Hello, Ms. Gracia-Cetto! Can you tell us what your favorite perfume is?
I don’t really have a favorite perfume. I prefer to say that some of the great perfumes, like Aromatics Elixir, Vent Vert or Femininity du Bois, are very important in my job as a perfumer.
How often do you change your fragrance?
In fact, I change perfume each day! Every day I wear one of my current creations to observe how it evolves on the skin.
What makes a fragrance unique?
For me, there are two important criteria that make a perfume unique: The wake and its simple and direct signature make a fragrance recognizable.
Your last fragrance, Rouge by Comme des Garçons, is an unisex fragrance. What is the difference of creating a gender-neutral perfume?
When I work on gender-neutral perfumes, I free myself from the classic codes of femininity and masculinity in perfumery. It is a form of olfactory freedom that is pleasant for a perfumer.
Is the search for (and the myth of) “the one, individual fragrance” still contemporary and relevant?
I think everyone wants to have their own personal fragrance, that’s why several brands are starting to offer bespoke perfumes.
How does one find their personal scent?
Perfume is an encounter, until the day you find the one that suits you by breaking the trends.
Especially in times of Covid and the shops being closed, it can be difficult to find a good fragrance. What can you recommend making the search for a perfume easier in these times?
You have to trust the olfactory history but especially according the ingredients that you like or not.
Does a fragrance still change after you buy it and as time goes on?
Yes of course, the perfume evolves on the skin and that’s good – the perfume will adapt to you.