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Making Scents With Three Professional Noses


There are a lot of misconceptions and questions about fragrance. For instance, people always say that fragrances wear differently depending on the wearer, or that if a scent has a fancy bottle, what's inside must be equally expensive.

Turns out that's not the case. Time Out New York recently talked with three noses from the fragrance house Drom. Pierre-Constantin Guéros, Valérie Garnuch-Mentzel, and Delphine Jelk shared a few insights they've gained from creating gorgeous scents throughout the years. Here's an excerpt:

Don’t be seduced by sexy bottles. Though you might think you’re unaffected by labels, who wouldn’t pick a flacon of Prada over Paris Hilton? But according to Garnuch-Mentzel and Guéros — who don both upscale and mass-market scents alike (Garnuch-Mentzel wears Ambre Sultan by Serge Lutens while Guéros switches between Chanel Pour Monsieur and Abercrombie & Fitch, none of which are their own creations) — you should look beyond pretty packaging and follow your nose.

Your musk don’t matter. Pheromones may unconsciously attract your next date, but they don’t affect how Axe body spray smells when you fog it on your chest. “Unless you eat very spicy food all the time, your body chemistry won’t change a fragrance,” explains Guéros. “That’s a bit of a myth — you’d have to have a trained nose to be able to distinguish how a scent smells differently on two people.”

If you're interested in fragrance, the entire piece is a must-read, with lots more tips on shopping for and wearing perfume.

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