The Secret of Chanel No. 5

The Secret of Chanel No. 5

The Intimate History of the World's Most Famous Perfume

Book - 2010
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"Who knew that such a tiny bottle housed so many secrets?" --Michael Tonello, author of Bringing Home the Birkin

Tilar J. Mazzeo, author of the New York Times bestseller The Widow Clicquot (an Amazon Best of the Month book in October 2008) returns with a captivating history of the world's most famous, seductive, and popular perfume: Chanel No. 5. Mazzeo's sweeping story of the iconic scent (known as "le monstre" in the fragrance industry) stretches from Coco Chanel's early success to the rise of the seminal fragrance during the 1950s to the confirmation of its bestseller status in today's crowded perfume market.

"Here is the life of one of the 20th century's most interesting and deeply complicated women, a fascinating cultural history, and the story of an extraordinary perfume." --Chandler Burr, New York Times scent critic and author of The Perfect Scent

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061791017
Characteristics: xix, 281 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Jan 25, 2013

In the same style as the author’s previous world 'The Widow Clicquot', Tilar Mazzeo has presented a thoughtful and very well researched book on the history of the Chanel No 5 perfume. The book includes the story behind the development of the fragrance, and the stories behind the people involved in that development, including 'Coco' Chanel. If you want the biography of 'Coco' Chanel, choose another book, as this one focuses on the fragrance and it's history.

Jul 05, 2011

I wear Chanel perfumes so that's why I borrowed this book at all. Some interesting notes about Coco Chanel's life and technical details about how the perfume is actually made but you have to wade thru a lot of info to find them. It was a tedious book but I plodded thru it hoping it would get better. It didn't.


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