A glimse into the office and the process of a perfumer...
When asked, "What do you do for a living"?, I sometimes jokingly answer, "I play with molecules".
But not all molecules have a fragrance. As a perfumer, I work only with fragrance molecules. A typical perfumer's organ contains single molecules produced in the laboratory as well as complex materials of natural origin. My personal organ contains a quantity of materials from both categories.
These performance molecules come in many sizes, shapes, and families. Their function is to impart specific fragrance qualitites that can be sculpted into perfume.
I keenly enjoy the challenge of balancing the scientific aspects of botany, phsysiology, chemistry and toxicology with the history and the art of sculpting with air.
April 10, 2010