Think of the most iconic fragrances and it’s easy to name the brand, but you probably don’t know the name of the perfumer behind it. But why? For many years perfumers were hidden away in their scent dens, never to be unveiled to the world, particularly women - who were either refused employment or remained faceless behind the scenes while their male counterparts took the glory. We all know the iconic Valley of Roses perfume designer- Andriana... but what other female designers are out there?
Dolce and Gabbana The One
Designer: Christine Nagel
Nagel is currently the first female head perfumer for Hermès but started her career as a research chemist and market analyst. 'The One' is up there with Dolce and Gabbana's best selling perfumes of all time. The One is a fragrance for an exceptional woman who instantly draws attention, not only with her looks, but also with her manners, pose and inner world. Soft and luxurious, it's absolutely a bottle to add to the collection.
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J'adore by Dior
Designer: Calice Becker
President of the prestigious International Society of Perfume Creators, Becker trained at the largest perfumery school in Grasse, the Roure (now the Givaudan Perfumery School). Her tutelage under the renowned perfumer Franchise Caron inspired her to create some stunning fragrances, including Estée Lauder Beyond Paradise (2003) and Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Girl (1996), but there’s possibly none more identifiable than award-winning J’Adore by Christian Dior, which launched in 2009 and is still one of the world’s most loved and best-selling scents.
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Tresor by Lancome
Designer: Sophia Grojsman
In 2016, Sophia Grojsman was awarded the Perfumer of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award by The Fragrance Foundation, and rightly so. One of the most prolific perfumers of our time, creating iconic scents for the last 30 years, her nose is behind the likes of award-winning Estée Lauder White Linen (1978), Calvin Klein Eternity (1988), and Paris by Yves Saint Laurent (1983). But of all her fragrances, Lancôme Trésor from 1990 is iconic from the bottle to the floral-oriental liquid, and is one of the most popular scents in the world.
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