Fragrance Notes Issue 2, 2019 | Page 15

NOTABLE NOSES Europe that eliminated the supply of several indispensable fragrance ingredients.  Using our training in substituting ingredients to replicate the smell of these materials without the materials themselves, we were able to keep our customers’ trademark scents unchanged and supplied until the factory in Europe re-opened.  DANGELICO: What are the biggest factors for success in perfumery? FIELDS: You might guess that the most important factor for success is having a good sense of smell, but in my view it is listening!  Listening to the client, understanding their objectives, and delivering excellent submissions are all factors that lead to success.   It is obvious that we want to win the brief.  But in meetings when clients pick submissions from a fellow perfumer and not yours, it is important to put away feelings and listen.  The client is giving feedback that is essential hear in order to pursue the right course.  We are all better for it as members of a team. DANGELICO: Fragrance Creators is committed to enhancing lives through the power of fragrance and educating everyone about the sound science and safety that are foundational to fragrance and our industry. Why is it important for perfumers to join in this effort? FIELDS: Today’s consumers are increasingly concerned with product safety and are more ingredient savvy than ever. Unfortunately, consumers are also being bombarded with misinformation.  It is critical that we continue to demonstrate the safety of our industry to our clients, and communicate clearly with consumers so they know the real story. That is why Fragrance Creators’ role—including the development of The Fragrance Conservatory consumer site to come this year, of which Bell is a supporting member—is so vital to us. DANGELICO: What sources do you seek out regularly for inspiration and/or a creative outlet? FIELDS: Inspiration comes from many sources.  I like visiting the Brooklyn Museum Rose Garden in New York in the summertime when they feature the many different rose cultivars—each with its own specific and unique scent.  And I enjoy visiting the Chicago Botanic Gardens during the different seasons with its changing gardens.  I am also inspired by the impressionist painters’ collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Musee d’Orsay in Paris, and the Chicago Institute of Art.  The paintings, like perfumes, are mixtures of ingredients that artfully present color, texture, illusion, and immerse you in their total impression.   My husband and I have rebuilt several historic homes that are well over 100 years old.  They are inspirational because of their detailed woodwork and craftsmanship. Similarly, I have a 1956 Cadillac Convertible. With its stunning chrome and tall and elegant fins, it’s truly a piece of art. It’s equally exciting to see young children point at the car and say, “Wow!” That definitely doesn’t happen with today’s cars! The gardens, the impressionists, and my love for all things vintage provide unique perspectives that fuel my olfactive creativity and make me a better perfumer. FN Marvel engages with Congressional staff at Fragrance Creators’ 2018 Capitol Hill Perfumery Event in July 2018. Réflexion, the custom fragrance she created for the event, embodies the feelings of empowerment, self care, and self love. Issue 2, 2019 | FRAGRANCENOTES.ORG | 15