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Juliette Karagueuzoglou

Senior Perfumer
International Flavors & Fragrances

© Michael Avedon
© Michael Avedon


Succinct and precise formulas, ideas and a will: Juliette shapes her perfumes in her own image.

The senses aroused

Since her early childhood, Juliette has smelt everything around her and described all she smells. “I used my sense of smell more than any other sense and my parents always thought I would later work in perfumery”. An olfactory memory? No, many olfactory memories!

A profession, a revelation

It came very early. Juliette was only 13 years old when she heard about this profession from one of her aunts. She still remembers the day she understood there was a perfumer behind each perfume. “I immediately decided that I wanted to become a perfumer”, Juliette remembers.
The aim was now clear, but the journey was still long. After her scientific Baccalaureate and a degree in chemistry, Juliette passed the ISIPCA entrance exam.
At the end of her studies she joined IFF in March 2002. After one year as perfumer assistant and three years of training with the top IFF perfumers in Paris, Juliette joined the IFF perfume school in January 2006 sharing her time between Grasse and New York.
She then returned to Paris and became junior perfumer in July 2007. Throughout her apprenticeship years, Juliette never forgot her childhood desire and always believed one day she would be a perfumer.

Art and style

Juliette describes her job with the same realism: “being a professional perfumer requires three fundamental qualities: technical qualities (a trained sense of smell, knowing basic ingredients and how to use them), good human relations (understanding a brief, a client, enjoying human contacts) and finally one’s personality, which will determine the aesthetics and character of the perfumes one creates”.

Her perfumery style is concise and to the point: “I like short formulas that remain unswamped, and this approach is linked to the working methods of those who trained me”.

The olfactory future

Technically, we all have the capacity to smell well. But unfortunately and unlike the other senses, the smell is not sufficiently developed. “When very young, we learn at school to recognise colours, sounds, tastes, but never smells, although it is the first sense that a baby develops! In my opinion, the perfumery could progress thanks to a better education of children, teaching them to recognize and memorize odours”.