Scent of a woman

Some of our favourite fra­grances are created by women. The mak­ers share what makes their scents spe­cial


The art be­hind cre­at­ing a fra­grance is more com­plex than we think, and “noses” or per­fumers study for sev­eral years, usu­ally in chem­istry, to cre­ate the sig­na­ture fra­grances we all in­vest in. For the long­est time “noses” re­mained hid­den in their lab­o­ra­to­ries, but are now tak­ing own­er­ship of their cre­ations and speak about the jour­ney to cre­at­ing mes­meris­ing juices.

Per­fumer: Chris­tine Nagel

“The air mixes with a salty spray and the min­eral tex­ture of sand and rock. It has a nat­u­ral and fresh so­phis­ti­ca­tion – a com­plex com­bi­na­tion of wood and the sea is at its core. The feel­ing is of free-spir­ited lib­erty and joy.” Jo Mal­one Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne R1 755

Per­fumer: Honorine Blanc

“From its heart is a sig­na­ture of nar­cotic white flo­rals that form the tex­ture of silk-like petals. They’re held in an em­brace of creamy warmth, form­ing a scent that is soft yet last­ing.” La Mia Perla R1 265

Per­fumer: Honorine Blanc and Christo­pher Ray­naud

“A dar­ing fra­grance with un­ex­pected con­trast be­tween a sen­sual cream ac­cord and spicy car­damom. It’s an au­da­cious ex­plo­sion of fem­i­nin­ity faceted with jas­mine, gar­de­nia and gin­ger flower ac­cords, com­bined with rasp­berry and man­darin notes.” Cacharel Yes I am 50 ml R990

Per­fumer: Louise Turner

“The lu­mi­nes­cent green depths of these pre­cious stones sym­bol­ise the fra­grance’s power of fas­ci­na­tion. It’s a lux­u­ri­ous dream, a flo­ral ori­en­tal am­bery fra­grance that con­veys the ra­di­ance of the pre­cious stone. Roberto Cavalli Gemma Di Par­adiso 50 ml R1 115

Per­fumer: Mathilde Lau­rent

“I first smelled 1919 Mit­souko at age six; I didn’t con­sciously fall in love with fra­grances. You just smell some­thing and don’t re­alise it stays there for years.”Cartier La Pan­there EDP R1 050

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