ITHAKA – C.P. Cavafy

Ithaka – C.P. Cavafy As you set out for Ithaka hope the voyage is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery. Laistrygonians and Cyclops, angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them: you’ll never find things like that on your way as long as you keep your thoughts raised high, as long as a rare excitement stirs your spirit and your body. Laistrygonians and Cyclops,…

excerpt “Diary of a Nose”

“Nowadays, most perfumes are made of ambroxan, phenyl ethyl alcohol, citronellol, coumarin, hedione, heliotropine, hydroxycitronellal, iso E, ionone, lilial, methyl ionone, synthesized musk, patchouli, synthesized sandalwood, salicylate and vanillin. What dictates this choice of products is their unchanging characteristics, their linearity. They are fragrant substances manufactured in vast quantities and used in all perfumes: they are tools.”  –  Jean-Claude Ellena Jean-Claude Ellena, 65, was born…

What is a perfumer?

‘Perfumers are chemists no more than is the painter who manipulates chemical colours. In itself, composing a perfume has nothing to do with chemistry. The Compositeur must not let himself be influenced by systematic thoughts. Only by considering each odour by itself and in its rapport with the other odours, without any preconceived idea, will he make the best use of it”   – Edmond…

Welcome message from M. Ferdinand Storp, drom CEO

FROM Grasse Perfumery> Grasseperfumery’s Blog 22 / 01 / 2013 The welcome message from M. Ferdinand STORP, DROM CEO Dear Students, Also a warm welcome from my side – from the side of the company which follows and supports you during your journey into perfumery here in Grasse in 2013. You already made a great step in your life, because you already discovered one of the…

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