The Juice: Tim Gage
How this nature-loving shy East London lad came to be one of
the most respected, well-loved and successful figures in British
perfumery is a story deeply connected to time and place.
Tim Gage—a senior technical perfumer at CPL Aromas—started his career over 30-year-long career with what he describes as a happy accident. “My dad is a keen cyclist and a member of a club, so every weekend we were out at his cycle races, and afterward we’d go around Essex looking for windmills and
on long walks,” Tim reminisced. “I developed a real love of nature, and
particularly a love of observing it in every form.”
Tim has since cultivated a fairly serious nature photography hobby—his
black-and-white macro images of flora and sensitive portraits of fauna
decorate the new CPL Aromas U.K. creative center at Bishop's Stortford.
“I was at sixth form, studying geology and fossils. And suddenly I
realised that to get into a museum and study the really interesting stuff—I
don't mean dinosaurs; I mean trilobites and the everyday environment—
getting in to do that as a career would be a dead man’s shoes job,” explained
Tim. “So then I thought, maybe I could work on an oil rig looking through
a microscope at ostracods (tiny crustaceans). They use them to predict
BY PIA LONG
Photo courtesy of Tim Gage.
I developed a real
love of nature,
and particularly a
love of observing
it in every form.