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Analogies between photography and perfumery

After a childhood and an adolescence during which I learnt how to escape from reality, having the opportunity to work in the mysterious perfumery sector was very exciting to me.

Fragrances eventually came into my professional life in 2000.

I remember being impressed the first time I spoke with a perfumer on his art. How could he recall so many aromatic ingredients? How could he detect all of them in one fragrance? Is there a secret behind it all? No, no secret but a lot of hard work and many years of experience. The more I got to learn about the sector, the more fascinated I was.

Music and perfumery are usually compared as both sectors use notes to create a piece of music or a fragrance. But with experience in both photography and perfumery, I can tell you they have many interesting similarities too.

A smell is invisible; it is a sort of spirituality. We do not see it, but there it is. No need to question it. It will make such an unconscious impression on you that you might remember it forever. Photography has also some sort of mysticism. It captures fleeting moments to make them last forever.

While in the process of creating a fragrance, a perfumer plays on the different ingredients in the formula to get the perfect balance to suit the story he wishes to tell, highlighting some notes while leaving others in the dark, just like a photographer does with light.

The evocative power of a fragrance is similar to that of a picture. The smell reminds you of a place or a situation. The place or situation depicted in a picture might remind you what happened and how it smelt during that moment.

While a fragrance metamorphoses the person that wears it, an image metamorphoses the world we live in through the vision of the photographer.

In Japan, they listen to fragrances. The ritual is known as Kodo. Fragrances have something to tell, like pictures do. They tell us a lot about the world around us, and about ourselves.

Both photography and perfumery, in their artistic forms, speak to the heart. They are connected directly to our emotions. They are wonderful vehicles to tell stories.

It is no surprise that perfumery and photography go hand in hand to tell us emotional stories. Day after day, this is what I am, a raconteur, whatever the medium I use: photography or perfumery.


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Belle découverte !

Singulières, inédites, très abouties, de très grande qualité : ces testeurs vous permettront, à votre rythme, d'essayer ces fragrances uniques. Service client excellent.

Essai testeurs

Le kit illustre bien le concept et permet une véritable découverte des parfums. Très bon produit.

Un must

Ce parfum est juste extraordinaire, parfaitement mixte, il est d'une classe sans pareil, définitivement adopté, merci pour ce bijou.

Perfect for late autumn and winter

I will start by saying that I will set this bottle aside until late autumn as to my thinking this is very much a cold weather scent. Gone are any hints of sweetness and flowers, what remains is clean and crisp, this is very much an outdoor scent. No single component rises above the other, nor is this overpowering in any sense. I can imagine wearing this outdoors in the cold with a sweater on, or indoors curled up near a fire.

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SLOW LIFE · Eau de Parfum mixte
Jay G. (United States)
Lovely scent that captures the essence of outdoors

My wife and I had your previous scents, and so I was keen to try the new ones. This is the first of the three, and I'm not disappointed at all. The opening is a very fresh green outdoor scent, and a very natural one as well, I was curious how the sesame would come into play. I can detect it but it's a very harmonious one. That gives way to jasmine, and while as a guy florals don't always work for me, I've always enjoyed jasmine. This is not an overpowering scent and certainly one I could safely wear to the office.

Original et unique

J'avais eu l'occasion d'essayer ce parfum par un échantillon (parmi 4) offert par des amis ; dès que je l'ai senti, j'ai su qu'il était fait pour moi ; j'ai complètement craqué sur le fenouil, en particulier, présent mais pas envahissant. En plus, le flacon est très élégant ; cela faisait longtemps que je n'avais pas craqué pour un parfum. Bref, je l'adore !

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SLOW LIFE · Eau de Parfum mixte
Élodie V. (France)
Sent divinement bon

J’ai rencontré Christèle au marché de Créateurs de la Grande Motte, juste en face de mon stand… Et quelle belle découverte ! Chaque parfum est unique et ne ressemble à rien de ce que je connais par ailleurs. Celui qui a volé mon cœur est Slow Life, unique en son genre. J’ai toujours été en quête du parfum qui me rappellerait l’odeur du jasmin au printemps qui embaumait le pas de ma porte enfant, chaque année. J’en ai testé plein, j’en ai parfois, exceptionnellement, trouvé des bons… et celui excelle. On s’y croirait ; un jasmin, mais avec un côté moins sucré que « d’habitude », plus vert, très fleuri à la fois, comme sur l’arbre en réel. Bravo

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UNDERWORLD · Eau de Parfum mixte
Anne-Françoise R. (France)
J'aime beaucoup

J'ai découvert ce parfum dans une galerie à Collioure il y a deux ans et je l'aime toujours autant. C'est surprenant car je n'ai jamais porté de parfum auparavant. Merci.

Offert à Noël il y a je crois deux ans j'ai été transportée par cette odeur originale, une explosion, je suis fan. Du coup, maintenant que j'ai trouvé votre site, je vais tester les autres 🙂

mon parfum

Je pense avoir trouvé ce que je cherche depuis longtemps : IMPERMANENCE. Merci