Bertrand Duchaufour is one of the very best perfumers around, has become a sort of informal king of niche, and indeed helped define the sector with his work for Artisan Parfumeur, Neela Vermeire and Aedes among others. I was curious to see how many fragrances he had composed to date. The answer, from Michael Edwards’ database, is 140. His equally influential former colleague Mark Buxton did 144. Plotted by year, after a slow start in the late ’90s, Duchaufour’s creations show some extraordinary peaks of industry (14 frags in 2002, 21 in 2012). His epochal masterpieces, Dzongkha and Timbuktu, date from relatively quiet years. The baseline is rising and he has composed 12 fragrances so far in 2016. I spoke to Michel Roudnitska a few days ago and he explained to me that his father had worked on Eau Sauvage for 2 1/2 years. For the record, Edmond only composed 12 fragrances in his lifetime. They were Dior Dior, Diorama, Diorella, Diorissimo, Eau d’Hermès, Eau Fraiche, Eau Sauvage (+ Extrême), Femme, Le Parfum de Thérèse, Moustache and Ocean Rain. As they say, you do the math.
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