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An Interview with Laurent Le Guernec

laurentvideo.jpgHere’s a short film starring Laurent, describing a little bit about himself and the way he works.

For whatever reason, I had it in my head he’d be a little different. Not personality-wise really, but when I think of the perfumers working at the big three companies, I always picture them in long white lab coats with their names sewed on the breast… Maybe it’s human nature to mentally uniform people respective to their occupation? Gah, I dunno. And now that I think of it, it IS a little ridiculous to think they’re skulking about all day in work smocks.

Because I knew Laurent and Clement had collaborated on Ms. Parker’s Lovely, I imagined them working together a little like this. Which I suppose would make Marina and I into the Lenny and Squiggy of my loopy scheme, sadly enough.

I clearly haven’t a clue.

So, anyhow… enjoy the interview! If you wish to ask Laurent some brief questions of your own, please leave them in the comments for this post, and he will try to answer some of them in future post.

Nobi, our blogging emcee and the mad genius behind this project, is currently unavailable for the rest of the month. He’s vacationing in a technology-deprived area, like the desert, or the Amish countryside, or my mom’s house (same rotary dial phone for 40 years), and won’t be able to check in here. However, Marina and I will check in as often as we can, and will try to keep house well! [by Katie]

Thursday, August 3, 2006, 6:27 PM.

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Clement Gavarry at his lab…

Quiz: There’s a CD player on the desk… what kind of music does Clement listen to most? Select a genre from below and answer in the comment thread.
Alternative, Blues, Chanson, Classical, Country, Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, Jazz, Latin, Pop, R&B/Soul, Reggae, Rock
The quiz will close when someone answers correctly. The prize will be a scent that’s not on the market.

Prize

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Last Friday I received 3 new mods from Laurent for Katie. They came along with 2 fantastic scents which were not on the market. I had asked Laurent if he could share some of his “secrets” with the winners of the quizzes at Made by Blog, and he was gracious enough not only to agree to it but included one of his best kept secrets.
These two scents make me realize again how great a perfumer Laurent is. [by Nobi]

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I noticed that visitors to this blog also enjoy images related to perfumers and perfumery. Here you can view wonderful images on perfumery by National Geographic photographer Robb Kendrick. [by Nobi]

And the two perfumers are…

The perfumer on the left is the international man of mystery Thierry Wasser. Like Jacques Cavallier he is better known in Japan than in the US. Check out more portraits of Thierry at albertdelamour.com (choose ‘Portraits’ from the left nav bar). The perfumer on the right is Richard Herpin, a very nice guy who always attracts beautiful women.

Artureef, Shifts, please contact Made by Blog (madebyblog at gmail.com) with your mailing address. You will receive a scent which is not on the market.

Quiz 2

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If you can name these two perfumers….
… you will win a prize (undecided).

Perfumer on left: Francis Kurkdjian, Thierry Wasser, or Laurent Bruyere
Perfumer on right: Harry Fremont, Olivier Polge, or Richard Herpin

Laurent’s Reply, and a Quick Note Back

Laurent read my reviews from his first two mods, and sent back his reply already!

Dear Katie,

What a review !!!!! I had no idea that these fragrances would trigger such excitement and emotions. I really appreciate that you took the time to live with the fragrances, which shows that you have a lot of respect for what “perfumers” do. And I have a lot of fun reading all the comments on the blog.

After reading your review a couple of times, I just want to make sure that I understand what you are expecting in the reworks. So we are definitely going to start from Auxeos “C”. I’m going to look at what makes “B” more powerful in the back and see if I can borrow some elements from it to give more volume to “C”. If it doesn’t work I will just intensify the elements of “C”. It looks like we are a little shy with you girls;we need to turn the volume up !!!! I just have a quick question: do you think that all the elements you wanted in your fragrance are already in the composition, or is there something that you are missing ?

Thank you for being so passionate,

Laurent

I dropped him a quick note back…

Dear Laurent,

Oh good lord! Of course I’m excited! For me, this is the equivalent of throwing out the first pitch at a ball game – I’d be a plumb idiot not to be thrilled.

If it is at all possible, I really would love to have some of the warm drydown in “B” incorporated. However, can we also add in the dark gold gleam of frankincense an entirely explicit note? Just for emphasis, I’d like to add a plea to please not lose the little salty lick I liked so much in “C,” which was just lovely.

“It look like we are a little shy with you girls,we need to turn the volume up !!!!” Heh heh. Crank up the amp to 11!

Katie