The development of a perfume is absolutely comparable to the creation of any work of art, perhaps even more empirical than that of any other type of artistic or craft work.

    The perfumer is surrounded by a considerable number of odorous substances, mixing and dosing them, like a musician uses notes, following personal inspiration or experience to create a composition. Composing a fragrance is like creating an emotional symphony. Any composition considered art, be it a painting, a musical theme, a piece of literature, etc., must spark some reaction, an emotion or feeling. At its very best it makes the audience perceive reality differently than it did before experiencing it. Indeed, fragrance compositions do all these things brilliantly.
    Our perfumed history

    The term perfume is derived from the Latin "perfumum", which means "by smoke". It designates the odorous smoke released from resins burnt during votive rites. The earliest evidence of its use dates back to ancient Egyptians, frescoes, alabaster vases and terracotta artifacts found in pharaoh’s tombs. Indeed, perfume was then strictly reserved for the worship of the gods and the dead.

    Perfume’s history travels from Egypt to Greece, to Rome. Spices, incense and other perfume ingredients became available thanks to Alexander the Great’s conquests in the East, trading from China, India, Africa, Arabia. Animal-based scent ingredients – musk, ambergris – were used for the first time in Ancient Greece, adding a sensuousness to fragrance creation as well as lingering remanence.

    But modern perfumery is quite recent, dating to the late 19th Century mainly with the creation of synthetic ingredients and the dawn of great brand names and perfumers. Clearly, like in a painter’s pallet, the different ingredients, more commonly called “raw materials” in the perfume industry, will inspire the artist in his composition. This is why when making fragrances our perfumers consider raw material as being “emotional matter”.

    “Imagination is Queen of Faculties guiding the artist; it is imagination that has taught man the moral sense of color, of contour, of sound and of scent.” Charles Baudelaire