Who: Olivia Jezler, fragrance innovation specialist. Olivia is a scent expert who is at the forefront of ground-breaking developments in how fragrances are used. Much of her work is top secret, so you’ll just have to trust us on this.
“Today I’m wearing Comfort Wood, by my good friend, the perfumer Christophe Laudamiel, he made Polo Blue for Men for Ralph Lauren, Fierce for Abercrombie & Fitch and various other fragrances. This was one of his environmental scents and it has a lot of iris in it. I have a bunch of the smells he created, sometimes they are experiments and when I go to see him, he goes ‘Oh, you like that one? Have it!’ When it runs out I have to say ‘Hey remember that thing you made me? Make some more please!’
I’ve also just rediscovered Mr Marvelous by Byredo. I used to work for Robertet in New York, which made the entire line, so I had access to the perfumes. I really love it because it’s a very dry, woody citrus and it’s intriguingly unique because of that. It’s nice to wear in the summer, specially in very hot and humid New York summers, it’s such a contrast.
I like smells to blend together, I really think about how all the products I use smell. I guess you could say my real signature fragrance is Molton Brown’s Ginger Lily, it’s a body wash I’ve been using for five years, so my skin always smells of that. Then my shampoo is Oribe, the perfume is so strong that when you move your hair the smell comes through.
I’ll wear about four different fragrances through the day. i just spray my clothes, so if I take off a sweater or change my shirt, I’ll spray a different scent on. You can change your fragrance more easily that way.
Fragrance is super important to me and I’m very in tune with my sense of smell. For example, the other morning, I had to work on some research and I can’t concentrate on my work without a scent, I have to scent my apartment. But I didn’t have my usual fragrance candle, Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom, and the store was too far for me to go to, so I thought I’d go buy a Diptyque one. I took a shower with my Molton Brown shower wash, and actually that ritual really satisfied my scent senses, I felt OK and didn’t need the candle. But the next day I made sure I had the candle!
Everything I experience in life is through smell. The smell of things that are real, like dirt, grime and muggy weather are so important, it’s not that they are pleasant, but they are alive. Scent has to do with life, if there’s no scent there’s no life.