If you are a perfume lover, you may have heard of the book Formules Secrètes d’un Parfumeur paying homage to Laurent Bruyère. This book written by Soraya Bouvier Feder tells us about her journey, her works, her inspiration and her disillusions. He gives us anecdotes about this extraordinary perfumer who left too early in 2008, thus joining a perfumed paradise.
Who was Laurent Bruyère?
Laurent Bruyère was a self-taught perfumer. He started working at Charabot, a Grasse creation house where he learned everything. Very soon he emerged as a passionate perfumer and a hard worker. He then joined the great IFF house, giant of perfumery, soaking up the precious advice of Dominique Ropion. Later he moved to Mane where he became a senior perfumer before finishing his work at Robertet. In fact, he confided that it was these meetings that had determined his passion: those with Loris Azzaro, Anne-Marie Saget, Jean-Paul Guerlain’s assistant, with Jean-Paul Guérin himself, or even with Marie. -Rose, her favorite laboratory assistant at Charabot. Likewise, he was also deeply inspired by other creators such as Olivier Cresp,
Recognition of the profession vis-à-vis Laurent Bruyère
When Jean-Michel Duriez, perfumer from Rochas talks about Laurent Bruyère, he says in the preface to the book Formules Secrètes d’un Parfumeur: “I remember so many things from Laurent: his thirst for learning, his need to seduce, his quest. of gratitude, his folly for grandeur, his excesses, his infinite kindness, his sincere friendships, his pure loves, his beauty, his success with women, with men, his humor… ”This is how Laurent Bruyère was perceived by the profession. Full of joie de vivre, he was always available for those who asked him for explanations on the magic of his perfumes, relating it with great authenticity and a frankness that only belongs to him. He said he was fascinated by being able to work with molecules and bodies that do not
Today, Laurent Bruyère is no more. He died in 2008, at the age of 43, leaving behind a colossal work stitched together with multiple successes, many of which were developed in collaboration with the talented Dominique Ropion.
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