With Breton roots, perfumer Gilles Romey was born in the Paris area in 1952. At age 23, after completing a higher national diploma in biochemistry, he was hired thanks to his father as a lab technician at Robertet in Grasse. He fell in love with perfumery and learned the tricks of the trade as taught by Jean Guichard. He was then quickly scooped up by Caron to recreate the Maison’s legendary fragrances like Pour un Homme and Poivre in all their original splendour. His curiosity drove him to spend a period of time working in a much different aspect of perfumery. Recruited by Colgate, Gilles used his creativity to develop cleaning products and toiletries. He was then hired by Quest and returned to haute perfumery. Among other compositions, he created one of Serge Lutens’ first fragrances for the Salons du Palais Royal, Rose de Nuit. He also composed Eau de Rochas pour Homme (1993), Eau Vive by Carven (1997), Rocabar (1998), 24 Faubourg and Eau Délicate by Hermès (2003), and more.
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