Perfume Chemistry

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Perfumers are chemists who focus on fragrance production.
They develop formulas to produce different smells in cleaning, laundry and personal-care products, and they add fragrance to everything from automobile air fresheners to antiperspirants. Some duties include:

Perfumers work about 5 to 6 days per week. They usually work from 9AM to 5PM during a regular work day. They may be requested to travel outside the country to meet with executives from international companies.

Employers prefer candidates with at least a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or organic chemistry. Some senior-level or management jobs may also require a business-related master’s degree. Individuals who wish to work in the perfume industry may complete post-graduate studies at the ISIPCA in Versailles, France. ISIPCA offers postgraduate programs in perfumery, cosmetics and food flavouring.

Although bachelor’s degrees in science and college-level coursework provide excellent foundational knowledge for perfumer jobs, many chemists enhance their knowledge and technical abilities through on-the-job learning. Most employers prefer perfumers to have an apprenticeship of at least six years.

Industry Knowledge Because perfumers create formulas used in consumer products, they must stay informed about the trends and demands of the consumer market. They leverage their professional relationships to find out about market trends and consumer feedback. Perfumers use this knowledge to better develop fragrances that appeal to a diverse consumer market with varying olfactory preferences.

Sensory Requirements
Because evaluating odors is the key aspect of perfumer jobs, individuals with this job must have an excellent sense of smell. They are knowledgeable about the smell of fragrance ingredients and how to mix these individual ingredients to produce enticing perfumes. Successful…...

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