Mr. Roucel rules!

I was away for the weekend, otherwise I would have written about it on Saturday ASAP. 🙂

It was great fun and I was a bit surprised to find myself nodding to many things Mr. Roucel discussed. I somehow thought perfumers were more than just real human beings one could have a fun conversation with.

It was supposed to be a talk on the subject of Noir perfumes but the discussion spontaneously moved on in  another direction and we got to hear Mr. Roucel give his opinion on many subjects.

He makes a lot of sense and sounds very down-to-earth and realistic in his thoughts on many different perfume  subjects.

Some of the things he mentioned:

“Oud is fantastique!” – as he went on to explain it has so many different facets and is therefore a good material to work with.

“Perfume is about smelling good” – and not about sex (on the subject of how fashion perceives perfumes these days).

And he loves Suskind’s Parfum – thinks of it as a work of art actually, which makes me ashamed to admit I haven’t read it yet.

Anyway, I would say Mr. Roucel has a new fan club in Zagreb now (as evidenced below):


A quick photo session at Velvet


The chandelier getting in the way

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One blurry photo with me

And before you all go thinking I had a chat with Maurice, it was just two sentences in which he asked what I was wearing, to which I happily replied L de Lolita Lempicka. 🙂 My little perfume company all wore Mr. Roucel’s creations in honour of his talk.


P.S. I made a video with my phone, some 20 minutes of the talk . I’m trying to make it available on request (it’s still in the process), I will not be posting it publicly though.

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9 thoughts on “Mr. Roucel rules!

  1. Suzanne June 17, 2013 at 17:20 Reply

    Ines, I’m glad you had so much fun and got to meet M. Roucel in an upclose way, even if you didn’t have a long chat with him. And you got your picture taken with him – very cool! Btw, you look lovely, even with the chandelier in the way in that middle photo.

    If you figure out how to make your video available, I’d love to be on the list to see it. 🙂


    • Ines June 18, 2013 at 15:17 Reply

      Suzanne, I’ll do my best to make video available to everyone who wants to see it. 🙂
      I certainly hope I get another chance to talk to him. Properly. 🙂


  2. Olfactoria June 18, 2013 at 09:12 Reply

    Sounds like a great evening! So interesting!
    And you MUST read Süßkind’s Perfume ASAP!!!!!


    • Ines June 18, 2013 at 15:18 Reply

      It was! 🙂
      And I will! 😉


  3. Vanessa June 19, 2013 at 13:57 Reply

    This looks like a very fun and intimate gathering! M Roucel has always come across as quite approachable – wasn’t it he who famously tango-ed with Michelyn Camen?

    And I second B’s comment about reading Perfume. Hey, I read it and saw the film before I was even *into* perfume! 😉


    • Ines June 20, 2013 at 10:46 Reply

      Well, I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if he did. 🙂 He seems to enjoy life to the fullest.
      Ok, I’m reading Perfume as soon as I finish the series I’m reading now.


  4. Natalie July 1, 2013 at 18:45 Reply

    So nice to hear that a perfumer who has created many perfumes I like so much is also a nice person. Thanks for sharing!


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