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Bottling the Memory

Episode 2 of 3

How three of the top perfumers - Christopher Brosius, Hermes's Jean Claude Ellena and principal of the Parisian school, Jean Guichard - go about their business.

Perfumers are molecular chemists and sensual creatives who seek to trigger pleasurable memories and associations through our most primitive sense. We follow three different types of perfumer - or nose - to find out how they do it and what it takes to become one.

Jean Claude Ellena is in-house nose at French brand Hermes. We spend time with him in his studio in the woods, musing, sniffing and then creating a fragrance inspired by a secret garden. American Christopher Brosius is the Proust of perfume, a punk star with a mission to create scents that that can speak to us of times past - whether through the smell of tomato leaves or musty books. Jean Guichard is the principal of the Parisian school for noses. There are more astronauts than there are perfumers - so how does he spot the right stuff in students who may not be aware they have it?

1 hour

Last on

Tue 1 Nov 2011 01:30


Role Contributor
Director Ian Denyer
Director Ian Denyer