I AM A NOSE WITH THE VOICE OF OLIVIER POLGE
Fragrance for me is a family affair.
My parents met at a perfumery school
and I was four when my father became the nose of CHANEL.
Even though I grew up in Paris,
the smells of my childhood are linked to Provence.
I remember the smell of the damp stones
from my grandparents' house
and the scents of shrubs burned by the sun
on the hills behind their place.
My parents loved painting,
I remember the smell of the turpentine
in their friends studios.
But more than fragrance or painting,
music was my first passion.
When I was 20 years old, I started to learn the mtier,
and I discovered that music and fragrance
share the same language.
I would compose and write
formulas made of notes and harmonies.
I remember the day when I had to tell my father
that I wanted to be in the same profession as him;
he told me that it was a bad idea.
I remember my first time weighing ingredients and my first travels,
bergamots in Calabria, lemon trees in Syracuse
and the jasmine in Grasse.
Then I remember that one day CHANEL asked me
to rewrite a contemporary version of N5,
without losing any of its character and its mystery.
I had become the nose of CHANEL.