Grasse is a Provencal town considered to be the world capital of perfumery since the 16th century. If it enjoys such a reputation, it is quite simply because it is surrounded by many fields of flowers and because it is the cradle of many famous perfumers. Thus, it is in this place that Julie Masse was born and perfumery could only be her destiny.
The main lines of Julie Masse’s career
Although Julie Masse was born in the region of Grasse, she began her life in Japan, a country in which she lived until the age of five. Then she returned to the family home whose garden was populated with May roses, orange blossoms and tuberoses. Julie Masse has always been very sensitive to smells. Very early on, she became fascinated by these flowers, which change with the seasons. Likewise, her father was a perfumer and she still remembers the mouillettes he made. She then wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a perfumer. To do this, it joined one of the most prestigious perfume houses in the world: the ISIPCA of Versailles. She graduated and then began her career as a perfumer in the quality control department of Fragrances Ressources. She showed extreme rigor and then became a junior perfumer under the guidance of her mentor, the nose Pierre Bourdon. Then, eager to develop her own career, she left this company to join the Fine Fragrance department of the Mane company where she worked alongside Christine Nagel. To this day, Julie Masse is still a perfumer there. She has been a perfumer there since 2010.
Julie Masse’s creative approach
Like many perfumers, Julie Masse draws her ideas from many travels. Moreover, with each new journey, she makes a point of bringing back an olfactory memory. For example, when she went to Sri Lanka, she brought back the intense and sunny scent of a frangipani flower. However, the latter is not content to use her nose only when she is traveling. This organ serves him absolutely every day and allows him to constantly discover new scents. Every moment can thus be an opportunity to find inspiration for a next creation. Likewise, she also draws her creativity from her memories. Having spent her childhood in Japan, she uses scents to return home. Thus, a woody essence, dry and natural instinctively evokes the scent of a tatami mat. Finally, Julie Masse has also made her skin her main working tool. She always confides in wearing the perfumes that she is working on. This allows him to see the way in which they are evolving but also to have the opinion of those around him with regard to them.
Creative at heart, Julie Masse is someone who generally works by feeling. “I tend to trust my instincts completely,” she says. He rarely cheats on me. I follow my intuition and it gives it back to me.
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