Hiram Green stellt exklusive Düfte aus natürlichen Materialien von Hand her. Im Interview erzählt er TOBS, wie er seine Liebe zu Parfums entwickelte - und was die größte Herausforderung bei der Herstellung von Naturdüften ist.
I was born and grew up in Toronto, Canada. After my studies in fine arts I moved to London, England with the idea of becoming an artist. That didn’t quite work out. I quickly learned that I would need a ‘day job’ to support myself. My first job was in a perfume store. Perfume quickly took over my interests and after several years I opened my own perfume store selling all kinds of unusual fragrances. After sometime, I closed my perfume store and moved to Gouda, The Netherlands.
I have lived in Gouda for six years now. Although very different from London, I enjoy it here. Everything is close by. I work and live about a minute away from the market square where all the shops and cafes are. Gouda is so small that I can get on my bike and be in the countryside in about five minutes. I like that.
It is hard to think of a specific smell memory. The smell of my mother’s perfume and my father’s aftershave have strong memories and associations, so does the smell of my grandmother’s house when she was cooking.
It was only after I opened my own perfume store in London that I realised that most perfumes are not made from natural ingredients. I then tried to offer my customers a natural alternative and could not find anything suitable on the market. I began to experiment with mixing natural fragrant oils to try and make perfume.
I have a lot of favourite smells. If I had to list only four...flowers would be top of the list. It is too hard to choose one. I also like the smell of the forest, especial forests with evergreen trees. Coffee. I think I like the smell sometimes more than the taste. And of course, my perfumes.
Apart for perfume, I am very passionate about architecture. If I didn’t become a perfumer, I hope that I would have been an architect.
The challenges are ongoing. One thing that separates my natural perfumes from many other brands is that they have decent scent projection and longevity. This is not always easy to create and takes many attempts to get it just right.
Hmmm ... This is perhaps in the eye of the beholder.
My perfumes are entire natural. That means I do not use any synthetic ingredients in the creation of my fragrances. I also use no ingredients from animal origin.
What I enjoy about making perfume is that it makes me feel like an artist again. Ideas for a new perfume can come from anywhere. However, when it comes time to develop these ideas into a perfume, I begin to work intuitively with the fragrant materials.
I do not categorise my fragrances as being male or female scent. In fact, I made Dilettante for myself to wear as I enjoy the smell of orange flower. Nevertheless, I appreciate that some of my fragrances are more feminine, such as Moon Bloom. Perhaps in the future I will create a fragrance specially designed for men.
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