The Tools of the Perfumer.
my favorite is jasmine, heady,
strong, rich and intoxicating.
The word perfume is used today to describe scented mixtures and is derived from the Latin word, “per fumus“, meaning through smoke.
“Whether odors are good or bad doesn’t matter; these materials are like words, I use them to tell a story. Perfume has its own syntax, its own grammar. My nose is nothing more than a measuring instrument.”
“To create is to interpret odors by changing them into signs and for these signs to convey meaning.”
“Art is a lie that tells the truth”
My father did not drink, eat or even read without bringing to his nose the drink, meal, book or particular object. For him, things existed through their smells. He also taught me the importance of listening and sharing.
Perfume UK /ˈpɜr.fjuːm/ US /pərˈfjuːm/ or parfum is a mixture of fragrant essential oils or aroma compounds, fixatives and solvents used to give the human body, animals, food, objects, and living spaces “a pleasant scent.”
Perfumes have been known to exist in some of the earliest human civilizations, either through ancient texts or from archaeological digs. Modern perfumery began in the late 19th century with the commercial synthesis of aroma compounds such as vanillin or coumarin, which allowed for the composition of perfumes with smells previously unattainable solely from natural aromatics alone.
Pleasure is selfish. Luxury is something you share. The aim of perfumery, as all of the arts, is to create products to arouse sensual pleasure. As a man and as a composer of perfumes, I must feel the pleasure in order to get it. The pleasure of surprising, evoking, of suggesting, of hinting. Perfume is a story of odors, sometimes a poetry memory.
thanks to saskia and Art and Olfaction institute