Many of the most well-known perfume companies around the world choose to collaborate with the best experts or people with an extremely keen sense of smell. Known as “noses”, their services are highly sought after by some of the fragrance industry’s biggest manufacturers. For the house of Guerlain, its go-to person is Thierry Wasser—the French luxury beauty brand’s in-house master perfumer. He’s held the position since 2008 and is the fifth perfumer in the house’s history after having succeeded the previous in-house perfumer, Jean-Paul Guerlain.
As one of the oldest fragrance and beauty houses in the world, Guerlain needs no introduction. Founded in Paris in 1828, the luxury brand has released dozens of scents loved by many all over the world—with some becoming icons. In the past decade, Wasser was heavily involved in the creative process for some of the house’s best-selling fragrances including the legendary cult favourite Shalimar, Mon Guerlain, Muguet Millesime and several new variations within the Aqua Allegoria and Haute Parfumerie collections.
But the quintessence of Guerlain haute parfumerie is its L’Art & La Matière collection, which was first created in 2005. Today, the collection celebrates its first anniversary of its relaunch with three new fragrances, Oud Nude, Cherry Oud and Oud Khol, that showcase oud wood as its star ingredient.
The fragrances in this collection are of a style, one that distinctly expresses a feeling about a specific raw material. This collection reflects the unique marriage of intention and a singular note. That collision of emotion and solo raw material is very inspiring to me,” shares Wasser in an exclusive e-mail interview with Tatler Singapore.
The raw materials in this collection are exactly like the ingredients in all of our creations in that they are of the finest quality. That said, this collection stands apart by featuring certain rare ingredients not often highlighted by Guerlain such as leather, neroli and gardenia.