With a literary soul, Alexandra Carlin is fascinated by words. Their evocative power and the emotional charge they convey are in perfect harmony with her vocation of perfumer. Creating a perfume is like telling a story...

Finding the perfect accord that will touch the hearts of others. Her natural artistic sensitivity and imagination are always at the origin of her creativity. A poetic expression, the creations of a great pastry chef or a journey to the ends of the earth... With her nose and imagination always on alert, Alexandra Carlin nourishes her job with her eclectic influences.

Your favorite memory of being a perfumer?

On my first trip to Madagascar, in 2014, there was a powerful and wet smell of roots and earth... when it took five people to succeed in uprooting a vetiver stand using crowbars, a tool for digging holes in the rock.

Do you have a mania, a little habit when you create?
I have three sandglasses, of 15 minutes, 30 minutes and 1 hour, it's better than a watch! They help me to organize myself when I have a big day, and 12 projects to develop at the same time. But I have a subtle relationship with time: sometimes trying to discipline it doesn't make sense. You have to accept the unpredictable part of it, let time surprise you.

What is your favorite raw material?

The labdanum, oriental, dense and warm. When I first smelled it, at perfumery school, I remembered the passage from La Gloire de mon père where Marcel Pagnol evokes "the golden smell of resin, whose long, motionless tears shone in the light shadows on the black bark".

Among the fragrances you've created, what are your three favorites?

First Cuir Curcuma, from Affinessence, a very spicy scent that was inspired by a turmeric latte from the Ayurvedic tradition. Then Chaï Musc, from Bombay Perfumery, a young Indian brand. I like the contrast between a very citrusy top note and a musky base. I wanted to tell the story of a tea that is drunk in India all day long, spiced with ginger and lemongrass, and gourmet with its hot milk and roasted nut accord. It is the one my husband is wearing today! Finally, Gingerlise, one of my fragrances chosen by J.U.S. Creating a cologne, my favorite olfactory family, was a real challenge, I was a bit nervous. I replaced lemon with an overdose of Madagascar ginger, also poetically called "blue ginger" because its root takes on this color when it oxidizes in contact with the air. So I surrounded it with raw materials which remind me of blue, such as absinthe, angelica, myrtle or cabreuva wood.

The fragrances of Alexandra Carlin

Affinessence

GINGEMBRE-LATTE

WOODY / CITRUS
FLORAL / FRUITY
FLORAL / CITRUS

Ingredients of choice

Ginger

Lemongrass

Mate

Bergamot

Vetiver

Cedarwood

Tonka Bean

Musk

Iris / Orris

Patchouli

Pink Pepper

Sandalwood

Lemon

Orange Blossom

Jasmine

Pepper

Grapefruit

Green Tea

Blackcurrant Bud

Blueberry

Macaroon

Mandarin

Heliotrope

Citruses

Vanilla

Neroli

Petitgrain

Cauliflower

Amyris

Orchid

Apple

Magnolia

Rose Tea

Ivy

Blackberry

Chocolate

Juniper Berries

Lavender

Leather

Geranium

Rose (Bulgaria)

Raspberry

Lychee

Woody Ambery Accord

Osmanthus

Incense / Olibanum

Tuberose

Ciste Labdanum

Rhubarb

Carnation

The perfumes that captivate you and the ingredients that brings them to life shape your olfactory profile. Here you can develop it. And because scents reveal your essence, you'll receive recommendations that fit your olfactory personality like a glove.

Sign up to save your searches, findings and our recommendations.