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A note from the editor: These writings correspond to Arcadi Boix Camps’ recent monographs “Gardenia in Perfumery” and “Technical and Philosophical Notes on the Perfumery Creative Process.”1,2
In the early 1970s, after having completed my university studies in the south of France and having attended the Roure Bertrand Dupond’s school of perfumers directed by my friend Marcel Carles, I moved to Geneva and joined Firmenich. I worked on the fifth floor of the tower located in Route de l’Aire and had the joy of working with great colleagues I will never forget. Arturo Jordi Pey and Paul Leget worked at the fourth floor; on the fifth floor, my neighbor was Philippe Sauvegrain; Michel Lambert worked nearby, as did Francis Fabron who became my chief; Roger Pellegrino was also there. I rented a lovely apartment at Avenue de Miremont 15 with an internal court fully gardened court that could be seen from a wall of glass that connected my apartment to the garden. Unfortunately, there were no scented flowers there—merely decoration. I purchased an Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce. I was 20, living with my extremely beautiful US girlfriend, Karen. She was 20 as well and had recently graduated with a degree in philosophy in California. We were very happy living together in a new period of our lives, which promised to be long, creative and fruitful. Geneva was elegant, beautifully developed and clean. We were living in a great time full of hopes, dreams and illusions as I started a promising career at the best company in the world.