The Perfumer: Nathalie Feisthauer
As a tomboy in her native Alsace, the teenaged Nathalie never paid much attention to scent until she wandered into a perfumery in Strasbourg and fell in love with a provocatively spicy scent… Soon, she spent her spare time sniffing and – those were the days before internet – digging up the addresses of perfume companies at the post office. Somehow, she nabbed an appointment with a gentleman who asked her what her favorite perfume was. “Opium”, she answered. “I made that”, Jean-Louis Sieuzac shot back. Trained at the prestigious Roure School of perfumery, Nathalie has authored Hermès Eau des Merveilles (with Ralf Schwieger), a slew of Comme des Garçons including the infamous Tar, as well as the luscious Van Cleef & Arpels Gardénia Pétales… An independent perfumer, this is her first collaboration with AEDES DE VENUSTAS, a brand whose style she defines as “raw elegance”. About Pélargonium, she says “my aesthetic inspiration was an old-school flower everyone thinks they know, even though no one really knows it”.