Alexis Grugeon was born in Beauvais, a small town in a region of Northern France that is surrounded by forests and nature. He loved everything about his childhood and youth: the local beauty, playing sports - especially rugby, and being a drummer in local bands.

One day, this young drummer and rugby player came into contact with the world of perfumery when, at the age of nine, he visited the Perfume Museum in Grasse. Suddenly, Alexis realized what he wanted his future to be, and told his family and friends: “Perfume will become the center of my life!”

Following his secondary education, Alexis joined the first class of L’École Supérieure de Parfum, the new perfumery school in Paris where he spent three years and earned a degree in Applied Chemistry for the fragrance industry. During this period he interned at a fragrance house in New York, returning to Grasse as an Apprentice Perfumer during the summer months.

Today he devotes himself to creating new textures and playing with contrasts, and he particularly loves combining addictive ingredients. “I’m always looking for ways to blend together surprising elements that result in totally unexpected effects.” Olfactive creation fascinates and excites him. “I don’t have the sense that I am working – but that I am enjoying the pleasure of my passion.”

Alexis shares that he has always been color-blind so he is not influenced by colors. In fact, he suggests that his color-blindness allowed him to develop his early sensitivity to fragrance. “That probably explains my very young attraction to the world of scent. Perfume is my color!”

But while the solitary discipline of competitive sports stimulates him, more than anything he loves contact with other people and sharing ideas with his colleagues at Firmenich – especially with the master perfumers. “They are so humble, but their creativity, their humanity, and their sense of family are incredible.” Alexis is always open to discovery, and hopes to keep this attitude alive in his work. He says, “My goal is to create new fragrance signatures through rewarding collaborations, to create emotions, and to continue to grow through my work,” concluding “I think I have the best job in the world!”

The fragrances of Alexis Grugeon

Angel Schlesser | Les Eaux d'Un Instant

MEDITERRANEAN CYPRESS

WOODY / CITRUS
Avon | Incandessence

INCANDESSENCE SOLEIL

FLORAL / CITRUS
Ermenegildo Zegna

VERDIGRIS

WOODY / CITRUS

Ingredients of choice

Cypress

Bergamot

Sandalwood

Ambrox (Ambergris)

Iris / Orris

Cardamom

Lavender

Tonka Bean

Geranium

Mint

Jasmine

Fruity Notes

Freesia

Lemon

Magnolia

Mandarin

Musk

Cascalone (Marine)

Aldehyde

Thyme

Violet Leaves

Cypriol / Nagarmota

Cedarwood (Atlas)

Violet

Ciste Labdanum

Copahu Balm / Copaïba

Smoke

Woody Notes

Ice Cube Effect

Rose Damascena

Lychee

Velvet accord

Patchouli

Blackcurrant

Raspberry

Rose (Turkey)

Pear Blossom

Caramel

Pear

Fig

Pink Pepper

Pineapple

Leatherwood

Sea Water

Peony

Red Currant

Mimosa

Strawberry

Vanilla

Tuberose

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