She Came to Stay by Simone de Beauvoir (1943)
Introduced by Timothy Han
This semi-autobiographical novel tells the story about our perceptions of a world on the edge of change. Told through the eyes of our protagonist who, while searching for fulfilment, challenges the oppressed stereotypes of the day. This book is about an individual observing the anxiety of a 1930s Paris under the growing political difficulties of the time and of their relationship both with themselves and those close to them.
Our debut fragrance at Editions Perfumes was inspired by this novel. The idea is to remove the isolation of our sense of smell by allowing the fragrance to work in harmony with – in this case, literature.
Which book would you choose to inspire a fragrance?