Meet Shyamala Maisondieu — Givaudan Perfumer

“I was always looking up at the stars…”   Find out why Givaudan perfumer Shyamala Maisondieu came to craft both niche and selective fragrances, and what drives her to bring a perfume to its best.   Produced and Directed by Sarah Colton Filmed by Frédéric Di Meo Edited by Catherine Villeminot Music “Ciuman Murah Mu” […]

Esxence, The Spirit of Niche Perfume

  Following the enthusiastic response to my February 17, 2015 ‘Pre-Esxence’ post, in which François Duquesne, CEO of Beauty Entreprise dubbed Esxence ‘The Sundance of Artistic Niche Fragrances, I thought it was only fair to let my other niche perfume friends chime in on their thoughts about Esxence. So, I contacted a bunch of people […]

Map of the Heart

One of the most gratifying aspects of going to Pitti Fragranze year after year is watching things grow. Brands, fragrances, people, ideas, and trends. Held in Florence every September, Pitti Fragranze, an international artistic perfumery trade fair, brings together all that is fine in the artistic perfumery sector.   This year one of the most exciting […]

Arquiste for J.Crew Perfume Launch

No. 57 and No. 31  ‘Arquiste for J.Crew’ Perfumes Launch in All US and International J.Crew Stores     This past week, while vacationing in my hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, I had the thrilling experience discovering that one of my favorite American fashion brands, J.Crew, had been working with one of my favorite artistic […]

When A Raw Material Speaks to You, Take Note

Photo Courtesy Givaudan: Vetiver at Baie des Cayes, Haiti       I have always loved vetiver, perhaps more than any other raw material. Something about its dry-edged green earthiness has always spoken to me. It recalls the mellow brown of a cigar or beautifully tanned leather, but there’s also a brightness to it, and a saltiness […]

Exciting News at Hermès

  Hermès has announced that perfumer Christine Nagel will join the company in March 2014 to work with Jean-Claude Ellena, the current in-house perfumer. In a brief press announcement Catherine Fulconis, CEO, Hermès Parfums said: “…The arrival of Jean-Claude Ellena in 2004 marked the start of a new journey for Hermès. Ten years later, we […]