer, the aromatic enthusiast and the Aromatherapist.

Wonderful book

I am enjoying this book so much. It's the perfect reference book for botanical perfume ingredients. The illustrations are lovely and M. Ellena's writing is very enlightening. Highly recommend it.

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