If some perfumers seem to have destined themselves from an early age to the world of perfumes, others on the other hand owe their new vocation more to the fruit of chance. A place, a meeting, … It seems that sometimes it is fate that has decided to lead them in this direction. However, this does not make them less good perfumers, on the contrary if we are to believe the number of bestsellers created by some of them like Nathalie Feisthauer.The significant encounters of Nathalie FeisthauerNathalie Feisthauer likes to describe her vocation as a perfumer “as improbable as possible”. In fact, rather a tomboy when she was young, Nathalie Feisthauer seemed to belong to a world far removed from that of perfumery. However, an encounter with a perfume turned his life upside down. One day, she had the pleasure of smelling the famous Opium by Yves Saint-Laurent. She perceived it as a true work of art that she never tires of contemplating and re-contemplating.
This gave birth to the decision to become a perfumer. Thus, barely 14 years old, Nathalie Feisthauer sent numerous letters to the head offices of perfume brands with the firm intention of integrating their creation department as an assistant to the greatest perfumers. His determination allowed him to get an appointment with Jean-Louis Sieuzac, creator of Opium. This gave him a boost and allowed him to join the prestigious Roure school of perfumery in Grasse.
Nathalie Feisthauer’s career
After graduating from the Roure school, Nathalie Feisthauer joined the Givaudan company in which she worked for 20 years. She began her career there in 1990, in New York. There, she had the leisure to collaborate with the greatest perfumers on the planet such as Anne Gottliebn, Karyn Khoury or even Clare Cain. She thus signed juices for Clarins or Jean Louis Scherrer. Then, in 1994, Nathalie Feisthauer returned to France. She then signed perfumes for Cartier, Hermès or Diesel. A very creative character, Nathalie Feisthauer enjoys developing her essences with the same love that guides her when she cooks. Thus, she often adds a touch of truffle to her compositions, an ingredient that she considers to be both animal and sensual. Likewise, rocket is another unexpected element that she particularly appreciates. She says she loves its green, dark and slightly spicy side. In October 2008, Nathalie Feisthauer joined the Symrise group in Paris as a senior perfumer. Nevertheless, she is now an independent perfumer.
We owe a great number of olfactory successes to Nathalie Feisthauer, such as Eau Belle et Orange Tonique for Azzaro, Must pour Homme by Cartier, Eau des Merveilles d’Hermès or even Nuits Indiennes by Jean-Louis Scherrer.
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