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Four Decades as a Perfumer-Comments by a Contrarious Curmudgeon

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They gave me twenty minutes to tell you about the last forty years of perfumery. That's typical of the type of requests most perfumers get.

Before I begin my talk, I would like to state that the opinions expressed are strictly my own and result from being in perfumery for over forty-five years. In no way, do they reflect the opinions of the company I work for.

Four Decades of Perfumery--in English, that means forty years—where have we progressed, where have we retrogressed, and where have we reinvented the wheel? I propose to present not only a rear mirror view of perfumery in comparison with what it is today, but I’d also like to comment on some of our current practices, foibles and discombobulations.

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The annual perfumers’ symposium has always been a very important event in the life of a perfumer. Originally, the topics discussed concerned problems of perfumery, the growing of natural material, the synthesis of new aromatic chemicals, and other topics specifically aimed at the perfumer.