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Five minutes with: Olivier Gillotin

By MiNDFOOD

Olivier Gillotin is the creator of numerous fragrances, from Balenciaga’s Cristobal to Christian Dior’s Higher. His latest creation is Ralph Lauren’s Notorious, which is released 
this month, MiNDFOOD reports.

MiNDFOOD: What was the inspiration for Notorious?

It started 22 years ago, when I was living in Mexico. I was walking through a nearby forest and I found a flower that smelt like chocolate. That evening I met a woman who later became my wife. I didn’t know what the flower was but I never forgot it. Seven years ago I found the flower (chocolate cosmos) and I’ve been working on creating a fragrance with it ever since.

What are some of the other notes in the fragrance?

Notorious is an oriental fragrance, so some of its 
other notes are peony, vanilla and bergamot.

What is the best way to test 
a fragrance?

If you’re in a store and want to try lots of fragrances, it’s best to spray the fragrance in the air and walk into it. A fragrance smells different on everyone, and it’s best just to spray one fragrance at a time on your skin.

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