The training of perfumers is a subject on which many experts have reflected, but the solutions to this question have always been made difficult by the very nature of this profession which is very secretive on its techniques and know-how.
Generally speaking, in the past the perfumer was self-made (trained on the job) through continuous contacts or collaboration with qualified and well known perfumers. Nevertheless, this kind of training no longer answers the evolution of our industry because of its imprecise and incomplete character. Consequently, some companies in the industry have decided to put up their own training center. The Givaudan Group has had such a center for over ten years and it is on the basis of that experience that I will develop a number of ideas.
Why have a fragrance training center belonging to an international group? For four principal reasons: