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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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machula machula 9 years
that example with prada and paris hilton is not good; i'd choose prada anytime over any of hilton's scents. it's not about packaging, it's about art and craft for that matter. the musk DOES matter, the way a perfume should smell ideally is only on a paper strip. as soon as applied on skin, it changes, sometimes more, sometimes less, that's exactly where the musk comes in, so i'd strongly disagree with that. never store a perfume in the fridge. bottles should be kept well closed, ideally in the original paper box or if missing, in a dark place, and always dry. i'm not sure about fridge being a dry place... i definitely agree with the advice to wait and try several times before purchasing. saves a lot of trouble and disappointment
almostloli almostloli 9 years
" you should look beyond pretty packaging and follow your nose." wohooo very very difficult. i am a sucker for pretty bottles and packagings
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Great info...
kgrinn kgrinn 9 years
this article seems like total BS to me. doesn't coffee help because it is (likely) totally different from perfumes you're trying to smell? doesn't it help for pulse points because that's where you sweat, and that activates the perfume in a way? and i feel this guy is completely wrong about the musk thing. i can't wear stella mccartney because it's too heavy on me, but on my sister it smells fantastic and much lighter.
hboogie hboogie 9 years
I've had the same experience as Princess Eab. I can't wear Angel by Thierry Muglier because the patchouli just rises to the top and reeks on me, but it smells so good on others. So even though these guys are experts I call B.S. on that theory.
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
I don't understand.... why do fragrances not work on everyone, then? If they really smell the same on everyone's skin? Sure, people have personal preferences but I have also smelled perfume on two different people that worked wonderfully on one and stunk on the other. I read the article but I would be interested in an answer to this.
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
Very interesting. Thanks!
geohiker geohiker 9 years
I love to read about - and smell - perfume ideas!
cocomademoiselle cocomademoiselle 9 years
Useful and very interesting information! Thanks Bella
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