Fragrance has played an important part in my life for as long as I can remember.
As a child in the 70’s and teenager in the 80’s I consider myself lucky to have grown up in era where fragrances had highly unique characters and bold style. My earliest memories of Jean Nate then later White Linen & Obsession captured my imagination and I spent my teen years curating each part of my day with products carefully chosen for their scents—from my soap and deodorant to lotions and fine fragrances.
Although I’m curious and analytical by nature, something about these scents compelled me to savor the mystery and magic they held for me instead of trying to immediately understand them.
It wasn’t until after college when I landed a job as a flavor chemist in a Brooklyn flavor house that I began to understand how fragrances were really made.
My training began in a laboratory studying ingredients and how to create a formula. Most importantly I discovered the connection between flavors and fragrances—they were in fact part of the same industry.
I had the chance to follow my true passion—perfumery—accepting a job at a NYC fragrance house. Since then I’ve dedicated the past two decades of my life to crafting scents for many brands including my own. I truly love the process of developing fragrances.
Throughout my 24-year career as a professional perfumer in New York City and now Los Angeles, I’ve developed fragrances from personal care to prestige for many brands including Coty, Laura Mercier, Fresh, Estee Lauder and Kevin Murphy.
Ten years ago I began my journey as an independent perfumer with the development of my first fragrance brand Sebastian Signs, named after my grandfather’s sign shop (the original “indie” entrepreneur I looked up to while growing up). In 2016 I launched my second brand Provision, which features both fine fragrances and a full collection of self-care, natural apothecary products. I shared my inspiration for this new collection with WWD in their article “Provision Champions Self Care for Sophisticated Beauty Shoppers“.
In 2014 I was selected by The Institute for Art and Olfaction (IAO) to be the sole perfumer to create the “scent journey” for the Hammer Museum’s Exhibition, A Trip to Japan in Sixteen Minutes Revisited. In 2015 I teamed up with IAO again to create the fragrances for The Huntington Library, Environmental Scents Exhibition, which is a permanent exhibit in the visitor’s center of the museum. I’ve also served as a judge for the The Art and Olfaction Awards for the past four years (2014-2017).