How did you come to be making fragrances? What drew you to the business?
I was working in photography. I think almost everyone around me was photographer – my family and other people. I [needed] to challenge me, at the time I was in Puerto Rico for photography and I just wanted to kind of get into another way to feel. The thing is, Aesop was a great influence in the beginning because I remember smelling perfume in the bottles of Aesop for a long, long time, and I wasn’t thinking of perfume at that time, so it’s an influence definitely. It is amazing to now be working together.
Is it a hard industry to come into? Do you feel like you’ve had your big breakthrough moment?
It’s definitely not a very friendly industry. I’m not hanging out too much in the perfume industry; I’m really trying to stay at the spot where I am – being an independent perfumer, which allows me actually to not accept projects that I don’t want to do. It gives me freedom to do other projects, like more artistic things. So I think it’s difficult to start doing perfumes, I was pretty lucky because I had somebody that taught me the way … somebody that was really [a] visionary, and that helped me to go quite quick in what I wanted.
What do you think is the hardest part of creating a fragrance?
That one particularly, it’s very hard to let go and say this is the final version. It’s the moment I think where you have to decide on the final version.
Is there anything that you want to change about the fragrance industry, or influence the way it works?
There are a lot of things I would like to change. We were talking about it earlier. The legislation is something, which is sort of killing the creativity of the perfumer. They are prohibiting the use of a lot of ingredients, which are amazing ingredients.
Do you use a lot of beauty products personally?
Not really, strangely. I try new things, some perfumes that I love. I’m always using this Aesop cream that I use. It’s called Perfect Cream, I think, I use a lot of this [as] working in a lab can sometimes give you irritation, and this is the only cream that totally solves everything. It’s quite incredible … I kind of can’t stand to go to the big shops with lots of perfumes. I don’t like the smells so I try to avoid them. I’m very protective with what I smell and what I want to smell.
Do you wear a fragrance?
I wear what I’m working on because I need to test how it goes on the skin and everything. Sometimes I wear Aesop Marrakech. Just as a kind of matter of thinking about how we created it. But I don’t have a personal fragrance.