Welcome to International Women’s Month! Scents of Self will be celebrating with tributes to the female pioneers of perfumery all month long. First up: Olivia Giacobetti!
I want to keep Olivia Giacobetti in my basement. Wait, let me try that again: I want to keep Olivia Giacobetti in my basement so that she can make me an endless supply of her brilliant fragrances. (Olivia, where are you going? Come back! I don’t even have a basement! OLIVIA I WILL TREAT YOU HUMANELY.)
A Giacobetti fragrance is instantly recognizable. She favors light, graceful strokes of bold notes, like a watercolor painting with bright colors. But it’s not just her talent that makes me want to keep Olivia in my basement (or the attic! Like Jane Eyre!) I also admire her unorthodox path as a perfumer.
Giacobetti is one of the very few perfumers who works outside of the perfume industry’s traditional fragrance firm system, and inarguably one of the most successful. She created her own company, Iskia, at age 24, after beginning her career at Annick Goutal at age 16. After 13 years of creating fragrances for the likes of Hermès, Diptyque, and Byredo, Giacobetti launched her own line, IUNX. Despite a challenging beginning (the original IUNX boutique closed in 2006), IUNX triumphantly reopened at the iconic Hotel Costes in 2008. Respect, Oli-G.
Choosing a Top 5 for my very favorite perfumer was so impossible that it almost immediately became a Top 7 list!
7 Olivia Giacobetti Fragrances Every Human Needs To Smell
L’Artisan Parfumeur Dzing!
L’Artisan’s tribute to the circus has Giacobetti playing lion tamer, softening this wild creature of leather and sawdust until it purrs.
No discussion of fig fragrances is complete without a mention of the gorgeously green Philosykos.
L’Artisan Parfumeur Safran Troublant
My #1. Saffron, sandalwood, unearthly beauty.
Frederic Malle En Passant
Tender, dew-soaked lilacs. Probably my favorite floral.
First name greatest, last name ever. Rum, saffron, and a souk’s worth of spices. I would trade an alarming number of organs for a bottle of the now-discontinued eau de toilette.
Honoré des Prés I Love Les Carottes
The carrot fragrance you never knew you needed! A very clever olfactory magic trick; crisp, rooty iris smells like carrots from a certain angle.
L’Artisan Parfumeur Jour de Fete
Cruelly discontinued. MAJOR party foul. Jour de Fete was the loveliest candied almond fragrance around.
In conclusion, the Giacobetti-Weinberg wedding will take place in June, our cat will be the ring-bearer, and you are all invited.
What’s your favorite Giacobetti fragrance? Did I miss any must-sniffs?
Disclaimers: This post is not sponsored and does not contain affiliate links. All fragrances featured in the post were purchased at full price by me, to my horror.