At the tender age of seventeen, Nathalie had a stunning revelation: she discovered Opium by Yves Saint Laurent and realized her dream was to become a perfumer. Though not a part of the fragrance industry’s inner circle, she met Jean-Louis Sieuzac, Opium‘s creator, who sent her to Grasse for olfactory training. After three years in Grasse, she joined Givaudan in 1986. In 1990, she moved to the US for four years, and in 2008, she joined Symrise as Senior Perfumer. Natalie enjoys projects of all shapes and sizes. She finds that niche projects crystallize her creativity, inspiring her for bigger projects. “There are not less important projects,” she says. “I try to tell a unique story in each of my creations. My perfumes are part of me, of course, but they also become part of their wearers’ lives.”

NATHALIE FEISTHAUER

Previous Creations:

  • Amouage Honour Man
  • Comme Des Garçons Series 6, 7, 8
  • Lancôme Hypnôse Senses
  • Montblanc Legend
  • Thierry Mugler Innocent Rock Angel
  • Yohji Yamamoto Yohji Yamamoto Pour Femme

About the Fragrance:

I created FR! 01/01 to honor the iris, specifically the concrete of Iris Pallida Florentina. The concrete, the creamy, solidified oil derived from the flower, is perhaps the single most precious material in a perfumer’s palette. I composed an olfactory frame to set off this scent’s natural beauty. Delicate, subtle touches of pear and a pinch of saffron magnify its multiple facets and invigorate its temporal progression.