‘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 Roudnitska (1905–1996) French master perfumer and author, Edmond is known for creating some of the most famous perfumes in the world, such as Dior’s Eau Sauvage and Diorissimo, and Rochas’s Femme. Many of his creations are still in production today. – Wikipedia

“The very selection a perfumer makes of the raw materials to be used as ingredients in a new formulation is the best of all possible standards for appraising the originality, the initiative and the genius of the creative perfumer, on which the success of the new perfume is entirely dependent. And while it is possible to devise a method which will enable the apprentice perfumer to understand and to acquire some sort of the technique, in perfumery as in many other fields many will be called but few chosen, since the essential qualities which lead to success cannot be taught, any more than can be taught enthusiasm, the joy of living and of creating, and the love for one’s calling. These are innate qualities without which there is no great perfumer.”

– Jean Carles (1892–1966) French perfumer who worked in Roure (now part of Givaudan) in the early 20th century. He was the founder of the Roure Perfumery School and served as its first director in 1946. He went on to create works such as Ma Griffe (Carven) and Miss Dior (Christian Dior). – Wikipedia


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