The perfumer’s coach

I'm not a nose, but I work with noses. I see myself as the perfumer’s coach. I brief them, I feed them with ideas, inspiration. Some brands don't talk about it as much; they'll take more credit [for creating the fragrance], but we're very open about the fact that we work with perfumers. I have very close collaborations with the few whom I work with because I spend so much time explaining the Jo Malone DNA to them. If I had to explain that every single time to a new perfumer, I don’t think I’d ever get any work done!

— Celine Roux, who as the vice president of global fragrance development, provides creative direction to the perfumers they hire. Read more at The Story Behind Jo Malone London's Newest Fragrance at W Magazine.

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2016, part 8

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes limited edition solid perfume compacts from Estée Lauder and Tom Ford; a collector bottle from Jo Malone; plus a new concentration of Gucci Bamboo.

Estée Lauder + Monica Rich Kosann compacts

From Estée Lauder, two compacts created by luxury jewelry designer Monica Rich Kosann. At left, the Pleasures Glittering Globe, and at right, the Pleasures Loving Frog. $275 each at Neiman Marcus

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