THOMAS FONTAINE

An independent perfumer since 2009 and founder of the Pallida consulting and creation company, Thomas Fontaine is today an emblematic figure of French High Perfumery after many years as a perfumer in different Houses such as Lubin, Jean Patou, l'Occitane, D&G and Sonia Rykiel.

Passionate about classical music, gastronomy and history, Thomas uses them as sources of inspiration, like an archaeologist who reworks old formulas and creates contemporary accords at the same time.  

Since July 2020, he has also been president of the Osmothèque, an association that has fulfilled the unique mission of being an international conservatory of perfumes since 1990. It houses recent formulas, lost masterpieces and historical creations. 

WINS

Gin Fizz de Lubin, Aqua Majestae du Couvent des Minimes, Apparition Pink d'Ungaro, Miel & Citron de l’Occitane, Début de Etienne Aigner, Cabotine Florissime de Grès, Joy Forever de Jean Patou, N°6 L’amoureux de D&G, For Men de Perry Ellis, Korrigan de Lubin, One Love de J.L. Scherrer, Bois d’Orient de J.C. Brosseau, Cruiser Man de Faberlic

A childhood scent?
The undergrowth in Sologne.

A cooking smell?
Saffron or pepper.

An unpleasant scent?
Certain sulphur-based notes.

Your perfect perfume?
The smell of sanctity...

The smell of a place?
Maquis or Sologne.

Your perfume?
The middle notes or Bel Ami, Pour Mr and Heure Attendue.

Your favourite smell ? 
My wife's!

When did you know that you wanted to become a perfumer?
In year 8.

What was your first creation?
The 1st Soho Win fragrance by Betrix PG in 1995.

Your favourite raw material or the one you work with most?
Patchouli, saffron, rose and leather.

Is there a raw material that you don’t like to work with?
Certain sulphur-based notes.

What sources of inspiration do you use when creating perfumes?
There are many: nature, music, literature, painting...

Which perfume would you have liked to have created?
Zino, Bel Ami, Bois des iles, Diva, among others...

Your most beautiful creation?
The next one.