Thursday, November 15, 2012

What Scents Do Perfumers Wear?

“I wear the fragrances I am creating. My skin is my work instrument. When I have the time to wear some fragrances, I like to smell of Féminité du bois or Ambre Sultan by Serge Lutens, or some of my earlier creations for Jo Malone London like English Pear & Freesia.” So says perfumer Christine Nagel, "creator of  Narciso Rodriguez for Her (with Francis Kurkdjian), and several blockbusters including Miss Dior Chérie and Dolce & Gabbana The One for Her, before moving in-house at Jo Malone London to put her unique spin on the company’s traditional blooms" as per one article appearing on Australian Vogue.

 Most perfumers and people professionally involved in fragrances do not wear perfumes on their own skin as a matter of course or when working, so as not to get distracted. Yet sometimes they do indulge in their own creations (to better gauge them), the odd classic or two an aside, or at least they're saying so to bring more attention to their work. Francis Kurkdjian, Olivier Cresp, Daniela Andrier, Anne Flipo, Fabrice Penot of Le Labo, Erwin Creed, Frédéric Malle, Romano Ricci of Juliette Has a Gun, and François Demachy (head perfumer for Dior) share their secrets with the readers of Australian Vogue. Read the whole article on this link.


  1. CedriCeCCentriC18:43

    Sorry but Calice Baker is not the composer of For Her, Miss Dior Chérie or the Jo Malone's, it's Christine Nagel...

    1. Yes - this is badly researched.

    2. Yes - this is badly researched.

  2. Miss Heliotrope00:48

    & it makes sense that they dont wear scent much of the time & especially at work - even with the lovely things they have access to, there is the need not to add to it yourself, not to mention the overload...

    There are times when it would be handy to be able to stop smelling, as one can close one's eyes.

  3. Oops, you're correct (just checked). Thanks for the correction!

  4. C,

    taking into consideration that due to the nature of my work I have downsized to wearing my personal choices only when not in the process of evaluating or consulting, I'd say that perfumers and art directors who are constantly immersed in this are naturally not "allowing" themselves this indulgence. They're also fatigued by the constant smell cloud they're in. ;-)

  5. Thanks for commenting Ranter.


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