The warmth of your skin after sitting on the beach all day, sea salt stuck to your hair and skin, the smell of sand and sweat, palm trees with coconuts swaying above, the dusk that is turning the sky a million different pinks and oranges. The driftwood that is burning in the beach bonfire, the cool glasses of rose that are being passed around, sweet incense and olibanum.
Mentor: Jim Schmidt.
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How did you find out about the fragrance industry?
I found out about the industry during my first class of the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Program. The class was called History of Beauty and I absolutely fell in love with the idea of the Perfumery. I told my Professor after that first class that I was going to be a perfumer. Here I am!
What made you want to be a perfumer?
I couldn't believe that there was a whole job where you could just create fragrances all day long. I was enthralled! It was so fascinating to me that all the products and perfumes that we touch and use every day, that our grandmothers and mothers have used before us were created by a perfumer. To be able to influence people's everyday lives and experiences were what made me want to be a perfumer. It's one of the greatest gifts that I was ever given!
What are some of your favorite and least favorite scents?
Lily of the valley, hyacinths at Easter, lilacs in the spring, soft leather, a bonfire on a summer night, the beach, suntan lotion, dove soap that reminds me of my Grammy. Least- dimethyl sulfide, old grease, mothballs, old cigarette smoke, E train in the summer...
What are the hardest obstacles you have found when working in perfumery?
REGULATORY, due dates, price, raw material shortage, raw material costs, client expectations.
- - -The American Society of Perfumers is a members-only organization of established professionals in the art and science of perfumery:
"Our mission is to Educate, Support and Promote the Perfumer in the fragrance industry both domestically and abroad. Together with other industry organizations, we ensure appropriate regulatory guidelines and standards set for safe and beautiful fragrances. The high code of perfumery ethics established by our organization maintains respect for perfumery as an artistic work of the mind. Most importantly, we strive to inspire artistic creativity, incorporate scientific ingenuity and maintain the integrity of our profession.