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Saturday 27 of November 2021

An Olfactory Symphony

Thierry Wasser expresses himself through a combination of essences and absolutes,photo: Guerlain
Thierry Wasser expresses himself through a combination of essences and absolutes,photo: Guerlain
Like great concertos, all quality perfumes and eau de toilettes have different movements or series of notes


“Writers express themselves through words, painters through images, musicians through notes, and perfumiers thought scents.”

That is how Guerlain in-house perfume designer Thierry Wasser explained his craft during a presentation last month of the exclusive French skincare, cosmetic and fragrance company’s newest offering, Mon Guerlain, a sensuous floral gourmand with a light oriental tang.

“I spend about 30 percent my time traveling around the world looking for raw materials to create my perfumes,” Wasser said.

Thierry Wasser has been a perfumier for the last 35 years. Photo: Guerlain

“For me, those raw materials are the words I use to express myself through scent, so it is important for me that they be pure and of the finest quality.”

Just like in any artistic creation, Wasser said, the essences and absolutes used in a particular fragrance are a reflection of the history and traditions associated with those scents.

Wasser, who has been creating perfumes for more than 35 years and who has developed more than 100 scents for Guerlain, went on to say that when the selected raw materials are combined in just the right order, they produce a sort of olfactory symphony not unlike a musical composition.

And like great concertos, all quality perfumes and eau de toilettes have different movements or series of notes, he said.

In general, perfumes are broken down into three movements, or stages of development, which blend together to create a fragrant accord.

The opening or top notes of a fragrance are usually the lightest.

Great perfumes have opening, heart and closing notes. Photo: Guerlain

These notes serve as the calling card of the perfume, the introduction of the fragrance, and but also smoothly transition into the heart of the fragrance.

Top notes usually fade within a couple hours after application, but they establish a first impression or theme that will continue throughout the rest of the symphony of scents.

Wasser said that he created Mon Guerlain to commemorate the upcoming 190th anniversary of the brand’s founding by Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain in 1828.

“Because the company has always been dedicated to women and beautifying women and their strength and independence, I chose lavender, which is fresh and honest and symbolizes truth, which is at the core of all great women, to be my primary top note,” Wasser said.

Using a particularly dynamic type of lavender found only in the south of France and previously used only in gourmet cooking, Wasser said he distilled the essence of the flowers to generate a sense of dynamic versatility that is both strong and feminine.

The middle or heart notes of a fragrance begin to surface once the top notes evaporate.

These notes are considered the heart of the fragrance and will last much longer than the top notes, usually for about four to six hours.

They are the very core of the perfume.

Wasser said that in creating Mon Guerlain, he chose an essence of Sambac jasmine as his middle scent.

Jasmine, he said, is often used in Asia as a symbol of celebration, so he chose the flower to celebrate all women and their aesthetic beauty.

Wasser’s latest creation, Mon Guerlain, will mark the brand’s 190th anniversary. Photo: Guerlain

“It is a sweet and aromatic flower that is the epitome of femininity,” he said, so he felt it should be at the heart of his new perfume.

Like all perfumes, Mon Guerlain closes with a series of base notes, the final scents that mingle with the heart notes and linger on when the other attars of the perfume have faded.

The base notes are the final fragrance notes that come to the forefront once the top notes have vanished.

Wasser chose the oriental woody scent of Indian sandalwood interlaced with a hint of vanilla for Mon Guerlain’s base notes.

“Sandalwood is rare and hard to come by, and it is mystically seductive,” he said.

“And vanilla represents motherhood and simplicity, so together these two create a contrast that is symbolic of a woman’s dichotomy and diversity.”

Wasser said that he also chose to use vanilla because it is a signature ingredient in most Guerlain fragrances.

“Together, the opening, heart and base notes of Mon Guerlain are my homage to womanhood, expressed through the words of aromas,” he said.

Wasser said that it took him about four years to develop Mon Guerlain, but that the opus would not be complete until it blended into the individual chemistry of each woman who wears it.

“Perfumes smell differently on different women, which means that every woman makes a perfume her very own,” he said.

“I have created Mon Guerlain to accommodate the chemistry of all types of women. So now, I have done my part, and the rest depends on the women who wear it.”


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