Julien Rasquinet realized quite late, and thanks to the intuition of the famous perfumer Pierre Bourdon, that he was destined to creating perfumes. Since a very early age, Julien found in creative arts a way of communicating his feelings and thoughts. He loved to paint, to draw, to design and create costumes for theater and puppets. But it was only after graduating from business school that he discovered what would become his passion and profession.
When Pierre Bourdon met Julien, he instinctively discerned his sensibility and his potential to become a perfumer. He offered Julien to become his master. During 3 years of intensive training program, Pierre shared with him his creation philosophy, his techniques, his passion…. This encounter with Pierre Bourdon turned Julien’s life upside-down.
When Julien first went to the Middle East, he fell in love with Oriental perfumery. He discovered new codes of creation, perfumes made with intuition and passion. When IFF offered Julien the opportunity to join the team in the Middle East, he accepted with enthusiasm, seeing all the potential and the new challenges the region would offer.
Among our five senses, it seems that smell has a direct connection with memories and emotions. Julien believes that our olfactive memory is the strongest. “When I think of my childhood memories, the smells come first associated with the feeling I had, then I see the images and eventually hear a sound or music” he says. For Julien, our nose is always in alert, even when we don’t pay attention, it prints sensations in the deepest parts of our brains.