A true jack of all trades and hyperactive, Silvio Levi is a key figure in the so-called niche perfumery (in Italy, one might say more artistic).At the head of a perfume brand, a distribution company, and the organiser of the Esxence show in Milan, he created, before the summer, Essencional, an information website dedicated to independent perfumery.
When you are a perfume lover, or simply curious to know more, how do you acquire olfactory culture? How can you satisfy your thirst for knowledge?
The Osmothèque is home to perfumes that are part and parcel of people’s lives and memories. Whether they are still on store shelves or long gone, they are all fragments of a collective consciousness.
During a perfume’s life cycle, the formula may change. Alexandra Kosinski (CPL Aromas), explains how perfumers go about it.
In his quest to emphasise the artistic dimension of perfume as an experience that expands and intensifies life, Ludovic Bonneton has created an approachable and joyous brand.
How do you launch an independent brand in a landscape that has reached saturation point? What mistakes should be avoided in order to stand out from the profusion of products? An overview by François Hénin, founder of Jovoy.
How does a major company develop a new perfume? Karine Lebert explains how L’Oréal has taken the innovative step of setting up an in-house olfactory department.
Audrey Barbéra, Global Account Director with Symrise, shares her inside knowledge about developing a fragrance.
How is the distribution network of the world’s largest market organised? How is it evolving? François Duquesne, founder of Maison Duquesne and a distributor in the United States, tells us all.
The past 20 years or so have seen robots becoming increasingly involved in weighing out formulas alongside fragrance compounders. Answers from Bernard Maccini, Chief Perfumer and head of the fragrance production site for Payan Bertrand.
Cristina Castellanos tells us how the production process unfolds at this Spanish composition company specialising in fine and functional fragrances.
Artificial intelligence programs are gradually becoming part of the perfume development process. Jean-Christophe Hérault, senior perfumer at IFF, explains the implications of what is sometimes referred to as a revolution.
Perfumers become an integral and crucial part of a true ecosystem and they are involved in every stage in the development of a new creation as Mathilde Laurent explains.
Perfumers are often involved in selecting the ingredients that make up their company’s palette. Véronique Nyberg, perfumer and vice-president of fine fragrances at Mane, discusses this crucial mission.
Fragrance houses train their youngest recruits by placing them under the wing of one or more experienced creators, as Domitille Michalon-Bertier, senior perfumer at IFF explains.
An ever-growing number of innovations make it possible to obtain synthetic molecules from renewable resources. Explanations, with Jonathan Warr, Vice-President for Research & Development at Takasago.
Why then are synthetic ingredients more useful and necessary than we think? And what exactly is green chemistry? Xavier Fernandez shares his insights.
After emerging in the 1960s and 1970s, supercritical CO2 extraction is now carving an ever-bigger place for itself in the perfumer’s palette.
Perfumer Suzy Le Helley (Symrise) tells us the story of the close-knit collaboration with Madagascar small-scale producers and the issues involved.
Juliette Karagueuzoglou, senior perfumer at International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), details the different fields of innovation at Laboratoire Monique Rémy (LMR).