Parfumeur Blaise MautinNovember 05, 2012
It's not everyday one flies to Paris,
smells an enchanting fragrance
created by Blaise Mautin
permeating a palace, impulsively
sends off a complimentary email,
and winds up invited to tea with
the highly acclaimed parfumeur.
However, this is indeed how my life as a writer rolls.
Although (regrettably!) I could not
join the artful parfumeur for tea,
he graciously indulged me
with an interview.
I'm so grateful.
Obvi another visit to Paris MUST happen
in order to see the lovely lab up close and personal!
Further research revealed his signature bespoke
scents are created for individuals as well...albeit
a very exclusive club who spare no expense.
Before perfume, Mautin was bringing
joy to customers at Au Nain Bleu,
the oldest (1836), fanciest, largest toy store
owned by his family in Paris.
It was here he was inspired
to create magical memories
MR: The perfume bottles, jewelry, and packaging accompanying your 'made to measure' fragrances read as beautiful art pieces. Are they designed by you as well?
B: Yes. I design all of the concepts myself and then seek various manufacturers to execute what I have in mind.
(Have a look at my website and video to see the process.)
MR: What three things are inspiring you at the moment?
B: Exclusive opportunities such as developing a new line for Kempinski Hotels worldwide,
with Resense Spa, and a complete new line for the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome.
A few years back, the parfumeur joined
forces with a Paris chef to explore 45 spices
with accompanying recipes and wrote a cookbook...
I need an edition in English!
MR: A few years back, you co-authored
LE CUISINIER ET LA PARFUMEUR containing
45 original and creative recipes.
Do you have a favorite from the book or one you have discovered recently?
B: The work I did with the Chef for that book (Jean-Marc Notelet) was terrific,
and I learnt so much. The recipe I want to work on now is the traditional
veal Blanquette...so yummy yummy.
Bordeaux's Wine Cultural Centre (opening 2014)
"Neither a museum nor a theme park, but an original concept
which lies somewhere in between."
Bordeaux's official museum of wine which will open in 2014...
can you offer a glimpse of what such an undertaking involves?
B: It is indeed such a great honour to work for this project,
and it is also super exciting to discover new crafts
such as architecture and oenologue.
Learn more about the artist
Can you smell the sweet scent of success
of this creative parfumeur's dream career?
And would you care to be among the 400,000
visitors annually to the Bordeaux Museum of Wine
beginning in 2014?
Peace to you right where you are.
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