The Juice: John Stephen,
the Cotswold Perfumer
Exactly how John ended up flying around France with
renowned fragrance folk, and having his own laboratory
atop an idyllic cottage at the Cotswolds, is not a typical
story of a perfumer.
When you ask John Stephen what he is most proud of in life, the answer he gives is getting a PPL-IR (a private pilot instrument rating license). It is a license that only a few private pilots earn, allowing the use of commercial flight paths and blind flight through
clouds. He first spent 10 years jumping out of planes, after a pub dare in
1980 turned into a real obsession. Eventually, he decided to fly too.
“I flew Luca Turin and Chandler Burr to France, and we traveled around
together like the terrible three,” said John. “The owner of Fragonard,
François, has a beautiful cottage on the hills of Grasse, and we spent
most of our days trying to work out what to have for dinner that night,”
John laughed. “The life they lead is quite something else; quite luxurious.
n BY PIA LONG
Director, Olfiction Ltd., Pia@Olfiction.com
All photos courtesy of John Stephen.