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Career in fragrance: the different jobs in the perfume industry

The creation of a perfume requires many steps, and therefore involves many different actors. The smell of a perfume comes to life in the perfumer’s head, its formula is created, reworked, refined, the packaging and the name are chosen, and a marketing plan put in place to ensure its good distribution. The main profession, well known to the general public, is the nose, also called perfumer. However, the perfume sector is made up of a wide variety of professions (and as many trainings to prepare for it).

After briefly discussing the motivations to become a perfumer during an interview with our founder Sylvie Jourdet, we will now go into more details and introduce you to the various professions of the perfume industry, the different courses and our tips for success.

So let’s start with the best-known profession, that of perfumer, also called perfume creator, creative perfumer or “nose”, whose main mission is to create a new perfume. The perfumer imagines a smell, develops it in his head and sets up his formulation. Highly developed olfactory senses and a passion for smells and aromas are qualities needed to succeed in finding a place in this coveted sector in France. The perfumer also runs a team of preparers and technicians, so good management skills are also required. At Créassence, Sylvie Jourdet holds this position and annually creates an average of 30 new fragrances for its various customers.

There are also several professions around the perfumer, each of which is crucial to the creation of a new perfume.

The assistant perfumer creates the formulas developed by the perfumer. He is also in charge of controlling the quality of the raw materials used and weighing them, scrupulously respecting the quantities indicated, as well as preparing samples for customers and managing the perfumer’s collection. Rigor, responsiveness and organization are mandatory skills to succeed in this position.

Another profession is that of the fragrance evaluators, who works hand in hand with the perfumer on several stages. They work together from the initial brief to the final creation, to ensure a clear understanding of the objectives and a consistent result. He must also be able to give useful and objective feedback on the creations to the perfumers. The fragrance evaluator is also in charge of bringing new ideas to develop the perfumer’s creativity. He plays an interface role between the marketing and sales department and the perfumer. He is up-to-date with fragrance trends and manages the internal perfume collection. He also works closely with the clients throughout their project, following the different steps and guiding them when they need to.

The best courses in France to prepare for the job of perfumer, assistant perfumer and evaluator are:

Creassence also offers bespoke trainings and consulting sessions.

The analysis and control technician (assisted by the laboratory technician) checks the composition of the products at each stage of their manufacture, carries out analysis or control measures in order to check the conformity of the products, their physico-chemical quality, their stability, etc. These steps are very important in perfume creation to ensure that the perfume is compliant with the rules and can be marketed. Chemistry is a dominant part of this profession (the most frequent courses being BTS chemistry) but rigor, method and organization as well as good laboratory practices are also necessary.

Production, sourcing raw materials and quality control are steps that we do not necessarily think about but that once again play an important role.

The people in charge of sourcing raw materials travel the world in search of new plants worthy of giving us their precious essences, while the R&D researchers in their laboratories develop new molecules with original olfactory qualities but also and above all always healthier and harmless. To ensure safety in the use of products our industry is recruiting more and more quality controllers, regulatory and safety managers.

Finally, the perfume industry like many other industries, needs sales teams and marketing strategies to help the distribution of finished products, perfumes, and create a true brand identity around each creation. These professions are those of communication and marketing, very important to establish the perfume and the brand, and make it attractive for the end consumer. A sales team is then responsible for distributing the products throughout the most suitable distribution channels (perfumery, supermarket, department store, etc.). The network managers animate these various sales points and ensure the proper implementation of marketing actions.

Our team of experts Créassence:

  • Sylvie Jourdet, Creative Perfumer and Creative Director
  • Marie de Miollis, Commercial and Development Manager
  • Aliyah Abou Abid, Assistant Perfumer, Laboratory Manager

Surrounded by the best experts in their fields to help us create and produce your custom-made fragrance:

  • Patty Canac, évaluatrice, experte en parfums : olfarom
  • Pauline Ghislain, directrice artistique freelance Paulineghislain
  • Alice Rivier, stratégie marketing et communication amcrmanagement

And many others…

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