Meet Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour and Author Denyse Beaulieu in London

Me? Kvetchy?

Me? Torrid?

Superstar perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour and The Perfume Lover author Denyse Beaulieu will be making an appearance on Wednesday, July 25th at the L'Artisan Parfumeur shop in London's Covent Garden. Duchaufour and Beaulieu will be discussing their collaboration on Séville à l'aube, the incense-kissed orange blossom perfume inspired by a page out of Denyse's torrid past. (Read The Perfume Lover to flesh out the full story of both perfume and torrid past.) The sniff'n'chat sessions will take place in the afternoon at 2:30-3:45, 4:00-5:15, and 5:30-6:45.

I will be interviewing the dynamic duo at the 2:30 session, so join us for insights on the creation process of a beautiful perfume. In her book, Denyse and Bertrand's interaction comes off at times like a that of an old bickering married couple, so I'm interested to see if they're as kvetch-tastic in person. Let's hope they're not on their boring best behavior.

Any questions you'd like me to ask them? Let me know in the comments.

UPDATE: I filmed the interview and will be uploading it to KP Smells soon.

L'Artisan Parfumeur is located at 13 The Market Building, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RB. Phone 020 3040 3030 to book your spot at one of the sessions.


  1. Oh, lucky you! You'll have so much fun. :)
    After reading the book, I'm also intrigued by how their interaction looks like.
    There was something I wanted to ask Mr. Duchafour (after I read the book) but for the life of me I can't remember now. :(
    I wonder how many perfume projects he has planned for this year alone? He seems to be rather proficient lately and all of it very good.
    I love Chypre Palatin and I want a bottle of Seville. :)

  2. Looks great, Katie!

    Have you ever smelled L'artisan's Drole de Rose? Lots of opposing viewpoints on that one, I'd be curious to hear what you think.

  3. Darn it, I will be going to the later session....

  4. I read Denyse Beaulieu's book on the creation of Seville a l'Aube after tried I it. I found the perfumery aspect of the books interesting (although I knew much of the lore, it was still interesting to hear another take on it). I also liked that a lot of the ideas behind the creation of the perfume, as detailed in the book, were also ideas I arrived at in my interpretation of the perfume before having read it. Altogether this made for me a good project for exploring the relationship between perfume, its criticism and its creation. The only proviso is that I would maybe have liked to had heard seperately from Duchaufour, within the content of the book, about the more technical aspects of creating the perfume and more ideas to do with how he achieved a form with which he was pleased. I also should add that I liked the perfume a lot. But most of all I liked that although Denyse Beaulieu had created a perfumery project of a certain form, which included both a perfume and its criticism, she hadn't done it in a way that pronounced it as being anything more than it was. An exercise in style and taste as far as I am concerned, executed with the minimum of fuss.

  5. Hi Katie. Did you ever post the interview? Can't find it.

    1. Val, I haven't yet edited it but it will be coming up in the next month. Sorry for my tardiness. I'm mastering a new editing technology...I'll get there!

  6. Thanks! Just recently started my perfume obsession and found your blog. Love! I ordered Perfume Lover from the UK because I couldn't wait to read it, and am looking forward to the interview!