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Master Perfumer: Jean-Claude Ellena

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The nose behind Hermès since 2004, Jean-Claude Ellena is a truly groundbreaking pillar of the fragrance world. 

Collaborating with Laboratorio Olfattivo founder Roberto Drago, he has lent his craft to three luxurious perfumes to the Master’s Collection. Born from their collective passion for fragrance is Baliflora and Tuberosis.

Building his career from the ground up, Ellena first stepped foot in the perfume world selling jasmine to perfumers with his grandmother in Grasse and has since created some of the world’s most alluring scents. 

Profoundly influenced by pioneering perfumer Edmond Roudnitska, and his article Advice to a Young Perfumer, Ellena himself has detailed his perfume journey in his autobiography - Perfume: The Alchemy of Scent, as well as The Diary of a Nose: A Year in the Life of a Parfumeur.

Combining floral and fresh, the subtly sweet Baliflora explores familiar notes of mandarin, orange blossom and frangipani. Completed by the exotic scent of jasmine, this tropical fragrance will have you dreaming of Indonesia. 

In contrast, the sophisticated and smooth blend of Tuberosis combines indian carnations, tuberose and musk, with romantic hints of spice. Sure to intrigue the fragrance connoisseur, this luxuriously relaxing scent will leave you reminiscent of a balmy summer evening in Paris. 

A more recent addition to the Masters Collection, Ellena again showcases his true fragrance mastery in Mandarino. Inspired by what he considers the most joyous of citrus fruits, this fresh scent embodies the joie de vivre of the Italian landscape, replicating the winter sun envisioned by its creator. The first to be released in the Viaggio in Italia Collection, two more luxurious scents, Limone and Bergamotto will be released in spring. 

Formulated to be both simple and sophisticated, the scent is emboldened by Italian mandarin, enjoying subtle notes of blackcurrant and white musk, for a unique sensory experience.