April 5, 2012

A Lost Fragrance: Guerlain's Pois de Senteur

After having the privilege to review THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES (check out my review here!), it is my honor to welcome author M.J. ROSE to the blog today to share a little about one of the lost fragrances she's discovered.


I've been fascinated with lost fragrances since long before I started writing The Book of Lost Fragrances... since I found a bottle of perfume on my great grandmother's dresser that had belonged to her mother in Russia. Here is one of those lost fragrances that stirs the senses and the imagination... (researched and described with the help of the perfume writer Dimitrios Dimitriadis)


Pois de Senteur (or sweet pea) has a delicate perfume - one that has been memorialized many times by many perfumers. In 1917, Guerlain launched their own interpretation which strayed away from the norm and focused on rich florals and, nectar-like honey accords - painting an impressionistic picture of a spring garden with flowers in bloom.

Pois de Senteur has a citrus/orange flower opening, rousing notes of iris, hyacinth and rose over a balsamic woody base. The sum of all components left a sensation of a lazy bumble-bee - moving from one blossom to another - humming in the ears. Long since retired, Pois de Senteur is a perfume paradigm of the pre-Art Deco age.


Thank you so much M.J. for sharing about this interesting and quite intriguing scent! It's made me curious enough to wish I could smell it for myself and see if it evokes that sort of emotion in me when I do.

M.J. Rose is the international best selling author of eleven novels and two non-fiction books on marketing. Her next novel THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES (Atria/S&S) will be published in March 2012. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in many magazines and reviews including Oprah Magazine. She has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors - Authorbuzz.com. The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose's novels in the Renincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and runs the blog- Buzz, Balls & Hype. She is also the co-founder of Peroozal.com and BookTrib.com.

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.

For more information on M.J. Rose and her novels, please visit her WEBSITE. You can also find her on Facebook.

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