Parc Montsouris, Paris, on a chilly but sunny winter afternoon. This is where Delphine’s heart beats strongest in her adored marvelous peerless childhood a source of joy and nostalgia where it all began: “This is the mental realm of my perfume story, where I was born my real home, those utterly carefree years of childhood finding delight in little things." Delphine’s forebearers were Spanish and Italian. She grew up in the streets around Parc Montsouris with a host of cousins It was a carefree time, full of joy and sharing, as bright as the light in the southern climes of her ancestors.
She started out studying medicine following in her father’s footsteps but she missed expressing her creative side too much the lack of freedom of expression and imagination was too painfu.l So she entrusted her future to fate and went to a library where she was struck by an article about professional perfumers It was a world she knew nothing about. Perfume didn’t really exist for me before that article In fact that was what I liked about it discovering something quite new, unfamiliar and mysterious. Delphine threw herself headlong into the new adventure studying chemistry then working in quality control for Guerlain and enrolling at the Givaudan Roure Perfumery School. Looking back, she recalls that she was always sensitive to scents in her own unique way with a sense of smell closely bound up with her sense of touch. But is there always a need for a rational explanation ?? “My mother would take me to the market and I would pick everything up to sniff, which annoyed the stall holders who kept telling me not to touch. They didn’t like that and I did like going to perfume shops. There was something magical about them like my grandmother’s powder she wore Guerlain’s Météorites Orris and rice powder have a nostalgic facet that I really love, without quite knowing why It’s an emotion it’s not something I can rationalize or explain that’s just the way it is".
At perfumery school Delphine found her tribe: “The eight of us lived in a bit of a bubble in a magnificent listed building in Grasse, with a huge fireplace and a vast terrace overlooking the lower part of the town It was a fabulous time. We joked around a lot and though it was hard being away from our families it was great fun and we were the best of friends and I found it brilliant spending all day studying perfume. They were pretty strict. They didn’t want us formulating fragrances from the outset. First, we had to learn about the basic raw ingredients and work on accords, then analyze classic fragrances. All the while we were itching to get started so we did it in secret." Delphine knew this was the place for her. She felt perfectly at home, in touch with herself and that confidence set her on a strong footing to face all the ups and downs she was to encounter in an industry constantly buffeted by mergers and acquisitions.