A tall, beautiful woman, a mixture of angles and curves, comes in. She is dressed in black, the luminous contrast of her skin and hair reminiscent of a classical painting, perhaps from the Dutch or Spanish Golden Age. The clothes she wears are simple but very fine, the fabric heavy and loose, densely black. She takes a deep breath, closes her eyes: She is happy to be here. She savors life, dividing it carefully into separated spaces and times, like bubbles, the better to love and to recharge and to reenergize herself, to live life to the fullest. Anne is a master perfumer. This means she has reached a pinnacle of her art and that she can, and must, teach others and that she strives, tirelessly, to develop her profession.

How did it come about? Anne is a firm believer in the notion that “everything that happens to us is our own doing.” Anne is her own source of creation. She is also mindful. Being obsessed with understanding and embracing everything, she looks for the logic in her own path so as to connect with herself, seize her essence, seek fulfillment. And this process she applies in masterly fashion to her perfume making.

Anne is not a mathematician but she could be. The rigor of formulation, the reverie of data deposited in sedimentary layers or disappearing in a cloud, sorted by an almost meditative state of mind to a rhythm determining a form of harmony. It is these cosmic principles that result in the mathematicians’ “well-formed formula,” which Anne would learn to master: “I am very rigorous and self-disciplined. It’s probably due to my upbringing, because I wasn’t allowed to do anything other than what had been organized for me, until I was 15".

“Today, after 35 years in perfumery, I still work to the same rhythm. The driving force at its core is that between 2 and 4 p.m. I am not active; I am present and absent; I’m at an in-between place where my ideas can come and go. It’s like a highly orchestrated meditative process that allows me to play with my brain: let it all in and let it all out. Then I go through everything and select only what I need to keep, and I do that every day. Outside of that fragile, suspended time which I protect from interruptions, in the morning I jump to my computer, I know exactly what my priorities are and what I need to do, and in the evening, once I’ve smelled everything, I organize the next morning.” That rigor, those controlled periods of time, those protective circles around the spaces in her mind, the absence of walls, partitions or compartments, the passages between all of the ideas and impressions, are Anne’s true creative springboard and what make her unique. As for inspiration, Anne dismisses the notion with her hand: “Ideas are everywhere; you just have to use them".
©Michael Avedon

The fragrances of Anne Flipo

AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / FLORAL
FLORAL / CITRUS

Ingredients of choice

Rose

Patchouli

Orange Blossom

Musk

Jasmine (Sambac)

Mandarin

Bergamot

Lavender

Amber

Juniper Berries

Rose (Turkey)

Blackcurrant Bud

Pink Pepper

Gourmand Accord

Vanilla

Benzoin

Neroli

Magnolia

Lotus

Gardenia

Mate

Ginger

Cedarwood

Tuberose

Vetiver

Saffron

Pear

Blackberry

Ciste Labdanum

Orange

Cashmeran (Woody musky)

Praline

Honey

Coumarin (Tonka Bean note)

Lavandin

Gentian

Tonka Bean

Fennel Seeds

Moss

Geranium

Peppermint

Violet Leaves

Blackcurrant

Marine

Iso E Super (Cedarwood Note)

Violet

Wildflowers

Davana

Iris / Orris

Ylang-ylang

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