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Thank you to Octavian, who covered Scent of Triumph on his blow, 1000Fragrances. Since he lives in Paris, he immediately recognized exactly where the cover photo was taken! See it here: http://bit.ly/JTqxqF

If you love perfumery, Octavian's blog is a great one to follow; he's very knowledgeable.

PS: If any of you have a book review blog, let me know, and I'll arrange an ebook or print copy for you.
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Published on April 29, 2012 09:45 • 123 views • Tags: book-review, book-reviewers, paris, perfume
Have been on a little hiatus on the blog for a few days... Have been hard at work on the Scentsa debut in Europe, first in Copenhagen for a brand new flagship store opening, and next in Paris. I'm adding photos on my Facebook page at JanMoranAuthor. Come join us!

Anyone from France or Denmark? Would love to hear from you. I'm also taking great notes for future books...

More later--we have our exciting debut in Sephora Copenhagen tomorrow! And for those new to our Scentsa family, my Fabulous Fragrances books were the predecessor to Scentsa--but Scentsa has advanced so much now it's hardly the same--much better now!
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Published on May 08, 2012 13:45 • 81 views • Tags: copenhagen, paris, scentsa, sephora
Since Scent of Triumph is about a French perfumer, I thought it would be interesting to bring another dimension of the senses—the olfactory sense—to the reading experience, especially for those in book clubs.

As I was writing Scent of Triumph, I would often set the scene—my own writing venue—with true-to-the-period (1939-1947) perfume, music, and, truth-be-told, the occasional glass of wine or snifter of cognac. (Of course, I won’t pretend that I was swilling a fine period wine from the 1940s, but I can make some good suggestions for more recent vintages!)

Good discussion questions for bookclubs include: What are YOUR favorite vintage fragrances? Women’s or men’s or both. Do you have any vintage fragrance memories of family members or first loves?

I have a special affinity for vintage perfume, and avidly follow the works of perfumers, both vintage and new. So, light a few candles, uncork the wine, and sniff these perfumes to your heart’s content. Let me know how you like this list, and which are your favorites. Will add more to this list later, and we can discuss individual perfumes and perfumers in greater detail, too.

Part I – Europe
Women
• Normandie by Jean Patou (1935)
• Shalimar by Guerlain (1925)
• Chanel No. 5 (1921)
• Joy by Jean Patou (1930)
• Cocktail by Jean Patou (1930)
• Habanita by Molinard (1921)
• Après L'Ondée by Guerlain (1906)
• Narcisse Noir by Caron (1912)
• Quelques Fleurs L'Original by Houbigant (1912)

Men
• Spanish Leather by Geo. F. Trumper (1902) English
• Chanel Eau de Cologne (1929) Unisex
• Mouchoir de Monsieur by Guerlain (1904)
• Jicky by Guerlain (1889)
• Eau de Cologne du Coq (1894 ) Unisex
• Dunhill for Men (1934)

Part II – America
Women
• Tabac Blond by Caron (1919)
• Vol de Nuit by Guerlain (1933)
• En Avion by Caron (1932)
• Bandit by Robert Piguet (1944)
• Blue Grass by Elizabeth Arden (1934)

Men
• Old Spice by Shulton (1937)
• Lavanda Imperiale by Santa Maria Novella (1937)
• Madrigal by Molinard (1935)

Part III – Europe
Women
• Nuit de Noël by Caron (1922)
• Cuir de Russie by Chanel (1927)
• Pour Une Femme de Caron (1942)
• Ma Griffe by Carven (1946)
• L’Heure Attendue (1946)

Men
• Citrus Bigarrade by Creed (1946) Unisex
• Portugal by Geo. F. Trumper (1938)


Scent of Triumph / A Historical Romance by Jan Moran
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Published on June 17, 2012 15:28 • 16,793 views • Tags: danielle-bretancourt, fiction, fragrance, historical-romance, novel, paris, perfume, perfumer, romance
If you’re dreaming of visiting Paris, or just dreaming, here’s a list of books set in the City of Light, as well as other parts of France. From new to classic, fiction to nonfiction, these books are sure to spark your interest in one of the world’s most fascinating cities.

What do you read when you want to get away? We all have favorite destinations, and one of my favorites is France. A glass of wine, a decadent delight (preferably dark chocolate), a crackling fire, a favorite perfume, something in silk…and a book that whisks me away to the romance of France.

Part of my novel, SCENT OF TRIUMPH, is set in Paris and Grasse, and on recent visits, I soaked up as much as I could in terms of history, food, culture, fashion, perfumery, art, and so much more.

Don’t see one on the list? Share your favorites in the comments below so others can share your joy, too!

Here are a few of my favorites. What would you add to the list?

Chocolat (Chocolat, #1) by Joanne Harris

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynn Sheene

The Last Time I Saw Paris by Elizabeth Adler

The Sweet Life in Paris  Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City by David Lebovitz

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo

Scent of Triumph  A Novel by Jan Moran


Still want more? Here’s a great list on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/p...
Scent of Triumph  A Novel by Jan MoranHave you read SCENT OF TRIUMPH yet? Here's a fun quiz I just posted about the book. Let me know how you like it and what score you earn!

http://www.goodreads.com/quizzes/2220...
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Published on November 24, 2012 13:35 • 5,721 views • Tags: love, paris, perfume, quiz, scent-of-triumph
On my last blog stop, I covered some classic French perfumes, but today I thought I’d share a duo of romantic perfumes that harbor an element of mystery. As you read on, you’ll understand why I chose Vol de Nuit and Narcisse Noir today—excellent choices for vampire aficionados!

NOTE: As a special treat, I've included a rare excerpt from Scent of Triumph on this blog stop. Chapter 29 is rarely excerpted, but it's one of my favorite chapters. The excerpt in on the blog. Also on the blog are fabulous vintage photos from Guerlain and Caron. Read on, or go here now: http://lorenzfont.wordpress.com/loren...


My novel, Scent of Triumph, is a suspenseful, historical saga surrounding a young French perfumer. The protagonist, Danielle Bretancourt, comes from a family of perfumers. This world of perfumery is her profession and her passion, so real vintage perfumes of the period are included throughout the book.

Vintage perfumes are rich in history, and their formulas have seduced decades of admirers. These fragrances are what I call the tried-and-true, as beloved today as when they were first introduced. They might be hard to find, but you’ll find it’s worth seeking out these perennial favorites.

Vol de Nuit by Guerlain (1933) – Another timeless classic from Jacques Guerlain, Vol de Nuit is a spicy, ambery Oriental scent designed for the elusive, assertive woman, and is one of the most sophisticated scents from the House of Guerlain. The sensual blend opens with fresh notes of mandarin and bergamot. Orange blossom and jonquil bloom in the heart, while vanilla, spices, and sandalwood create an aura of mystery.

Vol de Nuit, French for “night flight,” is presented in a classic Guerlain flacon. The dramatic gold-colored amber bottle is molded with the shape of French Air Force wings. Indeed, Vol de Nuit was created in homage to the daring aviators of the 1920s, and was named after the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry novel of the same name. Saint-Exupéry, also an avid aviator, was the author of many works, including Le Petit Prince.

The fragrance captures the essence of adventure, the spirit of exploration, the radiance of independence. It is an assertive scent of the 1930s; ideal for the modern woman of today.

Narcisse Noir by Caron (1912)-Created by the great perfumer Ernest Daltroff, founder of Caron, Narcisse Noir is based on the black narcissus, an exotic spring-blooming flower found in China and Persia. Narcissus is blended with aromatic sandalwood, which lends a sensual, lingering aura to a floral bouquet rife with rose and jasmine.

Narcisse Noir was one of the most important fragrances brought forth in 1912, an industrious year in the history of perfumery. It remains a truly enduring, sophisticated classic. Although Daltroff died in the 1940s, his company and fragrances live on, a tribute to his remarkable talent.

Read more here: http://lorenzfont.wordpress.com/loren...


Visit me at www.janmoran.com to learn more about fragrance and Scent of Triumph.
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Published on April 24, 2013 19:17 • 194 views • Tags: fragrance, french-perfume, narcisse-noir, paris, perfume, scent-of-triumph, vol-de-nuit