Hi there Julie, thanks for joining us on the McQueens Journal. You’re the ’nose’ behind the Miller Harris X McQueens scented candles - could you tell us a little bit about your role and how you discovered such an interesting career?
My title is ‘Creative Perfumer”, hailing from France, this is a recognized and respected, but competitive career path. I studied Chemistry which is a common and helpful starting point. Post graduating and having known I’d wanted to enter the world of perfumes for a long time - I then headed to Grasse, the historic capital of perfume to study the industry. I’d always known this is what I wanted to do so it’s very exciting to be realising my dream! In terms of my role, I create fragrances for all kind of products from fine fragrances, personal care products to home fragrances.We know that the inspiration behind the candles was a visit to McQueens - how did you approach the process of capturing those key scents?
I spent quite some time exploring McQueens HQ, taking notes, soaking up the various surroundings - which isn’t just about taking in the smell but feeling the environment and atmosphere. I always have my palette in mind which is like a toolkit. What struck me first was the dewy, very green aroma in the shop. I found the workspace to be extremely fresh as flowers are being trimmed constantly - as there are so many varieties it wasn’t about pinpointing one fragrance but the collective atmosphere.