The interview Les Bains Guerbois
Where and how did you learn to become a Nose?
I learned perfumery in Grasse at the Grasse Institute of Perfumery, then, a year later, I joined Robertet under the wing of Michel Almairac.
What is a typical day in the perfume development process like?
When I’m not responding to specific client briefs, I take time for myself, to find new agreements and new ideas.
Where do you get your inspiration? For 1900 L’Heure de Proust?
I draw my inspiration from everything around me. It can come from nature, by smelling a perfume in the street, from food…
What is the key ingredient in 1900 L’Heure de Proust?
I would say black tea for the smoky aspect and bergamot which brings a fresh and cheerful touch.
How many ingredients did you use in this formula and how do the dominant notes interact with each other?
There are around 20 ingredients. Each has a particular role. The key ingredients give the olfactory signature of the perfume while the others come in support adding facets to the main idea.
How do you determine when the perfect balance is reached and the fragrance is finished?
I reach the perfect balance when I am able to distinguish all the facets of the fragrance and they match perfectly.
What makes 1900 L’Heure de Proust so unique? What is it that particularly affects you?
First, there is the black tea that gives the signature of the perfume. Then the earthy notes of vetiver and finally the smoky and intriguing aspect that palo santo gives to the fragrance. Bergamot and blueberry bring an unexpected twist to the fragrance. A smile with every spray.
What do you think makes a perfume iconic and timeless?
An iconic fragrance is never forgotten. A high quality perfume is timeless.