“When I was very, very young I fell in love with perfume. I had no idea, of course, perfumers existed. And destiny, fate, whatever you want to call it, had it in store that I would end up working in the perfumery industry. “Of course, nobody employed me straight off as a perfumer. My first job was to develop a perfuming training course for a very important French house. Which meant that I was able to go to the south of France, and then started to learn about the raw materials.