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F&F Profiles: The Scent Archivist
By: Jeb Gleason-Allured, Editor
Posted: September 11, 2008, from the September 2008 issue of P&F magazine.
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Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce (WFFC) Honors Ruth Sutcliffe
On Sept. 25, the WFFC will present Ruth Sutcliffe with its Annual Award. Sutcliffe, senior director of international fragrance development for Coty Beauty, has been selected due to her contributions to and leadership in the fragrance industry.
Sutcliffe began her career at Fritzsche, Dodge and Olcott (now part of Givaudan). There she typed and cost out formulae for perfumers and later became an evaluator. At Creations Aromatiques (now part of Symrise) she served as a perfumer’s lab technician, mixing formulae and learning perfumery raw materials, eventually returning to fragrance evaluation. Sutcliffe subsequently held positions at Fragrance Resources, IFF (where she co-authored the patent with several other colleagues for NeutrIFF for the mitigation of malodors) and Clairol, before joining Coty in 2001.
In her current position, Sutcliffe is responsible for brands such as Celine Dion, Nautica, Halle Berry, Tim McGraw, Baby Phat and Stetson.
“Life has to be an adventure and I feel it’s important to give back to society as much as possible,” says Sutcliffe, whose volunteer work has included efforts at Ground Zero in Manhattan following 9/11, with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the National Resources Defense Council, and giving of her time to Greenwich, Connecticut-area organizations.
Other topics discussed: Blue Sky Fragrances: Formulating Without Constraints; From Brief to Fragrance; Relationships with Perfumers; Time Constraints and Fragrance Vocabulary; Keeping on the Pulse; In Her Own Words: Ruth Sutcliffe on Her Favorite Fragrances and Notes; This is Where I Belong: Gaining a Fragrance Perspective
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