Thirteen thoughts from perfumers around the globe. Each perfumer profiled at Perfume Polytechnic has been presented with the same set of thirteen questions that probe into scent memories, imagination, education, history, the creative process and philosophy. Tune in each week for a new instalment to learn more about the olfactory arts and how perfumers think about smell.
Janice Breen Burns
Voxfrock was intrigued by Fleurage. A perfumer! we thought. How lovely. But, weren’t perfumers Genoan? Or Parisien? Or extinct? Or, at best, strapped to the labs of mega scent factories operated by global designer brands? Voxfrock’s historic knowledge of the profession was pathetically limited. We knew of Ernest Beaux who concocted the legendary No. 5. for Coco Chanel. And, there was the mythical, murderous “gifted and abominable” Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, lead character of author, Patrick Suskind’s small, disturbing literary masterpiece, “Perfume”. We knew about him. But, that was about it. So, on a cold, quiet Friday morning, with legendary Vogue photographer Monty Coles, we arrange to meet Miss Emma Leah in her little Fleurage empire on South Melbourne’s wide, tram-tracked Park Street.
Create your own perfume – Part two
My Create Your Own Perfume experience was a one-on-one experience with perfumer Emma Leah and took about two hours. The session took place in the Atelier, which is a combination of workspace and shop. Fleurage is a gorgeously decorated old shop, very stylish with vintage and Art Deco accents. Part two process.