Cultivating Creativity : Perfumer Dora Baghriche & Victoria Frolova IGTV

Firmenich Senior Perfumer Dora Baghriche and I recently met on @FirmenichFine’s IGTV on Instagram to talk about cultivating creativity in today’s world, from our own perspectives. Many of you already know Dora through her beautiful creations, but what you may not know is that before becoming a perfumer she studied journalism. So, we have a lot in common.

Here is the recording of our conversation. Many of my IG viewers enjoyed it and requested the full version, so here it is. (You can also watch it on IGTV here.)

In the course of our conversation, Dora recommended a documentary called The Possibilities are Endless about a lyricist Edwyn Collins who suffered a stroke that deleted the contents of his mind. The documentary is about his recovery and journey. Among the things that inspire me, I mentioned a book by Ismail Kadaré, The Chronicle in Stone as well as a poem by Boris Pasternak, Let’s Drop Words.

This conversation was part of the #FragranceDay events, and you can visit @FirmenichFine’s IGTV on Instagram to hear other stories:

– Exploring Creative Collaboration with VP of Fine Fragrance Development Dara Quinlan & Perfumer Alexis Grugeon:

– Discovering Behind-the-Scenes of Boy Smells’ New Fine Fragrance Collection with Boy Smells co-founder and creator Matthew Herman & Senior Perfumer Clement Gavarry:

I enjoyed all of the conversations and I recommend watching them. Hope that you will enjoy!



  • Annie: I enjoyed it very much. Will have to look for the book you mentioned. March 29, 2021 at 2:22pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Annie! March 30, 2021 at 4:10am Reply

  • rickyrebarco: Wonderful interview. I really enjoyed it. March 29, 2021 at 4:40pm Reply

    • Victoria: I’m glad that you’ve enjoyed it. 🙂 March 30, 2021 at 4:10am Reply

  • Aurora: Wonderful exchange of ideas, very inspiring to hear how you cope with the lock down. I too found solace in my books and my kitchen. March 30, 2021 at 11:20am Reply

    • Victoria: One’s world can’t be small if there are books. Thank you for watching! March 31, 2021 at 1:56am Reply

  • Gabriela: You have a beautiful smile Victoria! Will seek all the recommendations, thank you! March 30, 2021 at 11:56am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you for your kind words, Gabriela! 🙂 Please let me know what you think of the film and the book. March 31, 2021 at 1:55am Reply

  • Karina: So inspiring! April 2, 2021 at 4:23am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you for watching! April 5, 2021 at 4:03am Reply

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