Jean-Christophe grew up against the backdrop of perfume, as his father manufactured concentrates. While in his teens, his father gave him Joop for Men. “It was the first time I ever fell in love with a fragrance,” he recalls. Though he studied chemistry, it wasn’t until his father sent him to Grasse, as a trainee in a control laboratory, that he became intrigued by the fields of mimosa and the jasmine and tuberose absolutes.

JEAN CHRISTOPHE HÉRAULT

The real turning point came when he met Pierre Bourdon, the creator of Joop for Men, who agreed to mentor him on condition that he read all of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. A year later, Bourdon began teaching him the method he’d learned from his mentor, Edmond Roudnitska. Jean-Christophe soon developed his own olfactory language, writing down what each raw material conjured up for him. Now at IFF, he works with incredible ingredients and dreams of creating a new olfactory family. Convinced that daring and creativity are essential to the fragrances of tomorrow, he strives to create perfumes which arouse forceful emotions.

Inspiration:

  • The earth after the rain in summer and the smell of privet flowers, which remind him of childhood vacations in Normandy.
  • Good food: “When you are an amateur of perfume, you are always very interested in food,” he says. He loves to prepare shellfish risotto with tarragon or a panna cotta.
  • Eloquent raw materials: cypriol because it is an almost virile type of wood; aldehydes for their metallic facets; benzoin; and, though it seems paradoxical, hedione.
  • Legendary fragrances: Farenheit by Dior, Joop for Men, Aromatics Elixir by Clinique, and Angel by Thierry Mugler.

Previous Creations:

  • Lulu Castagnette: Indomptée
  • Adolfo Dominguez: Agua Sandalo
  • Salvador Dalí: Daring Gold
  • Canali: Canali Man, Black Diamond, Summer Night (Men), Canali Style, Canali Dal 1934
  • Esprit: Connect For Us, Groovy Life by Esprit Woman
  • Grès: My Dream-Hommage à Marlene Dietrich
  • Luciano Soprani: Donna Soir
  • Ghost: Captivating
  • Yves Saint Laurent: Opium Vapeur de Parfum (with D.Ropion)
  • Comme des Garçons: Amazingreen
  • Balenciaga: Florabotanica (with O. Polge)
  • Chopard: Enchanted (with D. Ropion), Enchanted Golden Absolute (with D. Ropion)

About the Fragrance:

Jean-Christophe Herault always wanted to create a fragrance around osmanthus. “Osmanthus is a really beautiful flower both delicate and fresh with soft and clean juicy apricot, jasmine and light leathery and tea facets. In this fragrance, I expressed the delicacy and lightness of the flower while keeping it warm and sensual”. To achieve this equilibrium,  Jean-Christophe opens the composition with a sparkling citrus top of Bergamot Essence and Lemon Essence twisted with juicy transparent apricot notes. The light ethereal aspect of FR! 01/08 is underlined by a crisp vegetal and dewy tea accord sprinkled with crushed green Violet Leaves. The freshness and the naturality of the flower is developed in a rich and voluptuous heart of Tunisian Orange Flower Absolute LMR and Sambac Jasmine Absolute LMR. The fragrance becomes more sophisticated and deeper with a combination of leathery and chypre notes with Patchouli Heart Essence LMR. “It was a real pleasure to compose a fragrance feeling free of constraints and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it”.