Parisian like the three generations before her, Domitille has always had an exceptional affinity for the world of perfume
Domitille Bertier joined IFF as a trainee in 1994 and in 2007; she was promoted to Senior Perfumer at IFF. Parisian like the three generations before her, Domitille has always had an exceptional affinity for the world of perfume.
Love for Paris
What Domitille loves most about the city is the fragrance of its gardens. If she had the time, she would walk up the boulevard Saint Germain to the Luxemburg gardens where, seated at a terrace she would take in all the news along with the ink of the newspaper.
Perfume and her childhood
For Domitille, perfume has always been a wonderful way to discover the world. When she was a child she spent two years in the New Hebrides, now called Vanuatu, and all the exoticism of a tropical paradise was the perfect education for her sense of smell. It soon became her favourite playground and she discovered a taste for wood and spice, the very heart of the island’s identity.
Back in France, she became aware of the ISIPCA course and after getting the required degree in organic chemistry, she got herself admitted to the international institute. Working as a trainee there, she found herself hired by the IFF after an interview. Enjoying the autonomy IFF gives its perfumers, she has honed her technique. And the most important thing? She never loses sight of the fact that every day she needs to experience new fragrances and scents.
Domitille considers herself an architect of smell with a preference for enveloping signature fragrance structures rather than ornamental flowers. If the art of perfume constantly repeats itself and tests have to be done over and over, Domitille has the wisdom to accept the rules of the game and says that risk is the perfect challenge. “You have to polish and re-polish to get the very best out of yourself.”
The demands of her profession, an excellent know-how and an extended knowledge of perfume ingredients, make her believe “there is no such thing as a bad perfume, some of them only smell bad because they are not made correctly”.
Extremely fond of daring and unusual fragrance associations, Domitille has a very vivid, salient style that is both powerful and contrasting. Her creations whip up a reaction of even when toned down – just like the crime novels she devours. Always creating new perfumes that persist but are outside of current trends, her creations always complement the silhouette like a thick, rich cashmere sweater worn without ever compromising its elegance.
SOME OF HER PERFUMES:
Exotic by Jimmy Choo
Just Cavalli Men by Roberto Cavalli
RV Pure Women by Roberto Verino
Lanvin Me by Lanvin
Balenciaga Paris L’Eau Rose by Balenciaga
Versace Pour Homme Oud Noir by Versace
Baldessarini Mission Secret by Baldessarini
Jeanne Lanvin Couture by Jeanne Lanvin
Flowerbomb La Vie en Rose by Viktor & Rolf
Toujours Glamour by Moschino
Ô d’Azur by Lancôme
Midnight in Paris by Van Cleef & Arpels
Eau de Fleurs Lavande by Chloé
5:40PM à Madagascar by Kenzo