“I like the unexpected combination of polar opposite things.”

What do astronomy and perfumery have in common? Plenty, if you ask Shyamala Maisondieu, an aspiring astronomer-turned-perfumer. Like astronomy, perfumery blends creativity with scientific logic. Both require rigorous training and experience. “But there are still fewer perfumers in the world than astronomers!” she adds. Shyamala earned a degree in the field of engineering, but in the end, it was the artistic aspect of fragrance that captured her heart and led her to Givaudan. Her approach is poetic and inventive, dramatic and romantic. Her compositions blend comfort with the exotic sensuality of notes like frangipani and jasmine, flowers from her Malaysian childhood.

The fragrances of Shyamala Maisondieu

FLORAL / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
AROMATIC FOUGERE / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
WOODY / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)

Ingredients of choice

Neroli

Bergamot

Pear

Jasmine (Sambac)

Tangerine

Musk

Vanilla

Lavender

Ginger

Cotton Flower

Woody Ambery Accord

Red Ginger

Rose (Turkey)

Magnolia

Rose

Rose Centifolia

Sandalwood

Peony

Popcorn

Red Apple

Calone (Marine)

Patchouli

Vetiver

Guaiac Wood

Violet Leaves

Cedarwood (Atlas)

Styrax

White Pepper

Black Pepper

Grapefruit

Marine

Citruses

Cashmeran (Woody musky)

Green Notes

Ozonic Notes

Lotus

Mimosa

Almond

Lily

Tonka Bean

Oakmoss

Ambrette Seed

Bitter Orange

Rose Damascena

Salty

Heliotrope

Jasmine

Rose Petal

Woody Notes

Cedarwood

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