Exposing the Perfumer : Michelle Krell Kydd in Perfumer & Flavorist

Curiosity regarding the perfumer is a natural extension of perfume’s DNA—it is an intimate product that literally touches the wearer. People don’t let strangers get that close, so why wouldn’t one want to know more about a person who is touching their heart with something beautiful?” Says Michelle Krell Kydd in an interview she has given to the Perfumer & Flavorist Magazine about the definition of perfumer, the “impostor syndrome” and other related topics. Her insights are very candid and refreshing. Please read the rest of the article in the Perfumer & Flavorist Newsletter.

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  • Elle: Great article! Loved what she said about risk aversion in the industry. And just ordered Kaufman’s book. April 5, 2007 at 9:09am Reply

  • Ina: Truly enjoyed the article! Thanks! April 5, 2007 at 12:13pm Reply

  • k-amber: Thank you very much for the article that is very insightful.

    Kaori April 5, 2007 at 9:57pm Reply

  • Anya: Ha! Blame *me* for the rising cost and increased demand for the Kaufman book that outlines the Carles method of perfumery. I’ve been writing about it since 2002 on my 1200-member natural perfumery yahoo group. Wrote about it a lot on forums, also. Mentioned it in a 2005 interview on another blog. I used to buy extras of the book and give them as gifts when they were only $10 or so. Even gave one away in a contest on my group a few months ago. Google to find that Victoria and myself have the earliest mentions of the Carles/Kaufman goodie. Nice!

    And a message to Ms. Kydd: times are changing, it would be great if the guardians of the old school way of thinking of what a “genuine” perfumer is caught up with them. Many great perfumers are now self-taught, creative, passionate and putting out products that the customers love – and buy. And the trad-clingers are scared, IMHO. We’re cutting into their historically-diminishing market share.

    We only have Turin to thank for the natural v. synthetic “debate”, which is rather one-sided, again by the old school folks who believe that synthetics *must* be in a perfume for it to be “legit”. LOL. There must be something stimulating and exciting about our natural perfumes, if, with perhaps only 1% of the market, we keep stirring up the defensive posturings of so many writers. Thanks, Luca! Thanks, Chandler, thanks P&F magazine, et al., there is “no bad publicity”. April 9, 2007 at 9:34am Reply

  • Jupiterbelt: It’s such an article. I finally registered after hearing hearing so much from you. The link is invaluable: I can’t thank you enough for it. April 10, 2007 at 2:28pm Reply

  • Jupiterbelt: Oops…I meant to say “such a lovely article”…I guess I’ve been typing for too long…sorry. April 10, 2007 at 2:29pm Reply

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