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“The smell of the factory and smell of the different leathers and fur—that’s really something I think I will remember all my life,” he says. “And when I say leather, I mean there are so many different leathers. Sometimes I’m frustrated because we don’t have the raw materials to translate this leathery aspect. It’s sensual, but not really animalic. It’s textural—like silk, like wool. It’s very difficult to translate that into perfumes. You have the smell in your head, but translating it is very complicated.”
Capturing the ethereal in a bottle has been Gueros’ mission ever since, from fine fragrance to hair care to body lotion. Recently, he provided P&F editor Jeb Gleason-Allured a rare glimpse into the perfumer’s creative process and the drom Manhattan fragrance studio he calls home.
From Concept to Fragrance