There is an interesting interview of Jean-Claude Ellena in L'Express around the publication of his new book. It verifies certain impressions you get from the booklet he just put out: the intense pressure of the job (one feels a certain tension and negativity in his opus), a stylistic opposition with Serge Lutens, and most importantly perhaps the intrinsic, somewhat tragic, aspect of a profession where you aim to be a demanding artist, yet have to please many, many people in two short seconds (for the average perfume consumer). He in fact does not hesitate to say,
"Ce métier a cela de terrible que l'on a effectivement deux secondes, le temps d'un spray, pour séduire. Mais j'ai pour ma part le désir de plaire, pas seulement de séduire"~
"This craft has this terrible aspect to it, in that we indeed have only 2 seconds, the time of a spray, to seduce. But personally, I have the desire to please, not just to seduce."
He also lets out that he feels he has taken an (admittedly, calculated) risk in publishing his list of perfumery ingredients.......
He puts his usual stress on how his main aesthetic guideline is to streamline more and more citing his perfume First as the antithesis of what he does now and adding that this is also the "only advice" he gave to his daughter Céline when she decided to become a perfumer.
There are interesting details about his creations of Kelly-Calèche and Brin de Réglisse.
Reportedly, a new perfume scheduled to launch in May of 2008 inspired by the theme of the gardens of South East Asia is in the process of being completed.
Another interview with Jean-Claude Ellena here about his tastes in perfumes, amongst other things, also by Guillaume Crouzet.