Distilling the fine art of fragrance
Our Perfumery School in Paris is legendary. It has moulded many masters of the past and present, and continues to teach the craftsmanship and heritage of our industry.
Crafting fragrances of the future
Opened in 1946, the Givaudan Perfumery School is the first of its kind, in the world. This legendary institute can claim to have trained the perfumers responsible for approximately one third of the fragrances on the market today and has established the standard for modern perfumery training. Perfumery in all its forms is taught here. Graduates will go on to hone their craft in creative centres serving leading designers, prestige brands and manufacturers of consumer products worldwide.
The school attracts thousands of applicants for the handful of prized places available each year. They come from all over the world and from many different backgrounds; some are inspired by nature, some are artists, some scientists – all are fascinated by scent and the sense of smell. The lucky few will craft the fragrances that we fall in love with in the future.
Diffusing a love of perfume
The mission of the Givaudan Perfumery School is to train young perfumers to carry on the heritage of perfumery as a craft and develop an engrained knowledge of how to work with all fragrance ingredients, both natural and synthetic. The students at the School are encouraged to diffuse their love of fragrance throughout Givaudan, and among customers and other stakeholders. The abilities taught to aspiring perfumers in the Perfumery School combine creative expression with sound technical skills.
Five facts about the Perfumery School
A beautiful legacy from Roure
The Givaudan Perfumery School was founded under the guidance of Roure perfumer, Jean Carles in 1946. Carles had taken young perfumers under his wing and helped guide their training well before his tutelage became a ‘school’.
When Roure merged with Givaudan in 1992 the Perfumery School was retained and in 1997 finally moved from Grasse in to more modern facilities on the outskirts of Paris where it remains today.
Jean Carles developed a system of olfactive study, creating two distinct charts, which organised raw materials by similarity and contrast, with one chart for naturals and one for synthetics. The method, which bears his name, remains an industry standard and the basis for the study undertaken by perfumery students at Givaudan.
BBC4 visits our Perfumery School for documentary ‘Perfume’
Produced by The Garden Productions