In Search of Perfumes with Dominique Roques

Sunday 30 October 2022
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Pearl Beach Hall, Diamond Rd, Pearl Beach

Entry $30 + booking fee
Includes cheese plate per table

2pm – 3pm

In Search of Perfumes with Dominique Roques
A Conversation with Stephanie Smee

Entry $30 + booking fee
Includes cheese platter per table

Sit in for a fragrant journey through the perfume trade at this afternoon conversation event. Joining us all the way from France, author Dominique Roques will regale us with his aromatic and adventurous tales of tracking down the most precious and intriguing natural ingredients, and their uses by prestigious perfume purveyors. We are thrilled that Roques will be joined in conversation with the book’s translator, Stephanie Smee.

The utterly stunning book In Search of Perfumes will be on sale at the event with thanks to The Book Shop Umina, and you can get your copy signed by Dominique and Stephanie.

Entry includes the conversation as well as a cheese plate to share per table. Beverages are BYO. 

Sunday 30 October
Doors 1:30pm
Conversation 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Book Signings from 3:00pm
Pearl Beach Hall
Diamond Rd, Pearl Beach, NSW
Entry $30 + booking fee


Dominique Roques

Dominique Roques is the head of sourcing at Firmenich, a Swiss company which provides the world’s leading perfume brands with natural fragrances, essences, and extracts. Over the last thirty years he has worked with companies such as Bulgari, Thierry Mugler, Guerlain and Yves Saint Laurent.

Stephanie Smee

Stephanie Smee is a literary translator, working mostly from French, who left a career in law to return to her love of languages. Her recent translations include Hélène Gaudy’s A World with No Shore, a thrilling re-imagining of a doomed 19th century Arctic expedition, Joseph Ponthus’s utterly extraordinary prose poem, On the Line, and Hannelore Cayre’s sparkling work of literary crime, The Godmother, included on the New York Times’ list of 100 Notable Books of 2019. Her translation of Françoise Frenkel’s rediscovered WWII memoir, No Place to Lay One’s Head was awarded the JQ-Wingate Prize, 2019. She is delighted to have had the privilege of translating Dominique Roque’s In Search of Perfumes – the enthralling account of a life spent travelling the four corners of the globe, on the hunt for the most elusive and exotic of scents.

About the Book

In Search of Perfumes
Dominique Roques

In Search of Perfumes is a fragrant journey across the world, revealing the beauty and mysteries of the perfume trade.

Fruits, flowers, spices, bark, leaves and branches are just some of the natural ingredients from the plant world that are used in the creation of perfume. Dominique Roques, travelling from Andalusia to Somaliland by way of Bulgaria, Laos, El Salvador, Indonesia and Egypt, describes his search to find the best natural ingredients, precious to perfumers everywhere. He also visits Kununurra in Western Australia, which helped bring back India’s sacred tree Sandalwood after years of exploitation.

In Search of Perfumes demonstrates how the prestigious multi-million-dollar perfume industry may begin its life as a single plant harvested by producers surviving on ancestral traditions and techniques and often risking their lives in the process as they combat the rising threat of climate change. Roques reveals the beauty and mysteries of a familiar trade; a return to the source of the world’s scents.

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