"YOU CAN’T BE A PERFUMER UNLESS YOU ARE ONE OF THE FEW “CHOSEN” BY THE INDUSTRY PERFUMERY SCHOOLS"
This is one I hear a lot!
As someone who values freedom, honesty and integrity the fragrance and cosmetics industry can sometimes be a challenging place to be.
"IT TAKES 10 YEARS, YOU NEED A CHEMISTRY DEGREE & GO TO AN INDUSTRY ACCREDITED SCHOOL"
Did you hear that one too?
The industry does a great job of convincing you that perfumery is the domain of the great noses born into the Grasse tradition. Or you can't be a professional perfumer unless you have been hand picked by the big perfume schools in Paris.
WHEN I WORKED FOR ONE OF THE BIG FRAGRANCE MANUFACTURERS I WAS TOLD THIS TOO
I know how hard it is when you don’t have all the pieces of knowledge to allow your creative juices to flow.
You start to think “perhaps I don’t have what it takes” or that there must be some mystery bit of information that the industry perfumers have that you don’t.