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Thierry WASSER

Exclusive Perfumer of Guerlain

Thierry Wasser is a free spirit. Very early in life he learned to trust his instinct and allowed his curiosity and a few special people to guide him through a series of magical and creative encounters. He seems to have been destined to follow a career in perfume.

Born in 1961 in Montreux, growing up in the countryside of Switzerland, Thierry unconsciously developed his sense of smell by collecting and drying herbs. He recounts his daily walks to school as profoundly more interesting than the classroom. “I collected herbs like other boys my age collected football cards.” This hobby allowed him to revel in creating new concoctions. By age of 20, he received Federal Diploma in Botany.

After coming across an article about Givaudan in a local Swiss magazine, Thierry spontaneously made an appointment with Jean Hadorn, the Director of the perfumery school. He enrolled in a standard course at Givaudan in 1981 and by 1987, he became a Fine Fragrance Perfumer with Givaudan, Paris.

In 1993, he accepted Firmenich’s proposal to join them in New York and get the taste of the “big apple”. This lasted 9 years. Shortly after the birth of the fragrance Dior Addict, Thierry returned to Paris.

His professional life has been marked by a series of outstanding encounters with “spiritual guides”. He describes the act of fragrance creation as the direct expression of these encounters. “If an original idea, a spark, comes from a single person, it takes two to communicate that idea”. For Guerlain, he is the author of Quand vient la pluie and Iris Ganache in 2007.

In 2008 Thierry became Guerlain Exclusive Perfumer and created Guerlain Homme EDT (then EDP Intense and L’Eau), Idylle EDP in 2009 (then EDT, Duet Rose Patchouli, L’Eau and Eau Sublime), Tonka Imperiale, Flora Nymphéa, Cologne du Parfumeur, Shalimar Ode à la Vanille in 2010 ; Jasminora, Shalimar Parfum Initial, Floral Romantique and London in 2011. 2012 saw the creation of several fragrances: Lys Soleia, Guerlain Homme Eau Boisée, Shalimar Parfum Initial L’Eau, Idylle Duet Jasmin Lilas, Myrrhe & Délires, Les Déserts d’Orient, La Petite Robe Noire (September 2012) and Shanghai (September 2012).

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