NOSE PROFESSION!

HOW I TOOK MY FIRST STEPS AND WHERE I LEARNED THE ART OF PERFUMERY.

FRAGRANCE DESIGNER BETWEEN INSTINCT AND TRAINING.

This month I would like to dedicate an article on the blog to the school that I owe everything or almost everything to. ISIPCA, in Paris.

But before starting I would like to make a small digression. It’s not just a prestigious school that makes a perfumer. You need instinct, a strong predisposition, character and creative verve. As well as a notable dose of perseverance.

ISIPCA IN PARIS. THE SCHOOL OF PERFUMERY!

We are talking about the most prestigious Perfumery School in the world. In addition to Grasse, the undisputed capital of perfumery, the most famous and oldest school is ISIPCA in Paris, founded by Jean Jaques Guerlain in 1970. And it is precisely here that my whole journey began.

It was 2001 when I arrived in Paris to study with the best teachers. I can truly consider myself privileged to have had the opportunity to meet professors and experts in the sector. Thanks to them I trained and developed my olfactory talent and gave birth to the profession of fragrance designer. I’m talking about Jean Kerleo, Jean Claude Ellena, Patricia de Nicolai, Pierre Dinand, J.J.Etienne, just to name a few. Each of them filled my olfactory tool belt!

Do you know that my program was the first in English? Before 2001 they were all strictly in French!

Patricia de Nicolai and Claudia Scattolini
Patricia de Nicolai and Claudia Scattolini

I left Peschiera del Garda with many doubts, fears, uncertainty, but with a great passion and a boundless desire to learn the art of perfumery. I felt, after graduating in Pharmacy, that this would be my path.

ARE NOSES BORN OR IS IT JUST ATTITUDE?

It is easy to imagine us professionals as special talents, endowed with a sense of smell so developed as to represent a true exception. And instead, as I mentioned at the beginning of this article, a good “nose” is achieved with experience and practice. The training courses to become perfumers and noses consist of theory, laboratory and lots of olfactory training. The students’ sense of smell is trained just like a coach would do with a promising sportsman. In fact, olfactory memory is the basis of the profession. It is necessary to know how to distinguish the notes of a fragrance to be able to create your own, dosing the aromas in the right percentages. And then there is the whole legislative, technical, financial and bureaucratic part.

In short, a profession truly full of specific connotations and requirements, all necessary and all connected to each other.

ISIPCA AND THE TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS MASTERS.

A brief mention of a very important anniversary of ISIPCA which in 2023 celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the EFCM Masters, European Fragrance and Cosmetic Master.

And precisely on the occasion of this celebration I had the honour of speaking at the Parisian event with a speech for the students. I talked about my experience at ISIPCA and how important my studies here were. And at the end of the celebration all the students received as a souvenir a ceramic scented with my fragrance, created for the 800th anniversary of the University of Padua! A truly unique emotion to remember!

FRAGRANCE DESIGNER. THE PROFESSION. CONCLUSIONS.

This olfactory narrative could not end without a mention of the Osmothèque, the olfactory library within ISIPCA.

An immense archive where all the formulas of the most famous existing and past perfumes are preserved. An exclusive place of worship, a popular destination for all perfume lovers. Osmothèque was born in 1990 and is the first perfume archive in history. If you are planning a trip to Paris, you can’t miss this experience!

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