The perfumer’s perfumer, Calice Becker talks about her
signature style, the role of fragrance in people’s lives and
adapting to the evolving fragrance industry.
Many artists only became truly famous and appreciated after their death. In perfumery, we are lucky to have a few living legends whose work has achieved success and accolades in their time. Calice Becker is one of them. She has created one of the most inspiring accords
in modern perfumery (J’Adore Dior), most of the fragrances for By Kilian
Collection, the trendsetting Tommy Girl and countless more – showing
range and adaptability while leaving a clear signature of her own style.
Yet when you meet her, you discover an attitude of down-to-earth pragmatism coupled with a passion for beauty; a person very eager to share,
and not a hint of pretentiousness or the airs and graces one might expect
from a legitimate superstar of the fragrance world. There is the quiet
confidence that comes from having earned one’s place in a profession; no
interest in fame.
In fact, when we sit down at her desk on Avenue Kléber at Givaudan
in Paris, we first end up chattering away about perfume appreciation like
two enthusiasts who’d got together over a cup of tea. It is clear Calice
n BY PIA LONG,
Director, Olfiction Ltd., Pia@Olfiction.com,
Calice on her balcony in Paris. Photo courtesy of Calice Becker.