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WPC Sneak Peek—Lyn Harris

Posted: May 16, 2007

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P&Fnow: What do you like most about working in the fragrance industry?

Harris: I love the fact that it has the feel of a small industry, steeped in history, yet constantly evolving. For me, I love the romance of Grasse [France] and my fragrance house, Robertet, where on one level time has stood still for 150 years. It’s magical seeing every stage of the process from the crop being delivered to the end product in the lab.

I also enjoy the fact that perfumery is changing and evolving every day due to an ever-growing demand. Today, fragrance is an essential luxury.

In addition, it is a fascinating subject. The advancement in sourcing and technology, such as headspace, enables the perfumer to have access to more raw materials. This is essential for continued creativity and for the industry to move forward. That said, at the end of the day, I can’t get away from simple ingredients such as rose oil from Turkey, vanillin or coumarin. They were the first synthetics used in classic fragrances, such as Jicky (Guerlain), over 100 years ago. It is this balance of tradition and innovation that makes perfumery so interesting and enjoyable.