A Glimpse Inside Givaudan Perfumery School

Students here are expected to master 500 of these substances “like the letters of the alphabet.” Then come the “chords,” as the combinations of materials are known, and last the “phrases,” families of scents as defined by the school founder Jean Carles — citrus, floral, woody, fern, oriental and “chypre” — a mix of citrus and moss. “But real skill is not about memorising ingredients,” [Jean] Guichard says. “It’s about invention, and that always involves a degree of chance.”

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  • kyahgirl: I would LOVE to go to a school like this Victoria! 🙂 A perfumista’s dream. July 25, 2012 at 10:29am Reply

    • Victoria: I don’t know if they have a division for the consumers (like a day or two of training), but I know that Cinquième Sens does. It’s an organization based in Paris, although they’ve been planning to branch out into the US as well. July 25, 2012 at 11:09am Reply

  • Lucas: I’m gonna get there in the nearest 5 years and learn as much as possible to become a perfumer! That’s my dream! July 25, 2012 at 10:53am Reply

    • Victoria: Go for it, Lucas! And as a person with no connections and no family in the industry who nevertheless end up in the perfumery school, I can tell you that it’s possible. You just have to want it badly enough. 🙂 I’ll be cheering you on. July 25, 2012 at 11:12am Reply

  • Daisy: I would love to go to the school too! Oh, to be a perpetual student! July 25, 2012 at 7:12pm Reply

    • Victoria: I know! I was reading about your fabulous dissertation topic and got nostalgic for my own grad school days. 🙂 July 26, 2012 at 8:36am Reply

      • Daisy: Aw! I get nostalgic for college days sometimes so I know how you feel. July 26, 2012 at 2:27pm Reply

  • koray: I’m student in chemistry department. My biggest dream to be perfumer. I hope go to the perfumery school… July 26, 2012 at 10:36am Reply

    • Victoria: Good luck, Koray! It sounds like you’re on the right track with having a chemistry degree. It definitely helps these days when you’re applying to perfumery schools. July 26, 2012 at 12:00pm Reply

  • koray: Thank you Victoria! My all efforts for this 🙂 July 27, 2012 at 5:25am Reply

  • Jessica: Victoria, I want to enter the perfumery school at Givaudan. Is the application only for the employee that already entered Givaudan? or is it open to every people? September 13, 2012 at 12:24pm Reply

  • Yash: Hey I want to become a perfumer. Are there any courses offered by IFF,guivadan,symrise or GIP or any other institute which covers all basic things…. And is helpful.i am planning to join any one of these school after high school.course length in so an issue….suggest me any courses which can be done by me…… May 3, 2013 at 4:24pm Reply

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