#203 Perfumers Desk Display
Like an armchair traveler, a modern day perfumer sits alone in his laboratory surrounded by hundreds of perfume bottles containing fragrant treasures from around the world. Open one bottle and he is transported to Provence in the south of France where in May Rosa centifolia is harvested. Open another and the vast jasmine plantations of Morrocco fill his brain. A third bottle may catapult our perfumer to Sri Lanka, land of spices, among them the majestic santal, a sacred tree whose bark yields sandalwood’s warm, milky fragrance. Capturing nature’s fragrant secrets, transforming them into precious essences and blending them perfectly to compose a new melody is the mysterious art of the perfumer. Equipped with a vast range of odorus materials, the perfumer sets to work, knowing that as Jean-Francois Blayn, the perfume historian has said “a perfume is composed not of a sum of fragrances, but of the relationship between them.” In order for le nez to keep their own nose fresh, it is recommended that the process of smelling be: 3 seconds of olfaction at intervals of at least 15 seconds in order to avoid saturation of the olfactory sense, also know as odor fatigue. A great perfumer is a true artist whose creation provokes emotion from those who smell it.