Laurent Le Guernec

A self-made success, Laurent Le Guernec’s passion for perfume is palpable and he brings great intent to every project. Always willing to rise to the challenge, there isn’t much that this perfumer hasn’t already mastered. With over ten Fragrance Foundation awards under his belt, the fine fragrance community has recognized Laurent’s work in practically every category that exists.

As a child growing up on the outskirts of Paris, Laurent was exposed to many forms of aesthetics, from weekend trips to museums with his grandfather, to his enduring fascination with the world of fashion.  Laurent’s sense of taste always has been an important part of his identity, but he never knew how much it would affect his life until one fateful day at the age of 18. A college fair introduced him to the world of perfume and the prestigious school ISIPCA; Laurent immediately left the path of his chemistry studies to discover his natural gift for olfactory creation at the world-renowned institute.

Laurent trained in Grasse with the legendary creator of the world’s most exquisite natural materials, Laboratoire Monique Rémy (LMR), now part of IFF. There, he developed his reverence for raw materials, and discovered firsthand the captivating scent of white florals after dark in the LMR gardens.  Laurent credits those twilight blossoms with his later inspirations to modernize the white floral, in creations like Michael Kors Michael for Women, the fragrance for which he was awarded his first Fragrance Foundation accolade. Flowers such as lilium casa blanca, gardenia and tuberose continue to play a distinctive role in his palette and market successes.  Later, he mentored with perfume greats Jean-Claude Ellena and Pierre Bourdon, honing his use of naturals and the skill of imagining the scent of a formula simply by reading its ingredients.

A minimalist at heart, Laurent’s approach to perfume is based on purity of composition, and subtlety, which allows him to engage directly with the emotion in his customer. “For me,” he says, “fragrance has to be intrinsically beautiful.”