Nicolas Bonneville


Nicolas was an early starter, going into perfumery at 14. It was during a trip to Grasse that he met his first mentor. Jacques Maurel. He then joined Takasago and worked with two master perfumers, Françoise Caron and Francis Kurkdjian. At the age of 27 he joined Fragrance Resources.

Nicolas views his profession as exploration! A perfume is never a mere coincidence; it’s thought through and developed methodically. Nicolas asks himself a lot of questions about how to concoct novelties - whether they’re brand new interpretations or adaptations of classic formulas. His inspiration often comes from natural essences, which is something that’s been inherent to him ever since his apprenticeship in Grasse.

The fragrance It was a time that was a time is the fruit of an artistic collaboration with the English artist Shezad Dawood and a reflection of the reconstruction of a civilisation after a catastrophe...the hurricane Sandy. The idea of something primal and animalistic came to me immediately, and some parts of the film are shot on the beach oriented me towards a note of grey amber. 

Perfumes created by Nicolas Bonneville