The Nose: Pascal Gaurin

Pascal Gaurin Nose

Pascal Gaurin was born circa 1970 in France. This French Perfumer works for IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances) as Senior Perfumer for the Fine Fragrances division (Click photo to enlarge).

Pascal had no objective reasons to become a perfumer, but chose it thanks to his gift. His fascination with scents was so great that as a child, he literally explored the world with his nose, causing his mother to wonder if he was afraid of being poisoned.

Pascal studied and graduated at ISIPCA in Versailles and a year after that he began to work in IFF, first in Hong Kong, where he enriched not only his olfactory palette, but also gained a deep understanding of the art, customs and olfactory preferences of people in Asia. Then, in 1997, Pascal was offered the chance to work in IFF, New York, the city of his dreams. The city where everything happens, and where all smells come together.

Most inspired by very dense essences, Pascal Gaurin is fond of resins, deep woods and anything that can express extreme sensuality. His taste for darkness probably originates from his grandparents’ home in Creuse, France. ‘The forests are very dark there, it always feels like it’s night time, you can feel the vapors of humus, mushrooms, leaves and bark. . . I love frontal materials, those you need to tame like sculptor does stone, by keeping the volume but making it flow’. This is where he gets his affinity for cistus, patchouli, Cashmeran and vanilla, ingredients he qualifies as erotic.”


Other passions of Pascal, which help him in his work, are music and film. The palette of fragrances created by Pascal Gaurin is wide indeed:

  • 2000 Givenchy ‘Oblique Play’ (with Jean-Claude Delville)
  • 2002 Calvin Klein ‘Crave’ (with Yves Cassar and Jean-Marc Chaillan)
  • 2002 Liz Clairborne ‘Bora Bora’ (with Oliver Polge)
  • 2003 Calvin Klein ‘Eternity Purple Orchid’ (with Sophia Grojsman)
  • 2004 Curve ‘Crush Men’ (with Jean-Marc Chaillan)
  • 2004 Karl Lagerfeld ‘Liquid Karl’ (with Bruno Jovanovic and Sandrine Malin)
  • 2004 Liz Clairborne ‘Realities’ (with Jean-Marc Chaillan, Laurent le Guernec)
  • 2005 Liz Clairborne ‘Liz’ (with Jean-Marc Chaillan, Laurent le Guernec)
  • 2006 Banana Republic ‘Rosewood’
  • 2006 Curve Chill Men (with Jean-Marc Chaillan, Laurent le Guernec, Loc Dong)
  • 2007 Christian Lacroix ‘Noir’

Christian Lacroix Nuit

Christian Lacroix ‘Nuit’ (Click photo to enlarge).

  • 2007 Tom Ford ‘Black Violet’ (with Clement Gavarry)
  • 2007 Calvin Klein ‘Eternity Summer’ (with Clement Gavarry)
  • 2008 Patrick Dempsey ‘Unscripted’ (with Yves Cassar)
  • 2008 Emanuelle Ungaro, ‘U by Ungaro for Him’ (with Yves Cassar)
  • 2008 Calvin Klein ‘Eternity Summer’ (with Yves Cassar)
  • 2008 Jessica Simpson ‘Fancy Love’ (with Celine Barel, Clement Gavarry, Yves Cassar)
  • 2009 Michael Kors ‘Very Hollywood’  (with Laurent le Guernec)
  • 2009 Valentino ‘Valentino’
  • 2011 Christian Lacroix ‘Nuit for Him’
  • 2012 Vera Wang ‘Lovestruck Floral Rush’
  • 2013 Diesel ‘Loverdose Tattoo’ (with Anne Flipo)
  • 2014 Diesel ‘Loverdose Tattoo EDT’ (with Anne Flipo)
  • 2015 Diana Vreeland ‘Daringly Different’
  • 2015 Oscar de La Renta ‘Extraordinary’ (with Bruno Jovanovic)

Oscar de La Renta Eau de Parfum EXTRAORDINARY

Oscar de La Renta ‘Extraordinary’ (Click photo to enlarge).

by Jean Amr

Banana Republic Wildblue

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Banana Republic presented at the end of May its latest fragrance for men, Wildblue. Banana Republic Wildblue is fresh and stylish fragrance for summer time with a light and crisp aroma.

The optimism of a beautiful, blue American sky is the inspired feeling behind Wildblue. This scent is for the confident man ready to take on the world.

Simon Kneen, Banana Republic Creative Director & EVP

Banana Republic Wildblue is created by perfumer Jean-Claude Delville as a calm, pure fragrance for everyday use. It blends aquatic notes, desert air accord, sage, white tea, driftwood, beach cedar, vetiver and musk.

Banana Republic Wildblue Flacon

Inspired by the heroic blues of fresh desert air, coastal wood and aquatics, Wildblue offers an energetic blend of color and scent with a refreshing splash of masculinity. The Wildblue man lives life to the fullest in a world of possibility. He captivates those he meets with his clever, stylish, and daring aura. His charming and relaxed personality is the epitome of the man who is one with nature.

Banana Republic Wildblue is available as 50ml. Eau de Toilette, at the official Banana Republic stores Nationwide, website and retails.




Grès Cabotine Fleur de Passion & Fleur d’Ivoire, two new perfumes


French Maison Grès launches, not one, but two new limited-edition perfumes: Cabotine Fleur de Passion and Fleur d’Ivoire. Both perfumes are composed of floral notes that evoke feelings of blossom spring with a fresh and pure smell. Gres Cabotine Fleur de Passion is developed by perfumer Jean-Claude Delville, while Fleur d’Ivoire is created by perfumer Richard Ibanez – full of lovely fruit and flowery notes.

Grès Cabotine Fleur de Passion




Cabotine Fleur de Passion Perfume – describes a lady rather than a girl. Its classical and strong yet quirky and grandiose smell leaves a playful aroma behind. Cabotine Fleur de Passion opens with top notes of mandarin, peony and rise along with heart notes of black pepper, lily of the valley and iris notes. The fierce and tempting base is composed of amber, vetiver and musky accords. All these notes together create a passionate and hearty perfume that will delight any wearer all year round.

Cabotine Fleur de Passion will be available as 50 and 100ml Eau de Toilette from December.

Grès Cabotine Fleur d’Ivoire




Cabotine Fleur d’Ivoire ~ is pure, fresh and delightful. It is more indulgent and less flowery than Cabotine Fleur de Passion, however, with an arresting pleasant smell. Cabotine Fleur d’Ivoire blends fruity notes of peach, almond and blackcurrant. Perfume starts to rise as vanilla, white flowers and salicylate become apparent. Tonka bean, sandalwood and musky notes add even more warmth and sensuality to the mid-phase of development.

Cabotine Fleur d’Ivoire will be available as 50 and 100ml Eau de Toilette from December.



Gres Cabotine Fleur de Passion & Fleur d’Ivoire are two new wonderful perfumes with modern designs, elegant and eye-catching bottles and with red and white caps resembling a flower. This winter you will warm with flowers and passionate feelings from Gres Cabotine Fleur de Passion & Fleur d’Ivoire Perfumes.

The photo on top: supermodel Apollonia wearing Madame Grès, photographed in winter by Bart van Leeuwen for Avenue Magazine 1986.