about Aliénor Massenet

Aliénor Massenet grew up in a family of artists – her aunt was a painter – and scientists of French and Hungarian origins. Smells have always been part of her life. “I used my smell more than my other senses. It was my main point of reference.” At 12, she liked smelling everything she came across and even had fun guessing the perfumes worn by people on her way to school – like daily challenges. So, one day, when a friend of her mother’s told her about the perfumer’s trade, it sounded obvious. At 17, she worked at Firmenich for a month as a trainee, which confirmed her vocation. However, she decided to please her parents and studied Art History first. Meanwhile, from 1990 to 1992, she attended a part-time perfuming course offered by Monique Schlinger (Cinquième Sens).

After a two-year part-time job at Florasynth, she joined IFF in NYC in 1995 for a six-month internship, during which she assisted Sophia Grojsman and Carlos Benhaïm. This experience eventually lasted six years – enough time for her to live her American dream, enhance her technique and, even better, work on her first major project: Intuition for Men by Estée Lauder, co-signed with Pierre Wargnye. Then, she went back to IFF, this time in Paris, where she worked for 12 years, in particular on the iconic Drakkar Noir fragrance by Guy Laroche, with Pierre Wargnye.

Aliénor joined Symrise in January 2016 as a senior perfumer.

Focus
Luxe Pack New York rescheduled to September

Luxe Pack New York rescheduled to September

Amid the latest developments of the Covid-19 epidemic in New York and the USA, the Luxe Pack management team has decided to postpone further the event to September 15th and 16th, 2020. The venue is unchanged: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (Hall 1B). With these new dates, the show will be almost concomitant with the MakeUp in (...)

read more
Experts’ views
Radical reinvention : Disrupting the next decade of beauty

Cosmetics Inspiration & Creation
Radical reinvention : Disrupting the next decade of beauty

Beauty is an ever-changing industry. Yet some changes make more of an impact than others. The more society changes, the more these changes cascade into the Beauty market. During the last MAD Cosmetics Innovations conference, organised by Premium Beauty News in Paris, Leila Rochet, Founder of Cosmetics Inspiration & Creation, (...)

read more

Features