I haven't quite managed to get back onto the frenetic merry-go-round that I fondly call Normal Life (my soul is still on a lilo, bobbing along to the tune of Mediterranean waves), but as promised, here's the long-awaited draw for a signed copy of Jean-Claude Ellena's The Diary Of A Nose. Slim and contemplative, the book raises more questions than it answers, which is another way of saying that it serves as an excellent companion to its author's enigmatic, deceptively transparent fragrances.
To enter the draw, all you have to do is leave a comment on the controversial subject of perfumery as an art and/or craft. Yes, I know I'm opening a can of worms here, but don't worry, I'm not expecting you to produce a thesis. Just write down the first few lines that come to your head. Do you consider perfume creation to be an art or a craft? Do you see a difference between the two? Is the question even relevant? Feel free to interpret the topic in any way you wish. And don't forget to read the terms and conditions below before you enter.
To get you started, here's what Ellena himself has to say on the subject.
Craftsman, artist: I have never managed to settle for one or other of these definitions for myself. I feel like a craftsman when I am completely wrapped up in making a perfume; I feel like an artist when I imagine the perfume I need to make. In fact, I constantly juggle with the two standpoints. If perfume is first and foremost a creation of the mind, it cannot actually be created without the mastery of true skill.
Draw Terms & Conditions
i) the draw will be closed at 10 pm (UK time) on Monday 10th September; ii) the winner will be selected at random and will be announced on this blog on Tuesday 11th September; iii) readers from anywhere in the world are eligible to enter; iv) relatives of anyone associated with Persolaise.com are not permitted to enter; v) the winner's address will not be kept on record by Persolaise, nor will it be passed to any third parties; vi) if the winner has not made contact with me by Tuesday 18th September, an alternative winner may be selected.